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Squiddy Awards announced, Rich Johnston named Best Journalist

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Squiddy Awards announced, Rich Johnston named Best Journalist

Official Press Release

2002 was a good year for Y: THE LAST MAN, Brian Michael Bendis, and an
eclectic array of other winners in this year’s Squiddy Awards. 2002’s
Squiddies featured quite a few close races (and even several ties),
reflecting a wide variety of deserving nominees from a diverse pool of
quality comics and creators.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: THE LAST MAN won both the “Best New
Series” award and share of the “Best Multi-Part Story” honors, tying for
the latter with past Squiddy favorite BLACK PANTHER’s “Enemy of the State
II” storyline. Meanwhile, Squiddy voters named Brian Michael Bendis “Best
Writer” and gave the “Best Comics Novella” prize to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
SPECIAL.

PROMETHEA artist J.H. Williams III was the Squiddy voter’s choice for “Best
Penciler,” while the “Best Inker” prize was split between BLACK PANTHER’s
Bob Almond and veteran inker Mark Farmer (with too many credits to list).
Kaare Andrews won “Best Cover Artist” for his inventive work on Marvel’s
HULK, and Marvel spider-books editor Axel Alonso was picked as “Best
Editor.” Rounding out the creator awards, perennial winners Alex Ross, Todd
Klein, and Laura DePuy Martin all repeated past Squiddy victories in the
“Best Painter,” “Best Letterer,” and “Best Colorist” categories.

In the story awards, Squiddy voters ignored the medium’s traditional genre
boundaries, selecting science fiction, fantasy, humor, and western comics
as winners. Mike Carey & Peter Gross’ LUCIFER (DC/Vertigo) won the “Best
Ongoing Series” honors, while John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco’s gritty
western APACHE SKIES (Marvel/MAX) was picked as “Best Limited Series” and
DC/Vertigo’s science fiction comic, Y: THE LAST MAN won “Best New Series.”
The two-volume SEPTEMBER 11 tribute/charity anthology (from DC and Dark
Horse/Image/Chaos) won the “Best Anthology” prize. Finally, Aaron
McGruder’s BOONDOCKS was picked as “Best Comic Strip” and McGruder himself
won “Best Political Cartoonist.

“Representing the men-in-tights, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE (by Geoff
Johns/David Goyer and Carlos Pacheco/Jesus Merino) grabbed the “Best
Original Graphic Novel” award, while DC/Wildstorm’s high-end ABSOLUTE
AUTHORITY (collecting the original Warren Ellis/Brian Hitch run) was voted
“Best Reprint Collection.” Representing perhaps the cats-in-capes, DC
Direct’s STREAKY THE SUPERCAT SOFT TOY won the “Best Comics-Related
Merchandise” prize.

Turning to the online world, NEWSARAMA.COM took the “Best General Comics
Web Site” award, and Rich Johnston was once again selected “Best
Journalist.” Mark Evanier’s POV ONLINE (at povonline.com) was a surprise
winner of the “Best Focused Comics Web Site,” beating out favorites such as
the late Warren Ellis Forum and X-Fan. Matt Black’s GRAVERS (at
www.opi8.com) won “Best Web Comic.”

A complete list of the 2002 Squiddy winners appears below. Detailed results
are available on Usenet in all the rec.arts.comics.* newsgroups and on the
web at www.squiddies.org

Best Writer.............Brian Michael Bendis
Best Penciler...........J.H. Williams III
Best Inker..............Bob Almond [tie]
                        Mark Farmer
Best Painter............Alex Ross
Best Letterer...........Todd Klein
Best Colorist...........Laura DePuy Martin
Best Creative Team......Los Bros Hernandez (Love & Rockets) [tie]
                        Millar/Hitch/Currie (The Ultimates)
                        Milligan/Allred/Allred (X-Statix)
                        Moore/Williams/Gray/Cox/Klein (Promethea)
Best Cover Artist.......Kaare Andrews
Best Editor.............Axel Alonso
Best Political
   Cartoonist...........Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks)
Best Short Story .......Fantastic Four #60 ("Inside Out") [tie]
                        Transmetropolitan (#60 "One More Time")
                        Y: The Last Man #1 ("Unmanned")
Best Comics Novella.....Ultimate Spider-Man Special #1
Best Original
   Graphic Novel........JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice
Best Multi-Part
   Comics story.........Black Panther #41-45 [tie]
                        ("Enemy of the State II")
                        Y: The Last Man #1-5 ("Unmanned")
Best Comic Series.......Lucifer
Best New Series.........Y: The Last Man
Best Limited Series.....Apache Skies
Best Reprint
   Collection...........Absolute Authority
Best Anthology..........September 11 (DC/Dark Horse/Image/Chaos)
Best Comic Strip........The Boondocks (Aaron McGruder)
Best Web Comic..........Gravers (www.opi8.com)
Best Company
   or Imprint...........DC Comics
Best Character..........Judge Dredd
Best Character Team.....JSA (Justice Society of America) [tie]
                        The Ultimates
Best Comics-Related
TV/Film/Performance.....Spider-Man (Live Action Motion Picture)
Best Comics-Related
Story Print.............No Award
Best Comics-Related
Merchandise.............Streaky the Supercat soft toy
Best Publication........Comic Book Artist
Best Focused Web Site...Mark Evanier's POV Online (povonline.com)
Best General Web Site...Newsarama (www.newsarama.com)
Best Journalist.........Rich Johnston

The rec.arts.comics Awards (“the Squiddies”) are the annual comics industry
awards given out by Usenet’s rec.arts.comics community. As always, voting
was open to all readers of the various rec.arts.comics newsgroups.

Except for the Comic Buyers’ Guide awards, no still-existing industry award
is older. Known originally as”the Great Usenet Comics Poll”, the Squiddies
have been awarded every year since 1984. The Squiddies were named after
Suicide Squid rec.arts.comics mascot–a mythical comic book character
accidentally created in April 1991 when Mitsuhiro Sakai wanted to ask about
developments in the series SUICIDE SQUAD, but typed “i” instead of “a”.

The 2002 Squiddies were administered by Carl Henderson and Johanna Draper
Carlson. Squiddies.org is maintained by Todd VerBeek.

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