As Brigid reported the other day, the Eisner noms have been announced and the list of digital comics (hey, they’re webcomics to those of us in the know) is fairly sparse with regards to those we’ve come to know and love.
First, let me refresh your memories (with appropriate pauses to accentuate applause that, as with any other nomination announcement, is strangely absent):
Best Digital Comic
The Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl
Billy Dogma, Immortal, by Dean Haspiel
The Process, by Joe Infurnari
PX!, By Manny Trembley and Eric A. Anderson
Sugarshock!, by Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon
No Kurtz, no Onstad, no Gurewitch, this year’s Eisner list is dominated, gloves up, man-on-man, by the comic book guys who play in that sandbox of graphic novelism and typically leave alone the gag strip mentality so many webcomickers employ. Also, it should be noted that this is the awards where they actually give things out and request that you wear a suit when you pick it up.
So, it’s probably best that the T-shirt and jeans crowd stay out of this particular meeting. I’m sure, if necessary, a nominated brother-in-arms could uncomfortably yank that jacket on, awkwardly tie that tie, and walk the walk with the best of ’em. Heck, ask Kurtz, he did it a couple years ago!
I mean, if I were asked, I’m sure I could buy a suit for the thing…
Crushed and deferred dreams aside (goreadmystrip), it’s no coincidence that two of the nominees are compatriots in the webcomics-comic-booky collective, Act-I-Vate, obtainer of the recent Zuda contestant, Sam & Lilah (number 4 in the rankings, number 1 in our hearts). Dean Haspiel has done several books and titles, though his current work is the nominated Billy Dogma, Immortal, and Michael Cavallaro, whose Act-I-Vate work just recently debuted, was nominated in the Limited Series category for his Image book, Parade (With Fireworks).
And in other it’s-no-coincidence news, the Act-I-Vate bunch are launching a new website to coincide with the most up-and-coming of all comic book conventions, The New York Comic-Con. Previously, you could only get your Act-I-Fix on LiveJournal, so the group decided to mature a bit with their Eisner mentions and branch out to the area outside emo kids and… well, emo kids.
So good on ya, Act-I-Vate! Your content doesn’t fit my webcomics tastes (quick and sharp are the two key ingredients) but put out a print anthology and then we’ll talk. And good luck in the upcoming 2008 Eisners, presented live at the San Diego Comic-Con (long running most monopolistic comic convention in the world) on the weekend of July 24-27!
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