The Expozine Alternative Press Awards Gala was held at Divan Orange, 4234 St-Laurent, on Tuesday, May 2 2017. Here are the winners:

Best Book
All That Sang, Lydia Perović, Véhicule Press
A very interesting experimental work of fiction, Lydia succeeds in holding the reader’s full interest through an unconventional yet very accomplished piece of storytelling.

Best Comic
The Palace of Champions, Henriette Valium / Patrick Henley, Conundrum Press
What to say about Valium? Not just Montreal’s but one of Canada’s most original, unique visual voices, a vétéran of the comics scene since the early 1980s brings us his latest masterwork. A feast for the eyes and filled with the dystopian take on a dystopian world that only a Valium can provide.

Best Zine
Londonderry, Gabrielle Anctil, Lise Herrman, lesderailleuses.org
A beautiful bilingual zine filled with all sorts of writing, advice and content about bike riding, bound with an old bike tire! A beautiful production by a very interesting local collective.

Meilleur Livre
Verre d’Astre, Joni Jacusto, La Passe
Le Gagnant est un petit livre de poésie brûlante et imagée, glissé dans une enveloppe qui laisse transparaître la lumière. Le travail graphique et matériel de la forme s’harmonise parfaitement avec le fond. Bref, un objet littéraire unique et éclairant qui vous laissera les doigts verts.

Meilleure BD
Racines, Marianne Ferrer, Monsieur Ed
Proposition narrative simple, touchante invitant au déambulatoire par sa présentation sous forme de longue planche. Harmonie entre la présentation esthétique, l’iconographie soignée et la trame textuelle. Une BD d’une belle générosité, chapeau !

Meilleur Fanzine
Made In Collectif Numéro 2, collectif
Véritable bijou, ce collectif d’artistes qui dévoilent ici plus d’une vingtaine de sérigraphies rassemblées sous format livresque. Unité des contraintes esthétique et du thème du Mouvement, foisonnement généreux de propositions graphiques. Cet assemblage fort utilisant une palette de couleur restreinte collectivement, nous permettant de découvrir plusieurs œuvres singulières et achevées.

Here are the finalists for the 2016 Expozine Awards:

Best Book
A Screw Fell to the Ground, Xu Lizhi, www.sirensofaviolentstorm.com
La Jenkins, Vincent Tourigny, Possibles Éditions
All That Sang, Lydia Perović, Véhicule Press,
The Unexpected, Thorpe & Smit-Dicks, Swimmers Group
fuel, Renée Marie Terpstra, burning.books.press
Collage O’clock, Andrew Zukerman, Swimmers Group

Best Comic
Chico: A Comic Novel, Kate Lavut, Paper Dog Press
Waiting for Baby: A Descent into Prepartum, Jai Granofsky
When I Returned, Iona Fox, Center For Cartoon Studies Press
4Panel 1, Mark Connery, Jesse Jacobs, Mark Laliberté, Anuj Shrestha, Popnoir Editions
The Palace of Champions, Henriette Valium / Patrick Henley, Conundrum Press
Morbid Comics, Keith Strange (Rawlings)

Best Zine
Coated in Grime, Nick Trudel, Jordan Beaulieu
Spell Book for an Attic Gardener, Laura Watson
Home Recording, Justin Gordon
Crooked Fagazine Issue #6, Jordan Coulombe
Dust to Oaxaca, Justin Apperley, Colour Code Printing,
Londonderry, Gabrielle Anctil, Lise Herrman, lesderailleuses.org

Meilleur Livre
Hiroshimoi, Véronique Grenier, Les éditions de ta mère
Penser Fleuve, travail collectif, Les Éditions Omri
Son corps parlait pour ne pas mourir, Symon Henry, Les éditions de la Tournure
Grunge, Frédéric Généreux
Noyade, Aura Fallu / Manuel Mineaux, L’Oie de Cravan
Verre D’astre, Joni Jacusto, la passe

Meilleure BD
Crémage 3, Martin PM
Racines, Marianne Ferrer, Monsieur Ed
Belooga Joe, Carlos Vézina
Polazak Dolazak, Celia Marquis
Les Premiers Aviateurs, Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau, Francis Desharnais, Éditions Pow Pow
Le retour de L’Iroquois, Louis Rémillard, Éditions TRIP

Meilleur Fanzine
Made In Collectif Numéro 2, collectif
c en v: les jambes (note: tissue zine tied in ribbon), Clémence Dumas-Côté
contraintes quotidiennes, Virginie Fournier, revueboulette.com
Zoology, Devan Marinaccio, Ulrick Therrien, Finger Crossed
Ce que j’aurais voulu savoir avant de prendre des antidépresseurs, Florianne Philippe-Beauchamp
Guédailles, Catherine Dupuis, Stéphanie Roussel, Kim Venn, Panthére Rouges

Mention speciale
Rôtisserie Sainte-Cécile: Toute la sauce!, Sébastien Dulude
Fanzine anniversaire pour le Off-Festival de poèsie de Trois Rivières

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.