MY EAGLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Best Newcomer Writer: SIMON SPURRIER
While Si is pretty established as far as 2000AD fans are concerned, outside of that circle, he may not be as well known, that's why he gets my vote. Si has had a huge break with his Silver Surfer; In Thy Name mini series for Marvel. I was chuffed to hear Si had landed the gig. Couldn't go to a nicer guy.
Best Newcomer Artist: KEITH BURNS
As tempted as i was to vote for myself (seeing as someone had alredy nominated me...), I had to support Keith, who drew Blood Psi for Andy Winter. Plus, he's from Ireland, so he deserves a vote, just for that.
Best Writer: ED BRUBAKER
It's no secret i love this man's writing. As you see more of my nominations, you might notice this.
Best Writer/Artist: BOB BYRNE
What can i say about this guy that hasn't already been said about Afganistan? He's bombed up and depleted. Ah just kidding, like i said in the last post, this is Bob's year, and i really hope he at least gets a nomination for this.
Best Penciller: RUFUS DAYGLO
Aside from being a top bloke, i was lucky enough to see Rufus' pencilled pages at the recent Hi-Ex con in Inverness. I really like his approach to storytelling, with a keen eye on design. That kind of work interests me more than a tightly-rendered pencil drawing.
Best Inker: STEFANO GUADIANO
Not a UK boy (actually, i don't know where he's from), but again, i really like this artist's approach to inks. Loose and textured, his inks add great atmosphere to Michael Lark's pencils on Daredevil.
Best Fully Painted Artwork: ESAD RIBIC
Have you seen this guy's work? I've seen simple line-drawings he's done, and they're amazing.
Best Colourist: LEN O' GRADY
Surprised i had to add Len's name to this list. Along with doing great colour work in 2000AD, Len's belting out great colours on his many IDW books. Plus, he's Irish. Let's see the award go to a Limerick-man!
Best Editor: CHRIS RYALL
Last year i voted for Matt Smith, who quite deservedly won, but this year i'm going for Chris Ryall. He's really going all out there with IDW, with his Angel and Star Trek books, but aside from that, he's employing not one, not two, not three, but FOUR irish lads. See a running trend here? If you're Irish i'll vote for you.
Best Publisher: IMAGE
Admittedly, Marvel are knocking it out of the park these days with top creators on top books. Dark Horse too, are bringing out some of my favourite books, but i voted for Image. Image really is where some great, original stories are being published and by god, that's a cause i'll support.
Fav American Colour Comic: CRIMINAL
Love this book. Love the story. Love the art. Nuff said.
Fav UK Colour Comic: 2000AD
2000AD can be tricky. There's some stuff in there i really don't like, but there's some really great stuff too. All in all, it's the best UK colour book i've read, so voted for it, i did (in Yoda voice)
Fav B&W American: THE WALKING DEAD
Have you read this book? Freakin' unbelievable. Without a doubt, the most compelling book on the stands these days.
Fav B&W UK: BLOOD PSI
Arrrgh! This was a tough one, as i really wanted to vote for PJ Holden's PREVIOUSLY (Sorry PJ!) but, i had to support Andy's Hero Killers follow up. A really, really great vampire story, that's recieved rave reviews. Oh yeah, i also did the cover for it. I urge you to vote for either book. They're both great.
Fav New Comicbook: TANK GIRL - THE GIFTING
Great book By Alan C. Martin, Ashley Wood and Rufus Dayglo.
Fav Comics Story: CRIMINAL 6-10 (LAWLESS)
See 'Fav Writer'. Second arc of the series, and the best so far, in my humble opinion.
Fav Original Graphic Novel: SILVERFISH
Great noir thriller by David Lapham.
Fav Reprint Collection: CRIMINAL: COWARD
See 'Fav Writer' (again)
Fav Comics Hero (HERO): BUCKY (CAPTAIN AMERICA)
Captain America is another great book by Brubaker, but what he did with the Bucky character in the last year or so has been a fantastic read.
Fav Comics Villain: BARRACUDA
Loved the recent Barracuda run in Punisher, and his own mini-series. Great villain.
Fav Magazine: DRAW!/WRITE NOW
I don't get to read thse as much as i'd like, but when i do get my hands on them i read every inch of them.
Fav Comics Related book: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Great book that interviews Scott Hampton, Mark Chiarello, Mike Mignola, Brian Stelfreeze,etc. A fantastic read for us artistic type, or any student of sequential storytelling.
Fav Comics Related website: INDIEREVIEW
A site dedicated to UK small press/indie books. They've been very supportive of Hero Killers, so the least i can do is send them a vote their way
Roll of Honour: JAMES REDINGTON
I'd like to nominate Steve Gerber, but to be fair, i've never read any of his work. James Redington however, i was fortunate enough to know. Again, a great supporter of Hero Killers (and small press books in general), James was at all the cons, supporting his own books and others too. He wrote the first interview i ever did and i was so grateful for his efforts to spread the word about our little book. He died tragically at a very youg age in mid '08 and the least i could do for him is to nominate him for the Roll of Honour.
So, there it is. Agree with me? Disagree? Tough. I've already voted, so there's nothin' you can do about it! Right, there's a lot of talk on this artblog recently, i'll post a whole Frankenstein page soon, to make up for it.