Let’s face it… very few people had heard of last year’s Reuben winners. It was the second year, and the categories were split into two: Long-Form and Short-Form for Online Comics. While it technically spread the webcomic awards by double, I don’t know many people who’d heard of either Ten Cats (the Short-Form winner) or Untold Tales of Bigfoot (the Long-Form winner). Both comics were alright, by the way.
This year’s nominees, though, are a solid mix. Let’s check out the Reuben noms:
Dicebox – by Jenn Manley Lee
Family Man – by Dylan Meconis
Red’s Planet – by Eddie Pittman
Tuki – by Jeff Smith
Of these, the only one I haven’t read is Tuki. And, man, it’s Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL). Of course it’s probably good. I really can’t process these categories through the Sugarshock-o-meter to predict a winner, because I think all four have an equal and very deserving chance of snagging the award.
Watson – by Jim Horowitz
Buni – Ryan Pagelow
New Yorker Online – Mike Twohy
… I’ve heard of Buni. Still, I am not opposed to the New Yorker competing in a webcomic category. The New Yorker comics have been upping their online presence as of late, running caption contests and commission works from prominent webcomic types. Watson looks alright… if a little unremarkable.
Still, there’s your Reubens, and the fight over who wins the Long-Form category should be interesting at least!
(h/t Robot 6)