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2006 Web Cartoonists' Choice Award Final Nominees

They're here! The final nominees for the 2006 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards are announced!

Although the final voting system isn't quite ready yet, this is your opportunity to check out all of the nominees and start discussing them. Then, once the final polls are open, you'll be ready to make informed and researched decisions that guarantee that the best comics will win.

Outstanding Comic

  • Achewood
  • Fetus-X
  • Girl Genius
  • Inverloch
  • Narbonic
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship
  • Scary Go Round

Outstanding Newcomer

  • The Dreamland Chronicles
  • Feral Calf
  • Gunnerkrigg Court
  • Parallel Dementia
  • Pirate and Alien
  • Starslip Crisis

Outstanding Artist

  • David Hellman (A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible)
  • Michelle Mayo (Tales of the Traveling Gnome)
  • Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship)
  • Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch)

Outstanding Black and White Art

  • Biozoic
  • Digger
  • Megatokyo
  • Sam and Fuzzy
  • Starslip Crisis
  • Today: The Comic
  • Wapsi Square

Outstanding Character Art

  • Applegeeks
  • The Dreamland Chronicles
  • Fetus-X
  • Inverloch
  • Ugly Hill
  • Wapsi Square

Outstanding New Character Design

  • Aki Alliance
  • Biozoic
  • Templar, Arizona

Outstanding Environment Design

  • Copper
  • The Dreamland Chronicles
  • Fetus-X
  • Inverloch
  • Megatokyo
  • Templar, Arizona

Outstanding Layout

  • A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible
  • Copper
  • Inverloch

Outstanding Use of Color

  • A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible
  • Applegeeks
  • Copper
  • Gunnerkrigg Court
  • Parallel Dementia

Outstanding Use of Flash

  • Alpha Shade
  • e-Merl
  • Hold My Life
  • I Am A Rocket Builder
  • Starslip Crisis

Outstanding Use of Infinite Canvas

  • e-Merl
  • Estancia
  • Five Ways to Love a Cockroach
  • Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life
  • Girly
  • Smithson
  • Synchronicity

Outstanding Web Design

  • Alpha Shade
  • Applegeeks
  • Dueling Analogs
  • Inverloch
  • Shortpacked
  • Starslip Crisis

Outstanding Writer

  • Chris Onstad (Achewood)
  • Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis, Checkerboard Nightmare, Modern Humor Authority)
  • Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Whispered Apologies)
  • Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch)
  • Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Li’l Mell, Smithson, Trunktown)

Outstanding Character Writing

  • Achewood
  • Inverloch
  • Order of the Stick
  • Questionable Content
  • Scary Go Round
  • Something Positive
  • Templar, Arizona

Outstanding Dramatic Comic

  • Inverloch
  • Junk Riot
  • Something Positive

Outstanding Comedic Comic

  • Achewood
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship
  • Shortpacked
  • White Ninja

Outstanding Long Form Comic

  • Gunnerkrigg Court
  • Inverloch
  • Templar, Arizona

Outstanding Short Form Comic

  • Dinosaur Comics
  • Overcompensating
  • Partially Clips
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship
  • Wondermark

Outstanding Single Panel Comic

  • Chopping Block
  • Fetus-X
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
  • Savage Chickens
  • Today: The Comic
  • Toothpaste for Dinner

Outstanding Story Concept

  • Girl Genius
  • Gunnerkrigg Court
  • Inverloch
  • Templar, Arizona

Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic

  • Digger
  • Dinosaur Comics
  • Feral Calf
  • Sock’d
  • VG Cats

Outstanding Fantasy Comic

  • The Dreamland Chronicles
  • Earthsong
  • Inverloch
  • No Rest for the Wicked
  • Order of the Stick
  • Talismen Return of the Exile

Outstanding Gaming Comic

  • Dueling Analogs
  • Order of the Stick
  • Penny Arcade
  • VG Cats

Outstanding Slice-of-Life Comic

  • Devil’s Panties
  • Overcompensating
  • Penny and Aggie
  • Reprographics
  • Something Positive

Outstanding Romantic Comic

  • Fetus-X
  • Questionable Content
  • Red String
  • Sordid City Blues

Outstanding Science Fiction Comic

  • Daedalus Blue
  • Freefall
  • Girl Genius
  • Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life
  • Starslip Crisis
  • Zap

Outstanding Superhero/Action Comic

  • Bang Barstal
  • The Green Avenger
  • Magellan
  • Smithson
  • Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki

 

Left out again.

LineItemVito's picture

I'll just have to wait, I guess, for the category "Best minimalist talking-head quasi-political animated-cartoon humor". I'm already the winner: Google Says So

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Popularity contest?

