Ninth Art Tackles The Eisner Awards May 19, 2004Xaviar Xerexes 3 Comments Over at Ninth Art, John Fellows comments on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Eisner awards.
Seriously, why care? The Oscars are when the Star System reach its peak. It’s where you find dumb teenagers crowding out behind the line of security guards just to catch a glimpse of dumb silliconated actresses/models. The Oscars, at least to me, mean less than the Eisners. They no longer award the best on the movie industry. Like the guy said, it serves a purpose: to bring attention to the movies and help them to sell out. The Oscars are just a big fat fucked up system where the best lobbyists get their slice of the cake.
Cartoonists don’t come out of limousines dressed in tuxedos while a bunch of teenagers fight out just to touch them. True, some artists have hardcore fans, but they belong to Cons, lining out for an autograph, not to the reception of a Award Ceremony. This “underground” nature of the Eisner is just part of its charm. They still award the best in comics, and I hope it keeps that way. True, maybe the Eisner should help boosting out comics sales, but that’s not what the award is for. It’s a recognizement that your work is appreciated among other cartoonists. Everything that derives from that is just a consequence.
I’d rather keep the Eisner as it is now than sell it out so the “87420946328732th death of Wolverine” gets an award.
By the way, it’s about time the Eisner includes a category for Online Comics. What the ***** is up with that?
This “underground” nature of the Eisner is just part of its charm.
Thank you, Indie Rock Pete.
Giving an depth and meaning to an award is like giving depth and meaning to a currency: it’s only worth something if people people believe it is, meaning that if you want the award to matter, then you need to get more people interested in it, you need to widen the berth of your voting base. Here’s a fun idea: you post an e-mail address for someone with some involvement in the Eisner’s, we’ll flood the guy’s inbox with recommendations to add a Best Webcomic award.
“Thank you, Indie Rock Pete.”
Heheheh… I didn’t see that one coming. Anyway, you’re right about the currency analogy. There’s no point in winning an award nobody else wants.
But is that what really happens to the Eisners? From what I got, Fellows is just complaining about the lack of attention the award gets from the media and the average comic reader. Maybe a little PR could help with that, yes. But the main reason of an award should not be the boosting of one’s comics sales. You do that and you’re turning the Eisner into another Oscar.
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