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The Expozine Alternative Press Awards Gala took place on Friday June 10, 2016, at La Passe ( Médiathèque Gaetan Dostie ), 1214 de la Montagne, featuring our MC, Kiki Bonbon and a very rare performance by Montreal New Wave legends Les Boys du Sevère !

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Here are the winners and finalists:

Best Zine

BBHMM, Aitch Elle, Genevieve Darling
Not just a “guide to stripping from the perspective of a queer black feminist in Montreal”, this personal zine, photocopied in black and white on folded-stapled letter sized pages in the classic zine style, opens an honest and engaging window into a unique, troubling yet empowering work experience.

The finalists:

QPC Mixtape, collecive, Queer Print Club
BBHMM, Aitch Elle, Genevieve Darling
Bad Skin, Gabrielle Mulholland, Sucker Press
texts for body and light, Ian Ferrier, Popolo Press
Daphne, Rachel Thornton
Buoy, Montreal Issue

Best Comic

July Underwater, Zoe Maeve
A beautifully illustrated, poetic, at times impressionistic yet straightforward tale that is strongly evocative of the kind of reminiscences and reflections experienced during summer beachfront escapes.

The finalists:

July Underwater, Zoe Maeve
Long Red Hair, Meags Fitzgerald, Conundrum Press
The Oaf, Nick Mandaag
One Minute Worries, Rick Tremblesç
Art Comic, Matthew Thurber, Swimmers Group
Pack Mentality, Collective

Best Book

Lumpen, the autobiography of Ed Mead, Ed Mead, Kersplebedeb

An entertaining and bracing memoir of activist Ed Mead, who takes us through his journey from an impoverished youth through incarceration in a prison for boys, criss-crossing the country and opening windows on the harsh realities of incarceration in the western world’s largest prison system. An often alarming yet extremely inspiring tale well worth reading.

The finalists:

Tales From a Room, Roxane Hudon, Ballz Press
Township, Ivan Fischer, The Blasted Tree
Breathing Lessons, Andy Sinclair, Esplanade Books / Véhicule Press
Lumpen, the autobiography of Ed Mead, Ed Mead, Kersplebedeb
Vallum 12:2, Vallum
Do You Feel Like Relaxing?, Scorpion Dagger / James Kerr, Anteism

Meilleur Livre

Avant le Geste, Félix Durand et Roxane Desjardins

Enroulé autour d’un tuyau de métal et terminé par un bâtonnet en bois gris, rattaché par une ficelle de cuir noir, texte calligraphié en rouge sang. Un livre-objet intriguant et d’une écriture fulgurante partagée entre le je et le tu, une atmosphère de fin du monde et un ton incisif, chercheur, grave, responsable et d’une force troublante. Une écriture, une trace porteuse de cette littérature qui se fait et nous fait. Un joyau émouvant et ludique exceptionnel!

Les finalistes:

Caresses Magiques, éditrice Sophie Bédard, collectif Caresses Magiques
L’hiver Hier, Michel Garneau, Oie de Cravan
Marques Déposées Poèmes, Nicholas Giguère, fondtonne, collection 20 oz
Avant le Geste, Félix Durand et Roxane Desjardins
Lectures en band dessinée, Jacques Samson, mém9ire
Le Verbe Numineux, collectif, possibles editions

Meilleur Fanzine

Ghetto Mohawk no. 2, Avril 2015

Depuis le titre extrait d’un vers du poète Denis Vanier, au sujet, l’aventure de Logos, journal montréalais mythique, pionnier de la contre-culture au Québec, en passant par le graphisme soigné, d’un format agréable à manipuler, peu coûteux, quoi ne pas aimer de ce second numéro de Ghetto Mohawk?

Les finalistes:

Ghetto Mohawk no. 2, Avril 2015
Mon Père Ce Hongrois, Camille Havas
Chez-Soi, Myriam Bourgeois
Embrasure, Éve-Quatre
Who? Qui?, Amélie Tourangeau
Abstraction, Joel Sim
Touche Moi Pas, De Peaux En Aiguilles, Bêtes d’Hier

Mention spéciale:

Touche Moi Pas, De Peaux En Aiguilles, Bêtes d’Hier

Publication militante, recueil de témoignages et guide à la fois, De peaux en aiguilles est un bel objet, de facture artisanale et d’ingénieuse composition. Une jaquette, diversement illustrée d’un exemplaire à l’autre, recouvre partiellement la couverture; rabattue à l’intérieur, passant par le centre, elle s’achève à la page de garde. Une reliure copte permet l’insertion, au centre du cahier, d’un feuillet plié contenant un aide-mémoire.

Meilleur BD

je vois des antennes partout, Julie Delporte, Éditions Pow Pow

Une oeuvre sensible, d’une grande sensibilité, servi par un trait intimiste et une mise en page originale, “je vois des antennes partout” renouvelle l’univers de la bande dessinée québécoise et de l’autofiction par son récit à la frontière du réel et du senti, en montagne russe de doux à acéré. Un grand moment, qu’on veut revivre pour une première fois encore et encore.

Les finalistes

La Vitrine, Jimmy Beaulieu, colosse
Agalma, Stanley Wany, Éditions Trip
La Logique du Calendrier, Collectif, lalogiqueducalendrier@gmail.com
Police, Vincent Longhi, Raphaele Macaron, Fidèles Éditions / William Suisse Éditions
je vois des antennes partout, Julie Delporte, Éditions Pow Pow
Lachine Beach, Skip Jensen, Éditions Trip

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 primarily on those genres.

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.