While everyone is putting together their best of list for 2018, we want to do something a little different with the return of our Awesome Awards. There are many, many comics we loved this year, and you’ll get to read about those, but the comic industry isn’t just about the comics we read. There have been lots of moments that make us smile, and just as many—maybe more—moments that hurt our brains and hearts. Here are the nominees for the WWAC Awesome (and not so Awesome) Awards!
We’ll be announcing our winners early in the new year, as voted on by our esteemed Patreon patrons and our WWAC Team.
Worst Editorial Decision
Every company is allowed to make bad decisions. Sometimes those decisions had good intentions, but things just didn’t work out as expected. Sometimes those decisions make you go [white guy blinking.gif] (hurray for Marvel helping us plan our 2020 awards already!) Other times, those decisions are deliberate actions that call every aspect of a company’s accountability and integrity into question.
The Continuing Adventures of Akira Yoshida
Tom King in General
Hello, My Name is Ric Grayson
Firing Chuck Wendig for Being Chuck Wendig
BatCat (Non) Wedding
Colossus/Kitty (Non) Wedding
Heavy Vinyl: The Comic Formerly Known as HiFi Fight Club
Maybe We Should Bring Back John Byrne
Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Fined for Child Porn Possession, but Rurouni Kenshin Continues
Whether across social media or in blogs and forums, there is always an issue affecting the comics industry—whether it’s one that is constantly being rehashed or something entirely new. Often, emotions are high when these issues raise their ugly heads, but those visceral reactions are just as important a part of the discussion as the more focused pieces.
Least Problematic Industry Darling
Who’s out there NOT fighting with their readers on Twitter? What man out in the world is trying his best to be as non-controversial as possible? Here are men who manage to not constantly say infuriating shit.
Look, we’re pretty queer here at WWAC, and we’re rooting for comics to get as gay as possible. That means we’re gonna celebrate every good gay character we can, even if it’s an autobio comic (especially if?). Make the Yuletide etc.
America Chavez (West Coast Avengers, Marvel)
Nagata Kabi (My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1, Seven Seas)
Bobby Drake (X-Men, Marvel)
Lola (Motor Crush, Image)
Marceline & Bubblegum (Adventure Time, BOOM)
Mae (Aquicorn Cove, Oni Press)
Best Actually Worth-it Variant Cover
Variant covers have a long history that didn’t initially involve enticing collectors. Now even eBay offers exclusive variants, tapping into those sweet collector’s item dollars. But which variant covers are so damn cool that they are actually worth the extra cash?
Bitter Root #1 (All of them)
Superman #1 (Mack Variant)
Dream Daddy #1 (Anka Variant)
Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 (Putri Variant)
Livewire #1 (UV Black Light Variant)
— Sanford Greene wears a MASK (@sanfordgreene) November 5, 2018
Most Mediocre White Man with the Most Comics Released in 2018
The comics landscape is filled with many, many talented creators—some already making a name for themselves while others are striving hard to be heard. Many of those creators are from marginalized groups whose voices bring dynamic new perspectives to the characters and stories we know. These creators may have entirely new stories to tell, strengthening the comic industry with the diversity of what each and every one of them brings to the table. And yet, despite the existence of so much talent, we keep seeing the same names making the rounds …
Brian Michael Bendis
Most Forgettable Event
Sometimes a comics event shakes the very foundations of the universe, changing the way we look at beloved or hated characters and their world. Other times … *yawn* *eye roll* *yawn*
“No Surrender” (Marvel)
“Typhoid Fever” (Marvel)
“Heroes in Crisis” (DC)
“Doomsday Clock” (DC)
Best Webcomic We’ve all Been Reading Since Forever Ago
The internet is forever, and so are webcomics. At least SOME webcomics. I’m an ancient husk and these are some old school faves along with some newer ones.
Best Webcomic You’ve Added to Your Rotation
But just because we have old favorites doesn’t mean there aren’t new and amazing webcomics that come out literally every day. So here’s some comics we’ve started clicking on with regularity (you should try it sometime!)
Best Monthly/Serial Book That Actually Gives Us Hope for the Future
Sometimes we read a comic or read about something going on in the industry that makes us want to throw the whole damn thing in the trash. