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2010 Webcomic List Awards: The nominees are in

Like the title says, the nominees are in. Commence the debating!

The nomination forms have been submitted, varified and counted, the judges are judging and the nominees know they’re nominated.

It’s time to announce the nominees for the 2010 Webcomic List Awards. Anybody involved in the creation, distribution or promotion of comics, either online or in print could nominate comics, but self nomination was not allowed.

In no particular order the nominees are:

For Best Writing

Sinfest
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Bug
Oglaf (NSFW)
xkcd

For Best New Comic

Red’s Planet
Axe Cop
Scenes from a Multiverse
Minor Acts of Heroism

For Best Colour Art

Hanna is not a Boy’s Name
The Meek
Dresden Codak
Oglaf

For Best Black and White Art

Lackadaisy
The Abominable Charles Christopher
Sandra and Woo

For Best Non-traditional Art

Union of Heroes
Dreamland Chronicles
Romantically Apocalyptic
A Softer World

For Best Gag-a-day

Bug
xkcd
Sinfest
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Oglaf (NSFW)

For Best Longform Comic

The Abominable Charles Christopher
Girl Genius
The Meek
Gunnerkrigg Court
Questionable Content

For Best Character

Hanna from Hanna is not a Boy’s Name
Axe Cop from Axe Cop
Imy from Imy
Zombie from Hanna is not a Boy’s Name
Antimony Carver from Gunnerkrigg Court
Alan Warren from The Dreamer
Cleo from Cleopatra in Spaaaace!

And finally, last but not definitelt not least, the nominations for Best Comic 2010 are:

FreakAngels
Gunnerkrigg Court
Questionable Content
Red’s Planet
The Meek

The winners will be announced in an online illustrated ceremony on the 31st of January.

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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 January 16, 2011, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. The Meek hasn’t quite sold me yet, the artwork is spectacular but the narrative seems erratic.

    Hanna is not a boy’s name is the killer ap here, I don’t have El Santo’s art background so the technical terms for the artistic radness merely leaves me slack-jawed and drooling.

    I think QC had to get out of the relationship rut, since the breakup the continuity of at least the last 1000 strips has

    • Your face seems erratic! Haha, jk jk. I’m really surprised to be up there actually, given that my comic isn’t as lengthy as some of the others… It’s cool to be nominated though. Wonder how it’s going to turn out!

      • Heh
        I think your strip is a long format ride so if I’m befuddled now it will even out as the story progresses. Kind of like a webcomic equivalent to the Wire.

        As for Sinfest, it seems like a modified newspaper funnies strip with a gen Y pop-culture inflection. Ishida has even boasted about the amount of times he’s been rejected for syndication. The overall narrative has improved and is less aimless than 5 years ago.

  2. I’m surprised there’s none of Evan Dahm’s comics listed. I’m not sure Perry Bible Fellowship is right for best writing. I fell like the visual storytelling is the most important there. Lackadasiy isn’t exactly black and white but they don’t have a sepia tone award so it works. As much as I like Axe Cop I don’t think it should win any of those awards.

    • I agree. If I could put together the nominee list, I would probably put Evan Dahm on there somewhere. However, the sentiment was that judges should probably not be involved in the nomination process, since that might seem like collusion. I generally agree with that unwritten rule. I mean, if I thought Order of Tales was the best comic out there (which I do), and I demanded it be included on the Best Webcomic of the Year list, then I’m basically just gaming the system so that my favorite comic wins.

  3. I don’t read any of the nominated comics (not even xkcd), so I can’t really comment.

    I will just ask this: Ever thought of creating your own awards?

    • In my beautiful, dark twisted fantasies, I do imagine myself putting together a sort of Webcomic Overlook Awards at the end of every year. The “Webcomic Moments of 20__” and “Best Webcomics of the Decade” type pieces sorta hint to that.

      But ultimately, it’s a whole lot of work that I personally don’t have much time for. I mean, so much organization and coordination and whatnot. I imagine webcomics, with all the different selections and genre and areas to critique, are one of the hardest media to put together a definitive award for. (Hell, just comics in general are a tough category to judge. Who’s heard of 3/4’s of the stuff that gets the spotlight at the Eisners and the Harveys, anyway?) Then you have to select the nomination process, pick up the judges (since a single person effort would be inherently biased), makes sure everyone is on time, cross your fingers that no one’s voting out of self-interest, and … gah! It’s too much of a headache.

