The folks over at Frumph decided we didn’t have enough webcomics award shows/ceremonies, so they decided to create the WCRCAs (Webcomic Readers Choice Awards), not to be confused with the WCCAs (Webcomic Choice Awards).
Among the categories are simple ones like Best Art, Writing, Design, Author Congeniality (how well the creator tends to interact with the readers), Protagonist and Antagonist (separate categories), Supporting Character, and New Comic. Actually, that’s all the categories; you can bet that more will be added if the awards are popular.Â
In terms of who won what, it’s a good smattering of strips you may not have heard of or strips that you’ve heard of but never checked out for whatever reason (new category: Best Strip You Meant To Check Out But Something Came Up). The categories were voted on by the fans, the weightiest aspect of the entire tabulation process, and then discussed and deliberated by a panel of qualified judges.
With each category we are given everyone who was nominated, including the place they did or did not earn in the awards (out of at least four, not including the Honorable Mention). I must say that this is where my opinion of this new awards… thing changes. I love the fact that we now have yet another list of webcomics from which to pull and cull reviews, but are you really going to put a badge of honor on your site, stating you were the 4th Place (3rd Runner-Up) Best Artist of the Webcomic Reader’s Choice Awards?
Got any thoughts on this newest chance to show those we read everyday just how much we appreciate them? Would they rather just have a nice cash prize? Talk about appreciation! When we finally gets our awards show off the ground, the prize will be a card in the mail with cash in it, just like you get from your grandmother every year.
We leave this topic with a quote from the official press release of the Frumph awards:
Given the number and variety of nominees, total public votes cast and the prestigious judging panel, this award is destined to become one of the most prestigious in webcomic community.
We’ll see about that.