Sunnyville Fails to Make Ignatz Awards

Sometime ago, I reported that I was submitting Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 to the Ignatz Awards. As a refresher, the Ignatz Awards are an industry award for small press comics organized by the Small Press Expo.

Just recently (as the event draws near), the nominees were announced. Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 DID NOT make the nominations.

This is yet another defeat in the many that the Sunnyville Stories property has had – quite a contrast to the very few successes it has had.

To be honest, I shouldn’t be surprised. As I explained when I originally submitted the books, the chances of even being nominated were slim. Hundred of works, maybe thousands, are submitted every year.

At least the means of judging and selecting the nominations are much more fair than Anthrocon and its art show awards – those are based more on a “good old boy” system.

I’m still divided on whether or not to submit Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter to next year’s awards. Again, the deck is stacked against me so I don’t know whether it’s worth submitting.

Then again, the original reason I sent was that almost zero chance that I’d get one of the nominations. Getting a nomination or even the award itself would’ve been a huge boost to my credibility.

At least, I learned from the mistakes made during the first volume. Based on what happened, I worked hard to make the next volume stronger. Then again, the art and writing of the first book was weaker since it’s so early in the series and the characters hadn’t been fully defined yet.

To everyone out there who enjoys my work – thank you.

Don’t forget that you can still get Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 for Kindle as well as paperback. Check out the book’s Goodreads entry for other retailers as well as libraries carrying it!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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