1. Best Short Story
- "Because I Love You So Much," by Nikoline Werdelin, in From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the 3rd Millennium(Fantagraphics/Aben maler)
- "Gentleman John," by Nathan Greno, in What Is Torch Tiger? (Torch Tiger)
- "How and Why to Bale Hay," by Nick Bertozzi, in Syncopated (Villard)
- "Hurricane," interpreted by Gradimir Smudja, in Bob Dylan Revisited(Norton)
- "Urgent Request," by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)
I really liked "Urgent Request." This story was so sweet and touching I couldn't help but digging it. I especially liked the color transition from the purple/grey tones to full color during the make believe sequences. Really cool.
2. Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
- Brave & the Bold #28: "Blackhawk and the Flash: Firing Line," by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz (DC)
- Captain America #601: "Red, White, and Blue-Blood," by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)
- Ganges #3, by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics)
- The Unwritten #5: "How the Whale Became," by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
- Usagi Yojimbo #123: "The Death of Lord Hikiji" by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)
All great picks here, but I'm going to have to go with The Unwritten #5. The story of Kipling and his battle with the others is a classic rework of history. I enjoyed all the comics here, especially with The Flash's conflict in his journey to WW2, and Colan's art on Captain America, but The Unwritten #5 wins out.
3. Best Continuing Series
- Fables, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy et al. (Vertigo/DC)
- Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM!)
- Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
- The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
- The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)
I love Walking Dead and Fables, and have enjoyed reading The Unwritten, but I'm going to throw my hat towards Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause. This series has had me on pins and needles the whole time. There is this sense of dread that this great comic is creating that is unmistakable and similar to the feeling when I read Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns.
4. Best Limited Series or Story Arc
- Blackest Night, by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Oclair Albert (DC)
- Incognito, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
- Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media)
- Wolverine #66-72 and Wolverine Giant-Size Special: "Old Man Logan," by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, and Dexter Vines (Marvel)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)
Tough, tough choice here. These are all really great comic books and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I think Incognito wins it out for me with its original take on heroes, villains, and the conflict one makes when he switches sides. It was a great read and I think it is very deserving of this award.
5. Best New Series
- Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, art by Tony Parker (BOOM!)
- Ireedeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM!)
- Sweet Tooth, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)
- The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
All great titles, but I think I'm going to have to go with Chew for being the most original of the bunch. There has been so many over the top moments in the first few issues alone, it has a great chance of going far in the long term. Layman and Guillory has really hit a home run with this series.
6. Best Publication for Kids
- Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf)
- The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, by Eleanor Davis (Bloomsbury)
- Tiny Tyrant vol. 1: The Ethelbertosaurus, by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme (First Second)
- The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (Abrams ComicArts/Toon)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hc, by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young (Marvel)
My favorite of these so far is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It could probably win with the art alone as Skottie Young has truly turned the material into something all its own. Coming from material like the Wizard of Oz didn't hurt either as this is going to be a classic.
7. Best Humor Publication
- Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury, by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics)
- Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me, And Other Astute Observations, by Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics)
- Little Lulu, vols. 19-21, by John Stanley and Irving Tripp (Dark Horse Books)
- The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets, by Roger Langridge (BOOM Kids!)
- Scott Pilgrim vol. 5: Scott Pilgrm vs. the Universe, by Brian Lee O'Malley (Oni)
Scott Pilgrim has my vote here. O'Malley's work has garnered him a ton of success and he has captured the indy/manga/pop/kung fu/emo vibe thing very well. With the movie coming right after the con, I think this one is in the bag.
8. Best Digital Comic
- Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl, www.abominable.cc
- Bayou, by Jeremy Love, http://zudacomics.com/bayou
- The Guns of Shadow Valley, by David Wachter and James Andrew Clark, www.gunsofshadowvalley.com
- Power Out, by Nathan Schreiber, www.act-i-vate.com/67.comic
- Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart, www.sintitulocomic.com/
Tough call here. I think I liked the story of Power Out best, but I think Karl Kerschl's Abominable Charles Christopher is going to win out. His art is so fantastic and the character of Charles is superbly done.
9. Best Reality-Based Work
- A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
- Footnotes in Gaza, by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan/Holt)
- The Impostor's Daughter, by Laurie Sandell (Little, Brown)
- Monsters, by Ken Dahl (Secret Acres)
- The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)
- Stitches, by David Small (Norton)
I loved Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco. Some of Sacco's work still haunts me today, especially knowing that it is based in truth. His painstakingly detailed pages and material that is both obscure and important continues to impress and sadden me with the reality of our world.
10. Best Adaptation from Another Work
- The Book of Genesis Illustrated, by R. Crumb (Norton)
- Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation, adapted by Michael Keller and Nicolle Rager Fuller (Rodale)
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, adapted by Tim Hamilton (Hill & Wang)
- Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
- West Coast Blues, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, adapted by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)
I loved the presentation set forth by Darwyn Cooke and his adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter. It really looked like he was channeling Eisner in this comic. It was awesome to see and he gets my pick.