Saturday, July 16, 2005

Heidi's got the Eisner Award Winners up at the Beat.

If I may, some selected comments:

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Eightball #23: "The Death Ray," by Dan Clowes (Fantagraphics)

OK, fair enough- I liked, didn't love this one but many of my respected peers thought it was the best thing since Einstein split the beer atom. It was much better than the other nominees, that much is certain.

Best Serialized Story
Fables #19-27: "March of the Wooden Soldiers," by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC)

In a world in which Sleeper and The Losers exists, to name just a few, this is ludicrous. But none of the nominees really yanked my crank, save perhaps Planetary 19 & 20, so whatever.

Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Plastic Man, by Kyle Baker and Scott Morse (DC)

Methinks the voters confused "Younger Audience" with "juvenile in execution". I can't imagine very many young kids are reading Plastic Man, or many older ones either for that matter! And THIS won over Owly and Courtney Crumrin. What the fug.

Best Archival Collection/Project
The Complete Peanuts, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Good call. I'm saving my pennies for volume 3.

Best Writer/Artist
Paul Chadwick, Concrete: The Human Dilemma (Dark Horse)

Bitch, please. I'm sure Chadwick's a prince among men, but Best Writer/Artist?

Best Cover Artist
James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Green Arrow, Batgirl (DC)

Good call. He's the best there is right now.

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
Sean McKeever (A Waiting Place; Mary Jane; Inhumans; Sentinels)

Oh, come on. Shoulda been Raina Telgemeier.

Best New Series
Ex Machina, by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Fesiter (WildStorm/DC)

OK, sure, I know lots of people like this one so I'm not surprised, just disappointed.

Best Limited Series
DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Cooke's going to be doing the Spirit- Didja know?

Oh. Sorry.

WE3 should have taken this one.

Hall of Fame
Johnny Craig
Hugo Pratt
Nick Cardy
Gene Colan

Can't argue with any of these selections, especially the great Nick Cardy. Great to see Gene Colan get the recognition, too. I still don't see why they can't put all the nominees in- how the hell aren't Reed Crandall, Graham Ingles, and Frank Robbins already in?

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