Eisner Digital Comics Controversy?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 9, 2006 - 09:19
T Campbell hits on something we talked about in the comments to our earlier Eisner post this week: what exactly is Matt Forsythe's ojingogo nominated for? As in what did Forsythe do in 2005 to receive the nomination.
ojingogo was nominated in 2005, presumably for work up to the end of 2004 (which T seems to confirm in his post which includes a discussion of the rules). I calculated 9 new pages since then, T calculates only 7 new pages. Either way ojingogo is a fairly short piece which is still unfinished. It seems unfair, and a mite bit ridiculous with the now vast amount of material on the web to twice nominate a short unfinished work for the Eisner award.
All of which seems like I am condemning Forsythe's work I suppose, but I am not and when it's finished I would have no problems with its nomination. Nominating an unfinished work on the web for an award is problematic and should not be allowed. This rule would not discriminate against long-form or ongoing serialized webcomics if we allowed for the judges to nominate technically unfinished webcomics on the basis of finished chapters or storylines. And in any event, the judges should be clear about the work that is the basis for their nomination.