      In the end, I figure it’s probably best to let cooler community-minded heads handle it.

  4. IMHO Sinfest is very far away from being well written. And I think that nominating Red’s Planet for best comic is little premature – the story is just beginning.
    I’m also not so sure about Hanna’s art – it’s colorful and dynamic, but at the same time chaotic. It’s a shame that Unsounded didn’t get nomination, that comic looks simply outstanding if you ask me, but I suspect it’s not that well known.
    Overall, I think that the list is pretty fair, even if some of my favorite comics were omitted. (No love for Vattu? Ehh…)

    • You suspect rightly. I hadn’t heard of Unsounded before, so thanks for the tip. It was a good read. As for the Awards, my personal theory is that evil hipsters are responsible 😉

  5. My comic is not on this list.

    Obviously the whole thing is a sham and everyone is a doodie-head.

  6. Personally, I’m shocked that Anthony “Nedroid” Clark, Andrew Hussie, Evn Dahm, or K. C. Green and a handful of other respected webcomic writers didn’t get nominated for anything. It seems like they’re among the most respected webcomic artists on the ‘Net, but maybe that’s just Twitter warping my perception. Wouldn’t be the first time.

  7. As much as I like Oglaf I’m not sure it’s a good runner for “Best Coloring.” The artist has been getting wayyy too gradient happy for my personal tastes. It makes all the scenes muddy/foggy.

    The Meek, Dresden Codak, and Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name all look great in the coloring department to me, but I don’t actually read them so I can’t speak for their other qualities.

  8. Oglaf, Lackadaisy and Dresden Codak all the way! 🙂

  9. I think it’s interesting that the nominees for Best Writing and Gag a Day appear to be the exact same. And while I don’t agree with an above commenter who says the writing is far from good (I think it’s perfectly suited to the nature of the strip), if you asked me personally to nominate five or six strips it probably wouldn’t come up. If there was a category for “smoothest, best, most edible awesome tasty awe-inspiring lien quality,” well. Some odd picks here; I’m a little surprised tiny kitten teeth didn’t make it for color art. Oh well, to each their own! Funny thing about awards is that they don’t really diminish the accomplishments of those who don’t receive them.

    • I’ve only recently been converted back into Sinfest, admittedly compare to a strip like QC or Sam & Fuzzy the long term narrative isn’t crash hot and it probably shouldn’t be in the best writing area, but for gag a day it’s consistently improved. I’ve always carried a torch for Lacksadaisy, though. Mad skills there.

      • I’m aware that Sinfest has improved. Seeing that it was nominated, I gave it another chance and went through about last 50 strips, and it wasn’t as bad as it used to be about three years ago. Still, “not as bad” should not be misread as “good”. To put it bluntly, it was boring. Jokes didn’t make me laugh, and I couldn’t care less about characters or story (if there is anything worth that word in Sinfest in the first place). Of course, it’s only my opinion, and I may be a little biased, because I didn’t read much of the comic considering its absurd amount of strips. Also, I’m not a big fan of gag comics, though I read some of them with pleasure.

  10. I highly approve of the majority of this list, but I share my confusion with some of the other commenters here about the absence of anything by Andrew Hussie, KC Green, Kate Beaton, Evan Dahm (although I guess he was on the judges panel?) any number of prominent and good webcartoonists.
    Particularly with Hussie. MSPA may not have made it due to the oddity of the format itself, but I’ve found it to be the most engaging longform comic I’ve read yet, as well as the provider of a great many strong and memorable characters.
    In that regard, I take issue with Axe Cop being on the best characters list. I love Axe Cop, don’t get me wrong, but I think the best characters category should be reserved for the most fully fleshed-out characters. Axe Cop is really more of an “icon,” I guess. Memorable,but there’s just not a lot to him besides cutting off people’s heads.

