Now, I’ll be brutally honest here. At the risk of making a few folks angry, I have to say that I really don’t take much stock in comic book awards. I find them to be only slightly more politically driven than the Oscars and usually end up being way less entertaining than the MTV Movie Awards.
Now, that said, I do feel that they go a long way to preserve the legacy and history of the industry. By simply using the name Harvey or Eisner, the awards envoke a sense of honor and tradition that I’m not sure they live up to. I don’t mean this in terms of the quality of work of the winners or nominees, by the way. I mean it in terms of the political-correctness that these awards tend to bring about.
Perhaps I feel this way because I’ve never won (or been nominated, come to think of it) for an Eisner, a Harvey, an Eagle, a Shuster, or even a Sproing (look it up, it’s real). Maybe one day I’ll know what that’s like and it will change my perspective on things, but until then I’m afraid I’m going to have to remain cynical about the whole thing.
Perhaps what the world needs is a new Awards show. A bold, uncompromising assesment of our industry that isn’t impressed by flash-in-the-pans or not stepping on toes. Maybe called… The Gutsys? Guts-ners? The Gut-litzer?
We’ll work on the title.
Today’s page comes to us from Josh F’ing Adams:
When asked what he wanted to do when he grew up, french fry chef at McDonald’s, was his only answer, however New York born artist, Josh Adams has set his heights even higher in his burgeoning career and rightfully should, being in the shadow of his father, living legend, Neal Adams. Trained by many of the industry’s top talent, Adams has taken his illustration skills and racked up credits on titles such as Doctor Who (IDW Publishing), House of Mystery (DC Entertainment), Neal Adams’ Batman Odyssey (DC Entertainment), Blood (DarkHorse) as well as the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic (Marvel) and countless hit projects for the Syfy Channel including Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Being Human, Eureka, Ghost Hunters and work for MTV and the WWE. Adams is currently working on Batman (DC Entertainment) and Blood (DarkHorse) as well as the creator owned projects STRAIN, Culture Shock!, and In the Garden of Steven: the tale of Adam, Eve & Steve. Josh Adams can also be found writing his column What Would Josh Do? for Rich Johnston’s BleedingCool.com. Josh still one day aspires to learn the secret art of cooking french fries the Mickey D’s way.
Enjoy new comics day, my friends! Batman #0! AvX #11! It’s a good week!
See you back here Friday,