Squiddy Awards announced, Rich Johnston named Best Journalist

Mon, March 24th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

2002 was a good year for Y: THE LAST MAN, Brian Michael Bendis, and an

eclectic array of other winners in this year's Squiddy Awards. 2002's

Squiddies featured quite a few close races (and even several ties),

reflecting a wide variety of deserving nominees from a diverse pool of

quality comics and creators.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: THE LAST MAN won both the "Best New

Series" award and share of the "Best Multi-Part Story" honors, tying for

the latter with past Squiddy favorite BLACK PANTHER's "Enemy of the State

II" storyline. Meanwhile, Squiddy voters named Brian Michael Bendis "Best

Writer" and gave the "Best Comics Novella" prize to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN

SPECIAL.

PROMETHEA artist J.H. Williams III was the Squiddy voter's choice for "Best

Penciler," while the "Best Inker" prize was split between BLACK PANTHER's

Bob Almond and veteran inker Mark Farmer (with too many credits to list).

Kaare Andrews won "Best Cover Artist" for his inventive work on Marvel's

HULK, and Marvel spider-books editor Axel Alonso was picked as "Best

Editor." Rounding out the creator awards, perennial winners Alex Ross, Todd

Klein, and Laura DePuy Martin all repeated past Squiddy victories in the

"Best Painter," "Best Letterer," and "Best Colorist" categories.

In the story awards, Squiddy voters ignored the medium's traditional genre

boundaries, selecting science fiction, fantasy, humor, and western comics

as winners. Mike Carey & Peter Gross' LUCIFER (DC/Vertigo) won the "Best

Ongoing Series" honors, while John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco's gritty

western APACHE SKIES (Marvel/MAX) was picked as "Best Limited Series" and

DC/Vertigo's science fiction comic, Y: THE LAST MAN won "Best New Series."

The two-volume SEPTEMBER 11 tribute/charity anthology (from DC and Dark

Horse/Image/Chaos) won the "Best Anthology" prize. Finally, Aaron

McGruder's BOONDOCKS was picked as "Best Comic Strip" and McGruder himself

won "Best Political Cartoonist.

"Representing the men-in-tights, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE (by Geoff

Johns/David Goyer and Carlos Pacheco/Jesus Merino) grabbed the "Best

Original Graphic Novel" award, while DC/Wildstorm's high-end ABSOLUTE

AUTHORITY (collecting the original Warren Ellis/Brian Hitch run) was voted

"Best Reprint Collection." Representing perhaps the cats-in-capes, DC

Direct's STREAKY THE SUPERCAT SOFT TOY won the "Best Comics-Related

Merchandise" prize.

Turning to the online world, NEWSARAMA.COM took the "Best General Comics

Web Site" award, and Rich Johnston was once again selected "Best

Journalist." Mark Evanier's POV ONLINE (at povonline.com) was a surprise

winner of the "Best Focused Comics Web Site," beating out favorites such as

the late Warren Ellis Forum and X-Fan. Matt Black's GRAVERS (at

www.opi8.com) won "Best Web Comic."

A complete list of the 2002 Squiddy winners appears below. Detailed results

are available on Usenet in all the rec.arts.comics.* newsgroups and on the

web at www.squiddies.org

Best Writer.............Brian Michael Bendis

Best Penciler...........J.H. Williams III

Best Inker..............Bob Almond [tie]

Mark Farmer

Best Painter............Alex Ross

Best Letterer...........Todd Klein

Best Colorist...........Laura DePuy Martin

Best Creative Team......Los Bros Hernandez (Love & Rockets) [tie]

Millar/Hitch/Currie (The Ultimates)

Milligan/Allred/Allred (X-Statix)

Moore/Williams/Gray/Cox/Klein (Promethea)

Best Cover Artist.......Kaare Andrews

Best Editor.............Axel Alonso

Best Political

Cartoonist...........Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks)

Best Short Story .......Fantastic Four #60 ("Inside Out") [tie]

Transmetropolitan (#60 "One More Time")

Y: The Last Man #1 ("Unmanned")

Best Comics Novella.....Ultimate Spider-Man Special #1

Best Original

Graphic Novel........JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice

Best Multi-Part

Comics story.........Black Panther #41-45 [tie]

("Enemy of the State II")

Y: The Last Man #1-5 ("Unmanned")

Best Comic Series.......Lucifer

Best New Series.........Y: The Last Man

Best Limited Series.....Apache Skies

Best Reprint

Collection...........Absolute Authority

Best Anthology..........September 11 (DC/Dark Horse/Image/Chaos)

Best Comic Strip........The Boondocks (Aaron McGruder)

Best Web Comic..........Gravers (www.opi8.com)

Best Company

or Imprint...........DC Comics

Best Character..........Judge Dredd

Best Character Team.....JSA (Justice Society of America) [tie]

The Ultimates

Best Comics-Related

TV/Film/Performance.....Spider-Man (Live Action Motion Picture)

Best Comics-Related

Story Print.............No Award

Best Comics-Related

Merchandise.............Streaky the Supercat soft toy

Best Publication........Comic Book Artist

Best Focused Web Site...Mark Evanier's POV Online (povonline.com)

Best General Web Site...Newsarama (www.newsarama.com)

Best Journalist.........Rich Johnston

The rec.arts.comics Awards ("the Squiddies") are the annual comics industry

awards given out by Usenet's rec.arts.comics community. As always, voting

was open to all readers of the various rec.arts.comics newsgroups.

Except for the Comic Buyers' Guide awards, no still-existing industry award

is older. Known originally as"the Great Usenet Comics Poll", the Squiddies

have been awarded every year since 1984. The Squiddies were named after

Suicide Squid rec.arts.comics mascot--a mythical comic book character

accidentally created in April 1991 when Mitsuhiro Sakai wanted to ask about

developments in the series SUICIDE SQUAD, but typed "i" instead of "a".

The 2002 Squiddies were administered by Carl Henderson and Johanna Draper

Carlson. Squiddies.org is maintained by Todd VerBeek.

 
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