Pretend you're Carla Speed McNeil a moment. The nineteenth issue of your comic, "Finder," has been nominated for the Best Single Issue category of the Eisner awards. That's the good news. The bad news is that you're up against comics the voters are almost certainly more familiar with, including issues of "Lucifer," "Promethea" and "Sock Monkey." So what do you do?
What the real McNeil did was put the entire story, "Talisman," up on the Web.
"C'mon, everybody; we all just vote for what we've seen," she said in a release announcing the decision on Sunday. "If there are five items nominated, and you know one book and you've barely heard of the others, you don't go out and look for the others and make up your mind. You just put a little check by the one you've seen, sometimes even if you don't like it very much. This is a test -- can't leave anything blank, right?"
For the record, here's the rest of McNeil's category:
- "Hey Mister: The Trouble with Jesus," by Pete Sickman-Garner (Top Shelf)
- "Lucifer" #4: "Born with the Dead," by Mike Carey, Warren Pleece, and Dean Ormston (Vertigo/DC)
- "Paul in the Country," by Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
- "Promethea" #10: "Sex, Stars, and Serpents," by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III, and Mick Gray (ABC)
- "Sock Monkey," vol. 3 #2, by Tony Millionaire (Dark Horse/Maverick)
The Eisner awards will be announced on Friday, July 20 in San Diego at Comic-Con International.