Welcome to the first comic book awards covering comics published this year, The Bleeding Cool Fan Awards. The first half at least. Or almost the first half. And being presented at the Phoenix Comic Con at the end of the month, by me, and a bunch of comic book folk.
Last year’s Awards at C2E2 seemed to go down inordinately well. Why not be a part of this year’s awards as well by voting? The nomination procedure was carried out by a small group of private comic book aficionados and the customers of one store.
Voting is now closed
The votes are in, and Rich will be announcing the winners at 6PM MTZ this Friday, May 25 at the Phoenix Comic Con.
BEST MONTHLYISH COMIC OF 2012 SO FAR
It comes about just about every other month. Or possibly more than once a month. Every two months and your pushing it. What’s been the best of the year so far?
BEST COMIC WRITER OF 2012 SO FAR
From January to June, they have rocked your world with their words. What they wrote in December however, that doesn’t count. It’s history.
BEST COMIC ARTIST OF 2012 SO FAR
Your eyeballs have been popping as your knees have been knocking. The best looking comics on the stand right now… who do you choose?
BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OR SIMILAR OF 2012 SO FAR
A lot of graphic novels come out in time for the Christmas market. This isn’t an award for those, this is for those late to the party, or who woke up in January with a massive hangover realising they hadn’t pressed Print yet.
BEST PUBLISHER OF 2012 SO FAR
People publish comics. But who, so far this year, has done that the bestest?
BEST SWIPE OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
There is art. One person’s art and another person’s art. But sometimes, the line between the two… blurs.
BEST RELAUNCHED COMIC OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
Relaunch! Reboot! Restart! Everyone’s doing it. But who, since the beginning of June last year, has done it the bestest?
STUPIDEST CONTROVERSY OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
The internet is ablaze! People are furious! Tweets have been tweeted, posts have been liked, e-petitions have been signed, and flame wars have been fought. But in the end, the sound and fury signified very little indeed. Which was your favourite?
THE PRO WHO SHOULD REALLY STAY OFF THE INTERNET
You could write the next great American graphic novel. Or you could spent your day writing inanities, bitchslaps, flamewars and opinionated screeds that will turn your fans against you. Who, for their own good, should find their internet access revoked?
BEST COMICS SELF PROMOTION OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
PR companies are for wimps. What if you could do it all yourself, through a series of smartly constructed – or occasionally accidental – public stunts using both social and real media as your playthings? But who has done it best this past year?
WORST PORTRAYAL OF AN ESTABLISHED COMIC CHARACTER IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
Everything you knew about this character is wrong. So why should you care about this character anymore? Who’s portrayal has been so egregious you’ve wanted to rip the comic in twain?
RACIST, SEXIST OR HOMOPHOBIC COMIC OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
No one ever thinks they are racist, sexist or homophobic. Only really weird folks do. But every now and then, we can all be a little bit. And sometimes, it comes out in the comics. Also certain sections of the audience may interpret a line, an action or a breast size as being grossly out of order and launch a mob with pitchforks and torches. Who is to say who is right and who is wrong? Well, you are.
GUILTY PLEASURE OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
You read a comic book. You like it. You don’t want to tell anyone for fear that they will judge you, afraid of public opinion. You still read the comic. Say it now, say it loud, which of the following are you a secret consumer of?
BEST FIGHT SCENE OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
BEST SEX SCENE OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
They get it on.
BEST FEUD OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS
They also get it on. And fight.
MOST ANTICIPATED COMIC FOR THE REST OF 2012
Your palms are sweaty. You scour the internet for previews. Please, please, please, please, please, let it be now.
MOST ANTICIPATED BITCHING ABOUT A COMIC FOR THE REST 2012
Your palms are sweaty. You scour the internet for previews. Hate, hate, hate, hate, you must let the world know just how much this comic is going to suck.
COMIC MOST LIKELY TO NEED DEFENDING BY THE CBLDF IN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
The CBLDF do a serious job in defending out rights to enjoying free speech. But some comics just go out of their way to cause an issue. Which are most likely to need their attention?
COMIC-BASED FILM/TV OF THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS THAT WE COULD WATCH WITHOUT SHAME
Who would have thought it? Movies based on comic books that don’t actually suck. And so many. It’s quite the revelation. But which sucked the least?
The results will be declared and presented at Phoenix Comic Con. Whether any of the nominees will be on hand to receive their awards is debatable. If not, they will be handed to anyone who may have read the work in question…