Official Press Release
2002 was a good year for Y: THE LAST MAN, Brian Michael Bendis, and aneclectic array of other winners in this year's Squiddy Awards. 2002'sSquiddies featured quite a few close races (and even several ties),reflecting a wide variety of deserving nominees from a diverse pool ofquality comics and creators.
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: THE LAST MAN won both the "Best NewSeries" award and share of the "Best Multi-Part Story" honors, tying forthe latter with past Squiddy favorite BLACK PANTHER's "Enemy of the StateII" storyline. Meanwhile, Squiddy voters named Brian Michael Bendis "BestWriter" and gave the "Best Comics Novella" prize to ULTIMATE SPIDER-MANSPECIAL.
PROMETHEA artist J.H. Williams III was the Squiddy voter's choice for "BestPenciler," while the "Best Inker" prize was split between BLACK PANTHER'sBob Almond and veteran inker Mark Farmer (with too many credits to list).Kaare Andrews won "Best Cover Artist" for his inventive work on Marvel'sHULK, and Marvel spider-books editor Axel Alonso was picked as "BestEditor." Rounding out the creator awards, perennial winners Alex Ross, ToddKlein, 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 genreboundaries, selecting science fiction, fantasy, humor, and western comicsas winners. Mike Carey & Peter Gross' LUCIFER (DC/Vertigo) won the "BestOngoing Series" honors, while John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco's grittywestern APACHE SKIES (Marvel/MAX) was picked as "Best Limited Series" andDC/Vertigo's science fiction comic, Y: THE LAST MAN won "Best New Series."The two-volume SEPTEMBER 11 tribute/charity anthology (from DC and DarkHorse/Image/Chaos) won the "Best Anthology" prize. Finally, AaronMcGruder's BOONDOCKS was picked as "Best Comic Strip" and McGruder himselfwon "Best Political Cartoonist.
"Representing the men-in-tights, JLA/JSA: VIRTUE & VICE (by GeoffJohns/David Goyer and Carlos Pacheco/Jesus Merino) grabbed the "BestOriginal Graphic Novel" award, while DC/Wildstorm's high-end ABSOLUTEAUTHORITY (collecting the original Warren Ellis/Brian Hitch run) was voted"Best Reprint Collection." Representing perhaps the cats-in-capes, DCDirect's STREAKY THE SUPERCAT SOFT TOY won the "Best Comics-RelatedMerchandise" prize.
Turning to the online world, NEWSARAMA.COM took the "Best General ComicsWeb Site" award, and Rich Johnston was once again selected "BestJournalist." Mark Evanier's POV ONLINE (at povonline.com) was a surprisewinner of the "Best Focused Comics Web Site," beating out favorites such asthe late Warren Ellis Forum and X-Fan. Matt Black's GRAVERS (atwww.opi8.com) won "Best Web Comic."
A complete list of the 2002 Squiddy winners appears below. Detailed resultsare available on Usenet in all the rec.arts.comics.* newsgroups and on theweb at www.squiddies.org
Best Writer.............Brian Michael BendisBest Penciler...........J.H. Williams IIIBest Inker..............Bob Almond [tie] Mark FarmerBest Painter............Alex RossBest Letterer...........Todd KleinBest Colorist...........Laura DePuy MartinBest 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 AndrewsBest Editor.............Axel AlonsoBest 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 #1Best Original Graphic Novel........JLA/JSA: Virtue and ViceBest Multi-Part Comics story.........Black Panther #41-45 [tie] ("Enemy of the State II") Y: The Last Man #1-5 ("Unmanned")Best Comic Series.......LuciferBest New Series.........Y: The Last ManBest Limited Series.....Apache SkiesBest Reprint Collection...........Absolute AuthorityBest 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 ComicsBest Character..........Judge DreddBest Character Team.....JSA (Justice Society of America) [tie] The UltimatesBest Comics-RelatedTV/Film/Performance.....Spider-Man (Live Action Motion Picture)Best Comics-RelatedStory Print.............No AwardBest Comics-RelatedMerchandise.............Streaky the Supercat soft toyBest Publication........Comic Book ArtistBest 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 industryawards given out by Usenet's rec.arts.comics community. As always, votingwas open to all readers of the various rec.arts.comics newsgroups.
Except for the Comic Buyers' Guide awards, no still-existing industry awardis older. Known originally as"the Great Usenet Comics Poll", the Squiddieshave been awarded every year since 1984. The Squiddies were named afterSuicide Squid rec.arts.comics mascot--a mythical comic book characteraccidentally created in April 1991 when Mitsuhiro Sakai wanted to ask aboutdevelopments in the series SUICIDE SQUAD, but typed "i" instead of "a".
The 2002 Squiddies were administered by Carl Henderson and Johanna DraperCarlson. Squiddies.org is maintained by Todd VerBeek.