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The Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, which I totally called

Courtesy of ComixTalk’s Xaviar Xerexes, we now know the winner of the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. Envelope, please! The award goes to…

No you didn't Dandelion.  Your day has finally come.

You sure did, Dandelion. Your day has finally come.

Joss Whedon’s SugarShock!

Longtime readers of The Webcomic Overlook may remember that I totally called it on the review that I posted at the ComixTalk site. Not that it was any huge surprise. This is the second year in a row that the top award went to a creator that was already well established in the print comic realm. Unlike last year’s winner, the Sam & Max online comic*, SugarShock! is actually pretty good. And why not? Whedon is a decent enough comic writer. And the Dark Horse Presents format just may be the one to follow for flash-based comics.

I was personally rooting for The Abominable Charles Christopher, though.

* – After pooh-poohing the 2007 Eisner winner in my review, readers have told me that Steve Purcell deserved the award and how great Sam & Max Hit The Road was. Perhaps. However, the award went to the digital comic, which, seriously, was not that great. It was basically a throw-away bonus comic that was bundled with the episodic video game.

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on July 26, 2008, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Genre and format distinctions for all the print categories, and then for online comics it’s just a big, sweeping “best digital comic.” The whole ignoring webcomics thing continues to blow my mind. It would make sense ten years ago when webcomics were a niche, but, now that even the semi-obscure ones get more readers than most print comics, print-centric awards lists like this are just full-on embarrassing (but I don’t mean that popularity=good, incidentally, so don’t interpret this in that manner. I mean that a medium must be defined by its most prominent feature). What is the root of the problem? The Establishment clinging to the past? You would think that people who love comics enough to establish an awards ceremony would also be keeping up with the Online Explosion and basking in the increasingly Quality number of online comics and recognizing that, since the Internet is obviously the wave of the future (there’s an understatement), maybe comics that are ON the internet are the future too. Or the present!! It’s scandalous. These people are supposed to be experts, and they don’t even have a solid picture of their own medium. What, are they waiting for the media to legitimize online comics? Well Time magazine already did that. It’s not that f*ckin’ hard to keep up with the times.

  2. I should also mention, though, that Perry Bible Fellowship won the award for Best Humor Publication. The award, though, went to The Trial of Colonel Sweeto print collection, so chances are high that PBF wouldn’t have won that award had it remained an online-only work.

  3. More evidence that the nominators and voters don’t “get” web comics. Perhaps we need to develop a crib sheet so they can distinguish them from print.

    Nonetheless, congratulations to this year’s honorees.

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