Friday, April 11, 2003

2003 eisner awards

The comic book "Oscars" list of nominess has been posted.

To my delight, what I considered to be the best comic book short story, "The Magician and the Snake," by Katie Mignola and Mike Mignola, in Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings (Dark Horse), has been nominated in the exact same category. I couldn't rave enough this little jewel - to the point of pestering my friends to get a copy of the anthology because this tale alone was worth the cover price. 5 pages that create wonder, and a snake with the most heart-breaking line.

In the serialized story category, I'd go for Queen & Country #8-12: "Operation: Crystal Ball." by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez (Oni), despite the fact that Fables #1-5: "Legends in Exile," by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC) is there on the list too. Rucka's storytelling and characterization is superior to Willingham's, despite the fact that I'd go for postmodern fairy tale revisionism over modern-day spy thriller almost any day (I would have said all the time, except that Alias is just so lovely). The first story arc of Fables was inconsistent in its writing, but did have a beauty of a theme.

For Best Continuing Series I'm with Age of Bronze, by Eric Shanower (Image) despite the agony between issues (it reads well when collected).

Hellboy: Third Wish, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse) deserves to win Best Limited Series, but most likely the voters who would praise tissue paper Alan Moore wiped his butt with will give the award to League of Extraordinary Gentleman, vol. 2 (sometimes, it's the name of the creator rather than the story itself, like when Moore's masturbatory Promethea won).

Check out the catogories like Best Writer, etc.


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