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2007 WCCA Announcement

This year the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards took a huge step forward by using for the first time our own, self-sufficient webhost and voting mechanisms. With any step this big there's bound to be some wobbling, but with the foundation set the future of the awards is ready to take off. And next year we already have even bigger and better challenges ready to take the WCCAs to a whole new level.

One element of the awards that has always caused confusion is trying to justify the timing of the awards with the definition of a comic's previous year of performance. Having the awards in the middle of the year always raises confusion regarding whether we're judging the previous physical year or the previous calender year. Well, next year we'll be moving the 2007 WCCA awards to the beginning of the year to clarify that judging will be based on the nominees performance within the year 2006.

Therefore the 2007 Nomination round will begin January 1st and will end on January 14th.

Nominees will be announced and the voting round will begin on January 22nd and will end on February 11th.

Winning announcements will be available online on February 19th.

But there's more, in addition to the traditional online ceremony, The Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards will be hosting a LIVE ceremony in 2007! We are pleased to have the cooperation of the organizers of MegaCon and plan to make our award ceremony an important part of this convention. Having a live event opens up a number of opportunities to us that we're looking forward to nurturing and developing. Just as the WCCAs have grown and improved over the years, we're looking forward to this new live element to take off and become as popular as our online ceremony.

We hope all of you will be able to make to this awards presentation. And if you're interested in helping out on this live event, or helping out with the 2007 awards in general, please contact me at zortic@yahoo.com

zortic wrote:One element of

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

[quote=zortic]One element of the awards that has always caused confusion is trying to justify the timing of the awards with the definition of a comic's previous year of performance. Having the awards in the middle of the year always raises confusion regarding whether we're judging the previous physical year or the previous calender year. Well, next year we'll be moving the 2007 WCCA awards to the beginning of the year to clarify that judging will be based on the nominees performance within the year 2006.

Therefore the 2007 Nomination round will begin January 1st and will end on January 14th.

Nominees will be announced and the voting round will begin on January 22nd and will end on February 11th.

Winning announcements will be available online on February 19th.[/quote]

Mark - I think the shift in timing is a good one especially since the WCCAs have never seemed to benefit in anyway I can tell from their proximity to Comicon and the Eisners. One thing that is still a question in my mind though is whether the rules now explicitly direct nominations and winning to be based on work published in the year prior (so for next year the awards would be based on work in 2006). This was a matter of debate earlier in the life of the WCCAs and I wonder if it's been or is being resolved?

[quote=zortic]But there's more, in addition to the traditional online ceremony, The Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards will be hosting a LIVE ceremony in 2007! We are pleased to have the cooperation of the organizers of MegaCon and plan to make our award ceremony an important part of this convention. Having a live event opens up a number of opportunities to us that we're looking forward to nurturing and developing. Just as the WCCAs have grown and improved over the years, we're looking forward to this new live element to take off and become as popular as our online ceremony.[/quote]

I think the live presentation is a necessary step forward to taking the WCCAs to another level of professionalism I've never actually been a huge fan of the "online" presentation as the quality of the comics has varied tremendously and really one wants to find out the winners when they're announced.

However I have a question about the location - I don't follow the organizing committee's message board/group but how was MegaCon chosen? It doesn't strike me as one of the most webcomic-friendly conventions or simply an important convention - are they giving the WCCAs a tremendous amount of support? Is it simply the timing of the calendar? I think it would be helpful to know more about this choice.

 

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Our WCCA charter and rules

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Our WCCA charter and rules need a major overhaul this year. The committee will be going into this alot more in the coming months. I'm sure that the verbage for the rules will focus more on the nominees calender year performance. Â

And yes, Megacon was chosen for it's timing and it's willingness to work with us. They have a serious desire to become more "webcomic friendly" and we're hoping that making them the home of the WCCA will eventually give us the power to take it over and turn it into THE Webcomic Convention.

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Nice Changes for WCCA

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I think that it is a good idea to move the WCCA earlier in the year to reduce confusion. I am also glad that the live ceremony will be in addition to the on-line ceremony rather than replacing it, so those of us who can only participate in the on-line ceremony will not be left out!

I do not know whether you have yet received my message, but I am willing to help with next year's awards.

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