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Another purpose for the WCCAs

I've heard a lot of positive and negative things said about the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards. Since the 2007 awards were just announced, you'll hear all that criticism and support regurgitated once again -- but not here. But I do look forward to seeing the awards every year, for one specific reason: Every year, I find at least one new webcomic to read and love.

Last year, it was Gunnerkrigg Court (http://www.gunnerkrigg.com). I'd never heard of it before, and I might have only given it a cursory glance if I hadn't been curious as to what all the hubbub was about.

Before that, it was Narbonic (http://www.narbonic.com), a strip I'd encountered in its earliest days and discarded because of its then-primitive artistic style.

This year, it's the Curious Adventures of Aldus Maycombe (http://aldus.comicgen.com). And dreams in synergy. And...

I guess this did turn out to be about the WCCAs. And my point is this: of course they're subjective. They're run by humans, and that's just the way we operate, flaws and all. But even the controversy about which strips win, which strips should have won, which strips should have been nominated serves a greater purpose than just official peer recognition.

Participating in this whole process -- the discussion, the debate, the criticism -- gets you readers.

And that's the real reward.

And there isn't any reason

And there isn't any reason they can't be both a nice award and a great source for things you may have missed.

The big thing is that it needs to keep people involved. I'm thinking about doing even more this time to pitch in then I did last time.

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Agreed. And that's one of

Terrence Marks's picture

Agreed. And that's one of the reasons why I'm hesitant about reducing the number of categories. There were a lot of good comics that got nominated that otherwise might not have.

 

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There was a wonderful list

AmericanGothic's picture

There was a wonderful list of Newcomer Comics posted on the WCCA forum. I found more new comics there than anywhere

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They're the only awards we

David Simon's picture

They're the only awards we have, and they cost us nothing - I don't understand why people get so snarky about them.

I, too, have been delighted to discover some new quality work this year thanks to the WCCAs - Aldus Macombe is a prime example.

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