- Posted by Johanna on July 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm
- Category: Comic News
After some controversy last year, the awards made some changes this year. I applaud their willingness to adjust their process in response to feedback. Here is their description of the current awards:
After the 2008 Awards it was decided, by committee, that the Awards would be streamlined and no longer career retrospective in theme (except for the Hall of Fame). As such there are new categories for 2009 and they are as follows:
Favorite Inker: favorite inker over another’s pencil art from ’08 material — winner: Wade Von Grawbadger
Most Adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in ’08 — winner: Tim Townsend
Props Award: inker over others’ pencil art deserving of more attention from ’08 — winner: Matt Ryan
The SPAMI: favourite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent: ’08 cover-dated ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work) — winner: Tim Townsend
All In One Award: Favourite artist known for almost-exclusively inking his/her own pencil work and rarely the work of others in ’08 — winner: Mike Mignola
The Joe Sinnott Award: Hall Of Fame designation for an inking career of outstanding accomplishment. Lifetime achievement (minimum 15 years) not limited to ’08 material. Winner: Terry Austin and Dick Giordano
Tim Townsend won the Small Press Award for inking Witchblade, which I guess falls under “Mainstream-Independent”, whatever that means.
That slate is a decrease from last year’s 10 awards, many of which relied on distinctions that may not have been clear to the general public. This year they also had a group of nominators select choices, which were then “validated” by the award organizing committee. The general public voted on the resulting slate during the month of June. Strangely, most of the nominators were not artists, but writers and critics. I know you don’t want them to be inkers, given the potential for conflict of interest, but I would think including a few more artists would be beneficial.