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colonel_green ([personal profile] colonel_green) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-04-08 03:07 pm

Will Eisner is not pleased.

The nominees for the 2010 Eisner Awards have been announced. Many deserving, some inexplicable.


The full list of nominees.

Looking over some the major categories:

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
  • Brave & the Bold #28: "Blackhawk and the Flash: Firing Line," by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz (DC)
  • Captain America #601: "Red, White, and Blue-Blood," by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)
  • Ganges #3, by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics)
  • The Unwritten #5: "How the Whale Became," by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
  • Usagi Yojimbo #123: "The Death of Lord Hikiji" by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

A rather eclectic group here. I like Captain America getting a nomination, but #601 is a really odd choice. I'm guessing Gene Colan's name drew the attention. The Unwritten #5 (the Rudyard Kipling issue) is the best issue of these, I think, and given the critics' love of Vertigo, probably the likely winner.

Best Continuing Series
  • Fables, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy et al. (Vertigo/DC)
  • Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM!)
  • Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
  • The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
  • The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)

I read the the two Vertigo titles here in trade, both very good. Heavy representation of the minor imprints and publishers here.

Best Limited Series or Story Arc
  • Blackest Night, by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Oclair Albert (DC)
  • Incognito, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
  • Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media)
  • Wolverine #66-72 and Wolverine Giant-Size Special: "Old Man Logan," by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, and Dexter Vines (Marvel)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

would get my vote; strong showing from Marvel/Icon in this category.

Best Writer
  • Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil, Marvels Project (Marvel) Criminal, Incognito (Marvel Icon)
  • Geoff Johns, Adventure Comics, Blackest Night, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin (DC)
  • James Robinson, Justice League: Cry for Justice (DC)
  • Mark Waid, Irredeemable, The Incredibles (BOOM!)
  • Bill Willingham, Fables (Vertigo/DC)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
  • R. Crumb, The Book of Genesis Illustrated (Norton)
  • David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
  • Terry Moore, Echo (Abstract Books)
  • Naoki Urasawa, Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka (VIZ Media)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Michael Kaluta, Madame Xanadu #11-15: "Exodus Noir" (Vertigo/DC)
  • Steve McNiven/Dexter Vines, Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Marvel)
  • Fiona Staples, North 40 (WildStorm)
  • J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)
  • Danijel Zezelj, Luna Park (Vertigo/DC)

It was for a good cause, Roy.
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[personal profile] zemo 2010-04-09 11:52 am (UTC)(link)
Just thought about something regarding Cry for Justice and the Eisner award.

So, the Eisner is an award that goes for artsyness, for quality writing or drawing, right? Now, if we're really honest to ourselves: Do we, me included, maybe only see Cry for Justice as horrible because we know the characters and backstories?

I mean, if I try to see it as a standalone thing, I can see in a way how you could see this as good writing. So Green Lantern and Green Arrow talk about a threesome which puts down two well-established characters? If you don't regard those characters, which, if you just want to judge the mini alone, and not the whole universe, you have to do, then it doesn't have any meaning.

Liam Harper dies, okay? If you don't see it as just a justification for angst and emotions in other characters, thinks that happen outside of Justice, then you can see it as a realistic representation of how normal people suffer when super-powered beings meet.

In that regard, observing Cry for Justice on its own and not in an universe, something you have to do in the category it's nominated for, then I can see the nomination.

Just trying to be fair here >_>

Mind you, looking at the other nominees, even with the paramatres I've given, Robinson doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell to win this.
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[personal profile] grazzt 2010-04-09 01:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, first off, Cry For Justice technically isn't nominated, it's James Robinson that's nominated for writing. So that means the art isn't a consideration in this nomination: we're going solely by Robinson's writing ability.

Now, let's examine the writing a little more. Even ignoring plot points that are stupid in the context of a larger universe, Robinson's dialogue is laughable (for example, the stupid threesome scene is bad even without prior knowledge of the characters). Prometheus is oversold all through, only to be punked in the final issue. The premise of the book is stated, then dumped for the same old superhero fare. Some of the deaths appear to have been editorially mandated, meaning that we're not even reading Robinson's preferred output.

Taking all that into consideration, can we really say that CFJ is well written? Would we consider it so if it were completely divorced from the DCU and all of the characters were originals, or at least expies? I don't think so. We might not be as angry about it, but I'm pretty sure most people would have given it a miss.

To add insult to injury, while Johns and Brubaker have long lists of works after their names, Robinson's nomination only mentions Cry For Justice and not his work on the Superman titles, which was better. It's like they're saying "You're a good enough writer for us to nominate you, but the reason you're not going to win is right after your name."