- Posted by Johanna on July 22, 2006 at 12:46 pm
- Category: Comic News
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.