It’s that time of year again! That time we play “What’s that webcomic?” with the current crop of Eisner nominees for Best Digital Comic. This is not a commentary on the quality, per se. They’re usually somewhere on the scale of good to great. But … what are these? Last year, at least, there were several names I at least recognized: Josh Neufeld, Mike Norton (who eventually won for Battlepug), Tony Cliff with Delilah Dirk, Dylan Meconis, and Ryan Andrews, who did Sarah And The Seed. Pretty recognizable, eh?
This … I have no clue about what any of these comics are about. This may be a sign of my own advancing age, perhaps a signal that I should just go, “Well, El Santo, you had a good run… but webcomics are a young man’s game.” After which I spit out my chaw and ride forlornly into the sunset to a score set by Ennio Morricone.
Nevertheless, here they are, with my vague attempt at guessing what each of these webcomics are about based on the title alone:
- Ant Comic, by Michael DeForge – a story about Anthony N. Terwilliger, a.k.a. “A.N.T.”, a.k.a. “Ant”, a.k.a “Ant-drew Dice Clay,” as he tries stand-up at Second City.
- Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover – The heartwarming story of a tiny baguette shop, whose middle two letters have been charmingly spun upside down but the owners decided to keep it that way because whimsy.
- It Will All Hurt, by Farel Dalrymple – A comic that uses the same exact panels every day, a la Dinosaur Comics, of a man getting hit in the groin with a golf club.
- Our Bloodstained Roof, by Ryan Andrews – A story about … OK, I can’t really joke about this one, because I’ve read it. (The only one I’ve read on this list.) It’s about a blood stained roof.
- Oyster War, by Ben Towle – President Barnacle addresses the invertebrates with the sad news. At 5:34 Am this morning, the oysters have invaded. We are at war.
As always, I will review each and every Eisner nominated comic before the winner is announced at the San Diego Comic Con. I have a bad feeling that the Sugarshock!-o-meter is going to be uncalibrated for this one … but we must have faith that, each and every year, it will predict the winner with full accuracy.
I should also point out that Colleen Coover of Bandette is also up for Best Penciller/Inker and Best Colorist, so I’m a little excited about checking out that webcomic. Ryan North and Meredith Gran are getting props in the printed world for their Adventure Time comics (Best Humor Publication, Best New Series, and Best Publication for Kids for North; Best Publication for Teens for Gran). Sailor Twain, by Mark Siegel, is up for Best Graphic Album – Reprint. And El Santo was once again overlooked for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism.
This is when the Morricone track comes to a sudden stop, I turn my head to stare at the camera, and a fire erupts behind me as the background goes a blaze. Freeze frame, a “To be continued…?” caption, end scene.