- Posted by Johanna on June 6, 2007 at 7:51 pm
- Category: Meta
Some rambling inspired by receiving a press release earlier this week announcing that Title had won a Best Award from an unfamiliar source that I suspect tends to recognize those that buy ads from them.
Are there too many awards? There’s an awful lot — Eisners, Harveys, Ignatzes, Lulus, various websites and magazines name their favorites, or their readers’ choices… Plus, outstanding graphic novels are now being recognized in traditional book award competitions. Sure, it’s wonderful for creators and publishers to be able to banner their work “best of”, but does it help customers in any way?
Oscars drive up movie box office. Does being named a Harvey or Eisner Award winner do the same for comics? Are you more likely to check out or buy something that’s won an award? Or does it depend on the award?
Does anyone even pay attention? I recently reviewed an upcoming book that prominently mentions “Eisner-winning” in the author biography and press materials. However, if you actually check the archives, the author was only nominated that year, not a winner. It was a decade ago, though, so should we care?
(Disclaimer: I’ve seen some of this from the inside. I assist in a small way with the Harvey Awards, and I helped run the now-defunct Squiddies for five years. Nothing will drown you in minutiae faster than trying to decide just what’s eligible for which category, by the way.)