Award Winners

The Eisners. (Here’s a list of nominees for comparison.) I disagree with most of the choices, but that’s nothing unusual. I am glad to see that the only woman up for Hall of Fame (Ramona Fradon) made it in.

The Yomis, a new manga-focused online award. (Nominees) In contrast, I agree with three out of four of these. (I would have picked Monster or maybe Nana over Fullmetal Alchemist for Best Series.) I’m also pleased to see a much more balanced slate, gender-wise, in comparison to most other comic awards, as MangaBlog points out. (Can someone tell me what the name means, though?)

Speaking of female representation, the FOL Awards. (Nominees) Again, I disagree with several of these. I don’t understand how you can have a category (Lulu of the Year) that puts individuals against stores and entire publishers, and I think Hope Larson should have gotten Best New Talent.

I’m glad to see that enough people apparently disapproved of the damaging misrepresentations and faux-journalism of Ronee Garcia Bougeious (I don’t think that’s how she spells it, but it’s how FOL lists the nomination) to deny her an award, but apparently not enough people understood the sexism inherent in the idea behind Sexy Chix to do the same for Diana Schutz.

Then again, lots of times awards in general are voted on based on name recognition or personal preference (by which I mean “I liked that book they did that one time” and similar thinking), regardless of appropriateness of the choice for the specific nomination or year. At least with Sexy Chix, I believe the intentions were excellent.

While I’m complaining, I wish the official sites would update as quickly as the news sites do. The official Friends of Lulu site does not only not have the winners of their own awards, they’re still listing Free Comic Book Day (which was May 6) as news. Sheesh.

I’m also having my own issues over whether I believe they’re doing anything useful for the cause. They’re great at self-promotion (see aforementioned awards), but their actual achievements and attention-raising for the issues pale in comparison to what When Fangirls Attack or Girl-Wonder.org have done, in terms of getting people talking and thinking about industry sexism. At least, in my opinion.


11 Responses to “Award Winners”

  1. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] Speaking of Friends of Lulu,Ronee is now “Retail Communications and Customer Service Manager” for “TightLip Entertainment, a company that is dedicated to bringing the world of comic-book entertainment beyond the present day normal” (whatever that means). As a result, she’s no longer Comic News Editor for PopCultureShock. (I hope they’ll be able to get someone capable to replace her.) […]

  2. Lea Says:

    I’m curious: is Sexy Chix sexist because it’s all women, or…what?

    I’m really glad Leigh got Newcomer, but I am friend-biased. I also think she really deserved it.

  3. markus Says:

    @Lea
    http://fossen.blogspot.com/2006/02/sexy-chix.html
    is a good starting point. It’s – at least for me – more a matter of objectionable marketing, title and packaging than actual content, but as the award was to go to the person responsible for just that I’d have considered it a bad choice as well.

  4. Kevin Lighton Says:

    “Yomi” is (most likely) either the root of “yomu” (to read) or the root of “yomisuru” (praise/applaud) (or perhaps both).
    The only other possible meaning I could find (root of “yomu” (compose/write a poem)) seems highly unlikely.

  5. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Is it possible that Diana got the award more as a lifetime acheivement thing than for Sexy Chix? Even if you’re not a fan of that book (and it’s not a great book by any means, to be sure; at best, it’s a mediocre anthology- other than Colleen Doran and Gail Simone, nobody does great work there), Diana’s been involved in a ton of great comics at Dark Horse and Comico. Hell, she spent a long time as Dave Sim’s proofreader, and for that alone, she should get *something*.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Kevin, thanks!

    Ray, I suspect that had something to do with it.

    Lea, aside from the link Markus provided (thanks, Markus!), here’s more of my thoughts, and here’s analysis around the title.

  7. Lisa Jonte Says:

    I like Hope’s work a lot, but she’s not so new anymore. I think Leigh really deserved the award. As for people going against publishers… yeah, I agree. I would have been thrilled to see Jen Contino finally win.

    I will say though, that the fact that Ronee didn’t win renews my faith in humanity somewhat.

  8. hcduvall Says:

    Out of curiosity, how are the nominees chosen? I know women in comics isn’t the deepest pool, but I admit to pausing when I saw Ronee (who’s a board member of Friends of Lulu) nominated, albeit for a position elsewhere.

  9. Johanna Says:

    I think they poll the membership for the nominees, but I’m not sure.

  10. ~chris Says:

    (Nomination Process and Qualifications) Every FoL member may submit up to three nominees per category. Hope Larson qualified according to the rules, and no voter should think anyone less worthy for being more or less “new.” The Lulu of the Year is the only Lulu Award open to entities; I for one would like to encourage publishers in Lulu-ish endeavors. It was a pleasure sharing a table at the Awards with Sheila Keenan and Jana Morashita of GRAPHIX, who were genuinely surprised and happy to win, and are genuinely enthused about the books they are publishing.

    BTW I nominated Scholastic/GRAPHIX and Hope Larson, and voted for GRAPHIX, Rose O’Neill, Hope, and Françoise Mouly. One of the benefits of nominating and voting is that it pushes me to do some internet research; I learn more about newcomers and about comics history. The best (and hardest) part was choosing only three Kim Yale Award nominees.

  11. Rivkah Says:

    O_o I didn’t even know my book was a nominee for the Yomi’s . . . :P




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