Darlene's picture

It does seem like the nominations are based on popularity and who you know. Isn't it somewhere in the rules that in order to be part of the committee, you have to be a creator or writer or somehow involved in the creations of comics? And if so, why not nominate your own creation?

Seems like before the final nominations are announced and voted on, all samples of everything nominated should be seen. Much like the Academy getting copies of movies.Â

 

"I'm so hungry, I can eat the crotch out of a rag doll."
-Doug from 'Ghost World'

"I'm so hungry, I can eat the crotch out of a rag doll."
-Doug from 'Ghost World'

It's a mighty poor popularity contest, if it is...

The William G's picture

As far I know, you can quite merrily nominate yourself. I dont think there's anyone who hasn't done it. If you make it to the final round, that just means others agree with your self-assessment.

 And while a comic someone may have heard of will have a better chance of being remembered when everyone is trying to think of three webcomics to nominate, than one that isn't, it's an unfortunate problem with the web being as huge as it is. It's just impossible to know what's out there.

Guys like DJ Coffman and Rob Balder are pretty good at the marketing thing, so search out their advice if you feel a comic is under the radar.

But, as someone said elsewhere, if it were a popularity contest, it'd be Penny Arcade winning in every category. Including ones it doesn't fit in.

 And look at those nominations. Sure there are a number of popular webcomics, but a lot of them are anything but. The idea of the WCCAs, as I see it, is to have your peers tell you they think you done good. And if one sees a need to have a comic better exposed because it was overlooked this year, then get out there and start getting in everyone's faces.

I'm pretty certain my comic got it's nomination because I wrote a silly "Why I Deserve A Million WCCAs" article here a while back as a way to draw more readers. But it must have stuck in people's minds, because there Bang Barstal is, winning the Outstanding Superhero/ Action category this year over Smithson, Magellan and those other comics... heh heh


I think FETUS-X has raised

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I think FETUS-X has raised the bar in the Romance genre. Newcomers will have a mighty long road to travel to even come close.

AP Furtado
www.01comics.com

Fetus-X as Outstanding Romantic Comic

EricMillikin's picture

Thanks, William and Tony for supporting Fetus-X for Outstanding Romantic Comic. I am honored and flattered that so many other webcomic artists believe in and support what I am doing with Fetus-X.

I'd also like to congratulate all of the other nominees and wish them the best. It's great to see so many of my favorite comics and artists also nominated. I'd give you all high-fives but my zombie arm would probably kill you.

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Fetus-X is the greatest comic in the world.

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Fetus-X is the greatest comic in the world.

I'm just curious when the

Tom Brazelton's picture

I'm just curious when the WCCA is going to announce a "Best Movie Comic" category. We're growing in numbers! I mean, if Comixpedia dedicated a whole month to movies in web comics and Zoinks! Magazine can do the same, why not? It's not any more out of place than "Best Video Game" comic.Â

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Best Shmest

Uncle Ghastly's picture

 

It'll be before they announce "Best Adult Audience" catagory, that's for sure. But hey, as long as the furries continue to have thier own catagory everyone is happy.

I think you and I see

Tom Brazelton's picture

I think you and I see eye-to-eye on the futility of creating genre-specific "Best of" category. Where does one draw the line?Â

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Wow, thanks William. Don't

apfurtado's picture

Wow, thanks William.
Don't worry man, they ignored me too. perhaps you can join me in my attempt to build a race of atomic supermen to strike back at the very world which scorns me. Then again, I'll probably just draw another page. I'm unmotivated for world domination and the whole revenge thing. I'll leave that for DJ. and Joey. :)

AP Furtado
www.01comics.com

FETUS-X for Best Romance

apfurtado's picture

FETUS-X for Best Romance comic. Finally a nomination that may actually make me want to call on the minions! Yeah baby!Â

 

AP Furtado
www.01comics.com

AP...

The William G's picture

I voted for Nick Brasco in a couple of categories, but they ignored me. Sorry.


Oops...A couple of minor

Oops...

A couple of minor typos. Should be Daedalus, not Daedelus, Talismen:, not Talisman, and Smithson and Synchronicity should be two separate entries.

I should have caught the spelling errors sooner. I blame Dubya.

Fixed Smithson/Synch

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Fixed the smithson/synchronicity error - not sure I caught the other typos you mentioned.Â

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I am a Modern Major Generality.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Talismen needs a colon.

Talismen needs a colon. Otherwise, we're there!

aw, didn't make the best

oolong's picture

aw, didn't make the best newcomer nominees this year :X though, technically, since WD started in january of 2006, it will be eligible for next year's Surprised

 

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Outstanding newcomer...

The William G's picture

...means new comic and not new creator? I didn't know that.

 "Outsanding New Series" would be a better name.

 HAHAHA! Fetus X for Outstanding Romance comic?! I know where my vote is going.

EDIT: And lo! I hath blogged my choices