The Ignatz Awards, the top award for indie and small-press comics, just announced its 2015 nominees. More than half the nominees are women, an increasingly common phenomena in comics awards. Female creators dominated in the Minicomic, Online Comic, and Promising New Talent categories, which favor up-and-coming new artists.

Three creators scored three nominations apiece: Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy), Sophia Foster-Dimino (Sex Fantasy), and Ethan Rilly (Pope Hats). But the list covers a wide range of creators, from seasoned indie pros—John Porcellino got a nod for the 75th issue of his incredibly long-running minicomic King-Cat—to newcomers.

The winners will be announced next month at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland.

Art credits: Sophia Foster-Dimino, Ethan Rilly

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