It’s sad when it happens to someone you know.

§ May 13th, 2007 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on It’s sad when it happens to someone you know.

So in Saturday’s mail delivery, I received the ballot for the upcoming Eisner Awards, for various outstanding achievements in funnybooking. What caught my eye, however, was the “Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism” category:

Along with some fine and deserving print publications are two equally fine and deserving comic weblogs: Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter and Dirk Deppey’s Journalista. I think we can all agree that both of those websites are essential reading for anyone interested in comics as an artform and/or an industry, and I of course would applaud the awarding of an Eisner to either.

However, I can’t help but notice that there’s room for a write-in ballot. And since they’re considering weblogs:


Hey, why not? Surely I’m deserving of an Eisner for my in-depth investigative reporting. Okay, it’s mostly about things that happened a decade ago, or me complaining about whatever stupid thing Marvel’s done this time, but I’ve been in the industry for (ahem) many years now, toiling in the funnybook fields, and feeding my hard-won knowledge into this weblog. That must count for something. Plus, I once touched Jack Kirby. (Appropriately touched, thank you.)

At the very least, I deserve a trophy for managing to sell a full run of Marvel Vision. I realize that’s not “journalism,” but it’s like Hercules cleaning the Augean stables, baby, and I demand recognition!

Oh, sure, you could vote for other, lesser weblogs run by…well, I don’t want to throw the word “Communist” around, or bring up anyone’s time in prison. But you folks know what to do. VOTE RUIN! Vote early, vote often, as they say.

If I win, I promise to totally abuse my newfound power and cruelly crush my enemies…so you know your vote is going toward a worthy cause.

This image from the end of yesterday’s post:

…comes from an early ’50s installment of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, featuring a funny contrast between the “for the kiddies” blurb across the top of the display and the actual comics therein. It’s amusing, at least to me, to look at the titles and pick out the ones that eventually were used (or, in the case of Smash, had been used) for real comics.

I particularly like the drawings Schulz provided for the covers:

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