Warren Ellis must be feeling proud, he’s apparently all over this year’s list.
My picks of the picks (and some other comments):
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Solo #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC), although I really think the star issues were the Mike Allred and Teddy Kristianson ones.
Best Continuing Series
Astonishing X-Men is on the list? I’m enjoying it but out of a purely fan-boyish lens. It’s fun reading, but also frustrating since everything Joss Whedon does, no matter the format, seems to be another iteration of Buffy. In this case, Kitty Pryde being her latest incarnation. I hope for the integrity of the awards that Eric Shanower wins for Age of Bronze or Tom Beland’s True Story, Swear to God. The last thing we want is this becoming like the Oscars.
Best Limited Series
Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers better not win this one. Why does anyone like that book? It’s like a mediocre anthology at best.
Best New Series
Young Avengers, by Alan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell (Marvel). This pick has got me interested. Since I don’t follow all of the mega-event shit like Civil War, Avengers: Disassembled, OYL etc…this book came out of nowhere for me. All of the sudden all the stores had a hardcover copy on the shelf. I completely dismissed it as most likely being crap but having been nominated for an Eisner I might have to check this out.
Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Both Owly and Jordan Crane’s The Clouds Above look great. I really need to pick these up. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius looks too much like Calvin and Hobbes.
Solo, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)
Best Digital Comic
Copper, by Kazu (here) is very pleasant on the eyes but the content is sometimes lacking. Overall it’s a nicely put together comic with influence from Calvin and Hobbes to Little Nemo.
Jellaby, by Kean Soo (here) is great: good art, good story, genuinely engaging. The moment when Jason sees Jellaby for the first time is hilarious.
ojingogo, by matt forsythe (here) is also pretty neat. A well-stocked category, it’ll be interesting to see who gets the votes.
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon) wins this category but the actual formatting of this collection leaves much to be desired: if only they’d retained the original size and included the color covers this would have done Burns’ art true justice.
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Strips
Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books) beats out even its stiff competition (Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts, Krazy & Ignatz and Gasoline Alley).
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
I’m torn between both of the following:
Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC) really seems to be the best presentation for this book. The slipcase really adds to the prestige and the oversized art really blows you away.
Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel) is great just in concept alone: take the first issue of Fantastic Four and blow up each panel to be at least one page – emphasis on at least.
There’s nothing jumping out at me here. The thing I most enjoyed listed here is Ex Machina and even that was just alright.
Kyle Baker, Plastic Man (DC)
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
Best Cover Artist
ames Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC)
Best Publication Design
Little Nemo in Slumberland, designed by Philippe Ghuilemetti (Sunday Press Books)
We’ll check back after July 21st to see how close my tastes are to the rest of the industry.