The Expozine Alternative Press Awards

Thursday April 24, 2014, 5 – 8 p.m., Divan Orange, 4234 Saint-Laurent (Mont-Royal métro).

None other than Montreal’s own Lederhosen Lucil was the MC for the evening.

THE WINNERS

English Book

A Teenage Suicide, Ian Truman

Truman’s third self-published novel follows a group of friends working through late adulthood issues of identity, depression, and lots of tough choices. Set in and around Montreal and in particular its punk, art, activist and student scenes, its down-to-earth raconteur style provides an enduring snapshot of young-adult life in the big city today.

English Comic

Long Division, Part One, Joyana McDiarmid

The four-colour cover, beautifully silkscreened both inside and out, immediately drew my attention to this, as did its machine-sewn binding. The sense of solidarity is strong in this comic. The commitment her entourage demonstrates in the narrative reveals how collective intervention benefits the protagonist’s wellbeing as well as their own. I look forward to getting my hands on Long Division’s second part to follow Elena through the ups and downs of trying to fit into the restrictions of a normalizing world.

English Zine

Grandparents Zine, Kerri Flannigan

Grandparents Zine is a collection of nineteen personal essays about grandparents based on the contributors’ memories or on family lore, each story accompanied by a black and white illustration evoking the story’s theme. The stories are honest and often bitter-sweet; not the cliché memories of nurture and bondings that one might expect to find in a zine about grandparents. Grandparents Zines paints a refreshingly nuanced portrait of inter-generational relationships.

Fanzine francophone

Le Cosmographe no.1, prise d’armes, Collectif Cosmographe (Sébastien B. Gagnon, Shawn Cotton)

Parce que cet ouvrage comporte une mission claire, une fulgurance, des désirs pleins les bras, de la beauté à revendre dans ses pages. Pour l’alliage entre le fanzine politique, la poésie libre et sa matérialisation papier. Par amour sincère de la liberté créatrice et son improbabilité sociale.

MENTION SPECIALE !

Têtes de Mickey, ouvrage collectif publié par Mille Putois

Un livre hors catégorie, un assemblage superbe de plusieurs créateurs dans une facture livresque digne des maîtres du DIY.

Livre francophone

Cannibale Maison, Roxane Desjardins et Coco-Simone Finken

Il y a dans ce petit livre tout la beauté d’une œuvre ou d’un projet savamment élaboré. Un texte cerné et efficace, une mise en page et une intégration graphique qui appuie avec équilibre le déroulement de l’histoire. De plus, la facture globale de l’ouvrage se situe très près de l’expérience intime, de la manipulation créatrice et la fabrication artisanale dans laquelle se construit toute ce cannibalisme intime.

BD francophone

Comme un Plateau De l’autre côté, Émilie Plateau

Comme un plateau c’est le récit d’une jeune artiste qui vient faire une résidence à Montreal et qui découvre la vie ici. On vit avec elle ses inquiétudes, ses petites victoires, ses frustrations. Tout ça sur un fond de nostalgie amoureuse et partout les divertissants hauts et bas de la colocation. La forme que prend cette bd est toute simple, en noir et blanc, dépouillée de tout artifice.
C’est un coup d’œil sympathique et amusant sur notre culture et sur la nature humaine.

THE FINALISTS

English Zine

Needle Work, Yen Chao Lin
Grandparents Zine, Kerri Flannigan
Damaged Mentality #6, Synthia Nicole
eil, Jon Estwards
Angry Black Bang, Mark Laliberté
17th Annual Protest Against Police Brutality, Chris Robertson, Chat Perdu

English Book

Death Republica, Apostoly Peter Kouroumalis, 21 Production
Needs Improvement, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Coach House Books
A Teenage Suicide, Ian Truman
Journal, Julie Delporte, Koyama Press
You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!, Sherwin Tjia, Conundrum Press
Several Beginnings and Endings to Novels, Annabella DeSousa, Le Nouveau International

English Comic

Hell or High Water, Wade Simpson
House of Women, Sophie Goldstein
Dumb #2, Georgia Webber
Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On, Dakota McFadzean
Long Division, Part One, Joyana McDiarmid, www.heartsandminis.com/
Valium 1983 – 2013, 30 Years Of Shit – Great Success!, Henriette Valium, Crna Hronika

Fanzine francophone

Les araignées géantes, Lora Zepam
La Grève étudiante de 2012 avec chats/The 2012 Student Strike with cats, Claudine Lamothe et Võ Thiên Việt
Le Cosmographe no.1, prise d’armes, Collectif Cosmographe (Sébastien B. Gagnon, Shawn Cotton)
Pourtant Moi Aussi Encore Aujourd’hui, Andrea C. Henter
10-4 Tome 1, Simon Lacroix et Annie Tiville
ABC, Kiva Stimac, Popolo Press

Livre francophone

La Manière Noire, Jean-Pierre Gaudreau, Les Éditions du Passage
D’espoir de Mourir Maigre, Charles Dionne, Les Éditions de la Tournure
Maison des Jeunes, Ouvrage collectif, Les Éditions de ta Mère
Les Choses de l’Amour à Marde, Maude Veilleux, L’Écrou
Science Allégorique 1, Marc-André Poisson, Bouc Productions
Cannibale Maison, Roxane Desjardins et Coco-Simone Finken

BD francophone

Dèyè Dyé, Rebecca Rosen
Popeye se Fait Larguer, Julien Castanié
Mélasse, Guillaume Pelletier, L’Oie de Cravan
Garder le rythme, Antonin Buisson
Les Deuxièmes, Zviane, Éditions Pow Pow
Comme un Plateau De l’autre côté, Émilie Plateau

What Are the Expozine Awards?

At the Expozine small press fair last November, the organizing team asked each of the more than 270 exhibitors to submit a copy of their best new publication for consideration for the Expozine Alternative Press Awards.

The Expozine Alternative Press Awards consequently recognize only the best of the publications that were available at the Expozine Small press fair. It is not a definitive award recognizing the year’s best alternative publications, given that there are very many excellent publications from Montreal and elsewhere that were not represented at the previous edition of the Expozine fair.

The fact that most of the publishers, authors and artists that participate in Expozine present very original publications – often self-published, hand-printed or bound, or in new or unusual formats, the Expozine Awards jury considers both the originality and quality of the production of the publications, as much as they consider the content. By choosing six finalists per category, the jury can recognize the impressive range of different publications submitted.

CATEGORIES:

Given the sheer variety and originality of publications sold at Expozine, it can be a challenge deciding what category a given title belongs to.

That said, we believe that the categories of best book, best zine and best comic are flexible enough to accommodate most of the publications submitted.

ZINE

Can include literary, artistic, cultural or socio-political magazines; self-published publications (often produced by the author(s) or artist(s), can be photocopied, hand-printed or hand-bound), often includes a mix of graphics and text, collages, etc.

BOOK

Generally perfect-bound with text or graphic content, normally featuring a narrative (novel or graphic novel) or a thematically related series of texts or graphics (anthology, essays, artists’ books etc.)

COMIC

Comics essentially present stories, satire or jokes through a series of drawings or graphics usually mixed with text and presented sequentially. At Expozine, most of the comics are of an artistic or alternative nature, often published by the artist(s) themselves. There are generally not any comics of the “superhero” or “manga” variety or comic books for children, given that there exists a number of other fairs, such as the Montreal ComicCon, that focus exclusively on those genres.

The judges for 2013 were the Expozine organizing team!

The Expozine Alternative Press Awards Gala is sponsored by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, SODEC, the Drawn and Quarterly bookstore (211 Bernard W.) and Librairie Le Port de Tête, 262 Mont-Royal E.