  11. Pretty satisfied with all these noms… would have liked Evan Dahm to get one, however, but y’know. Whaaatever.

  12. Just out of curiosity El Santo, have your opinions on Lackadaisy changed since you reviewed it a few years back? Personally, while I can totally understand the reasons behind it, I find Butler’s glacial upload schedule has really begun to hurt Lackadaisy’s ability to function as a long-form comic. Plus, for reasons I can’t really put my finger on, it’s always felt more like a print comic in webcomics clothing when I read it – like it’s not really suited to the web, despite it’s obvious quality.
    (I wouldn’t quibble with it’s inclusion here though, Butler’s art is truly fantastic)

    A little off-topic I know, but this seems as good a place to ask the question as any =]

    • I read through Lackadaisy recently, and I still think it’s pretty great. I guess if was following it on a regular basis, the update schedule would be an issue. I’ve heard that it’s a problem for a lot of Lackadaisy readers, especially since it’s been going for four years now and Rocky and Freckle are only starting out as heavies for Mitzi May. You figure something should have happened to reward reader loyalty right?

      I guess it doesn’t bother me so much since I typically abandon a comic for a while, then come back and read a huge bulk when I catch up. (It’s sort of a necessity in my case, since I’m usually reading the entire run of some other webcomic on a normal day.) Hence, I always get a thrill whenever I return to it. I suppose you’re right: it might come off better as a print comic, though something tells me that waiting two years for a new volume to come out would be equally annoying as waiting a month to watch the plot progress in baby steps.

    • To give you some perspective: Tracy is working full time in the games industry and only gets to work on the comic at night and on weekends. If you’ve been lucky enough to see her meticulous sketch process at a con, you can guess how long it must take for her to make a full page (weeks). Not to mention that the already high quality from the first pages has been more than exceeded by the new pages. She stresses a lot about not being able to have a faster schedule, but like many webcomic makers she is unable to afford to drop her job to focus solely on comics.

      And actually the comics are made for web/ long scrolling :B Getting the first book ready for print was an undertaking in it’s own right.

      • Oh totally, this isn’t meant to be a criticism of her work rate, or her skill. I’m aware of her job and the time constraints it must put on her Lackadaisy work; she’s been open about it on the site, I think that most of the readers are aware of her situation too. As I said above, I can completely understand why she doesn’t upload as often as she herself would like. I can only imagine how frustrating she must find it.

        Having said that, I still think she could work on her pacing, maybe sacrifice a little background detail to give the narrative a little thrust, for her own sake as much as for the readers. I’d rather see her return to the more simplified style of the early pages if it meant a few more pages (and hence plot progression) every couple of months. Her character designs are so good that they can carry a story on their own.

        I wish her all the best anyway – she’s one of the finest artists in webcomics and deserve all the praise she gets.

        • Oh I definitely agree XD Just wanted you to know it’s driving her nuts as much as it agitates the readers… but I think on both sides it’s frustration directly fueled by the love for the comic and the characters.

        • I’d rather have it be a labour of love that only appears rarely, than a soulless product with daily updates. There’s a French artist who created his first comic in his free time, next to his job, and it was a transcendental masterwork. He got swallowed by the industry, and what I’ve read from him since has been aggressively mediocre.

  13. “something tells me that waiting two years for a new volume to come out would be equally annoying as waiting a month to watch the plot progress in baby steps.”

    Very good point. Though I think it’s easier to take large gaps if there’s no expectation of weekly/monthly updates – all boils down to personal preference I guess!

  14. Personally, Questionable Content has always just been a fun time waste, not a best comic. GunnerKrigg and FreakAngels never pulled me in, just didn’t get me interested. Just read through Red’s Planet and it’s hardly even started, and seems kinda meh to me, has some nice art but that’s kinda it for me.

    The only real contender in my mind for Best is The Meek. Because it has proven that it can bring across action and drama well and in equal parts, and is also very good at bringing depth to characters and plots (unlike say, Red’s Planet or Questionable Content, can’t speak much about the other two).

    So yeah, for me, it’s “The Meek” for best comic.

  15. I’m really looking forward to see the online ceremony go life…
    Being nominated against such power-horses like Dreamland Chronicles
    or A Softer World – I don’t think that I have a chance to win – but I could not think about any better nominees for the “Best Non-Traditional Art” Category.

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