(click here to see the announcement)...so time for me to make my picks as to who I think should win!
Best WriterPercy Carey, Sentences: The Life of MF GrimmDwayne McDuffie, Fantastic FourGail Simone, Welcome to TranquilityJames Sturm, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim CrowJames L. White, Hunter's Moon
My pick: Hard to go wrong with James Strum!! I love his sports books.
Best ArtistKyle Baker, Nat Turner: RevolutionOlivier Coipel, ThorGeorges Jeanty, Buffy the Vampire SlayerJeremy Love, BayouRonald Wimberly, Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm
My pick: Oh man, that's some tough competition. As much as I loves me my Olivier Coipel, I can't help but go with the man, the myth, the legend - Kyle Baker.
Best Male CharacterEmmet Wilson, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow; James Sturm, writer, Rich Tommaso, artistLuke Cage, New Avengers; Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Leinil Francis Yu, artistMF Grimm, Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm; Percy Carey, writer, Ronald Wimberly, artistNat Turner, Nat Turner: Revolution; Kyle Baker, writer and artistThe Spectre, Tales of the Unexpected; David Lapham, writer, Eric Battle & Prentis Rollins, artists
My pick: Wow...tough call...I'm stuck between Grimm and Turner. I guess I'll mix things up a bit, and give it to Grimm. Sentences is an underrated work.
Best Female CharacterAmanda Waller, Checkmate; Greg Rucka, writer, Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson, artistsLee Wagstaff, Bayou; Jeremy Love, writer and artistMartha Washington, Martha Washington Dies; Frank Miller, writer, Dave Gibbons, artistSaida Nri, Adrenaline; Tyler Chin-Tanner, writer, James Boyle & Fabio Redivo, artistsThomasina Lindo, Welcome to Tranquility; Gail Simone, writer, Neil Googe, artist
My pick: Amanda Waller is one of my all-time favorite characters, so she's an easy choice.
Rising Star AwardMarguerite Abouet, AyaMarc Bernardin & Adam Freeman, Monster Attack NetworkMark Haven Britt, Full ColorKlio, SPQR BluesKorby Marks, Stormbringers
My pick: Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman. I dig their style. Highwaymen was a blast.
Best Reprint PublicationAya, Drawn & Quarterly; Chris Oliveros, publisher, Helge Dascher, translatorBeyond Premiere HC, Marvel; Tom Brevoort, editorIt Rhymes With Lust, Dark Horse; Mike Richardson, publisherStorm Premiere HC, Marvel; Axel Alonso, editorStormwatch: Post Human Division V1, DC/Wildstorm; Ben Abernathy, editor
My pick: D & Q did a fine job on Aya.
Best CoverBlade #5, Marko Djurdjevic, illustratorHighwaymen #1, Brian Stelfreeze, illustratorJSA Classified #28, Steve Uy, illustratorSentences: The Life of MF Grimm, Ronald Wimberly, illustratorSpecial Forces #2, Kyle Baker, illustrator
My pick: Djurdjevic is one of my favorite cover artists, so I have to go with him. It was a great cover.
Best Comic StripBayou, Jeremy Love, writer and artistCandorville, Darrin Bell, writer and artistFunny Cartoon of the Week, Kyle Baker, writer and artistThe K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer and artistWatch Your Head, Cory Thomas, writer and artist
My pick: Gotta go with Keith Knight. He's consistently great.
Once again, fans will be able to vote for their favorite black comic in the poll for the Fan Award for Best Comic. This year's nominees are:
Fantastic Four: The New Fantastic Four, Dwayne McDuffie, writer, Paul Pelletier & Rick Magyar, artistsJSA Classified #28, Fabian Nicieza, writer, Steve Uy, artistNew Warriors #1-6, Kevin Grevioux, writer, Paco Medina & Juan Vlasco, artistsSquadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk, Marc Guggenheim, writer, Paul Gulacy, artistStormwatch: Post Human Division, Christos Gage, writer, Doug Mahnke and Andy Smith, aritstswrite-in choice
Click here to vote.
My pick: Let's keep things mixed up a bit, and give a different book some due...Fantastic Four will be my pick. A lot of fun stories there by McDuffie.
And my pick for FF is currently the leading pick (less than three dozen votes, though).
Those are my picks!
How about you folks?