Awards Awards Awards! or Why More Awards May Mean Less Drama.
Submitted by Erg on February 7, 2007 - 00:53
Given that it is that special time of year when half the webcomics community's heart is aflutter with the prospect of winning the respect and accolades of their peers and the other half is telling the aforementioned to commit an act that the porn industry is working furiously to make possible, I thought I might toss in one reader's opinion.
The reason the WCCA is such a difficult time for the community in general is that the WCCA is the only award event in the [webcomics] community with even a modicum of legitimacy. So it has to serve to many masters. It is closed to the public, so creators who are interested in and respect a democratic process with regards to categories or nominations are disappointed. On the other hand, the barrier to entry in comics is low enough that it is still a horse race and reflects preference and popularity over quality or at least one perspective of it. All it really manages to do is indicate which comics and creators other creators like at the moment. Which, actually, is fine.
Or it would be if other views had some sort of outlet. The film industry, much more mature than our own,(not our fault, its just old) has numerous awards ceremonies. People often comment that this is because Hollywood is full of narcissists, and that may well be true, but it is also so that a diverse array of opinions and ideas about cinema have a chance to recognize what they think is great. So we have the Golden Globes and various critics awards in addition to the Oscars. I think that webcomics as a whole would be well served by a similiar model. An award where all readers are free and welcome to vote, and an award where a panel of respected commentators and critics in the community get to have their say. Then people wouldn't have to be so disappointed by the outcomes of one awards ceremony, or become so frustrated with the process altogether. Maybe then we could just be excited by award season and create fun and exciting drinking games around it rather then rend the flesh from each others bones, as enjoyable as that is.