First things first: I would be remiss in my duties as a writing contributor who also blogs on the side while reporting (official title – tentative) if I didn’t first link the main content of this entry. So here they are: your 2007 WCCA Nominees (whether you like them or not)!
If you’re in webcomics or you simply READ webcomics, you’ve seen this list, made your mind up as to who should win, who WILL win, and who shouldn’t even be on the list to begin with (Howard Taylor’s artwork on Starslip? O-V-E-Rated). Still, I love’s me some fiery debate, what some might even call drama, and so this little gem over at Fleen caught my eye. While most stories on the Fleen archives garner, on average, three-to-five comments each, some amass well over forty, usually due to the aforementioned debate breaking out. And lo! The god Kurtz doth bow down from his mighty mountain to deign what is right and righteous! Behold!
Because the WCAA appear to be webcomics giving itself awards. You're all patting yourselves on the back for kinda, sorta, maybe, not really accomplishing anything yet. […]
The best part is where people get mad at me for being nominated in your pretend-awards because it takes up a spot for their chance to win a pretend-award.
in other news: f*** webcomics.
I bleeped the last line to keep it Lunchbox around here, but if you “work” in webcomics as either a job or a labor of love, can you honestly read that last bit and not feel the least bit threatened, if not really, REALLY f***ing p****ed o**?!?
(Deep breaths now, Midnight. Keep it Lunchbox, keep it Lunchbox… )
The worst part of these little spurts of Kurtz genius is that, outside of a scant few others, he has acheived a great deal of success in the vicinity of the webcomics milieu. But wouldn’t he have to go back and give the medium a big pat on the back for the HUGE boost, instead of decry that which bore him to greatness? Sure, the guy’s got an Eisner (or, as some might see it, a real award) for his work on top of countless WCCAs, but does that mean that first award from his peers wasn’t a great boost of confidence, possibly even the thing that DROVE him to win that Eisner? I might even posit that Kurtz’s first WCCA is the reason he gets up every morning.
As the later comments on that thread suggest, maybe a win-limit should be enforced to ensure the winners get that boost and then move on to do bigger and better things than cry foul on the very award that begat them? Many commenters compared the WCCAs to the SAG awards, which are also awarded by the peers of those in the film industry, but awarding something on that basis is completely different when the works they are judged on are created not in hours or days, but months, even years. Should the whole awards process for webcomics be reworked or even scrapped until we can get our act together?
If so, can we, as a community, impose an embargo on the awards? I’ll go you one better; to see to it that no one votes, let’s collectively black ball those who choose to defy the will of the masses! Need me to write it bigger? BLACK. BALL. You will never, ever find work in webcomics again. We will form search committees, break out the flashlights, there is NOWHERE you can hide that we won’t find you! To paraphrase the great, Sean ‘Puffy “P-Diddy”‘ Combs, Vote and DIE! Let’s get crazy up in here! Shake things up! Make webcomics the rockstar, edge-livin’, evil-cousin of comic books that everyone already thinks we are!
Discuss amongst yourselves, I’m going to seek the lowest point below sea level in the hopes that the wrath of the god Kurtz will pass over me and mine.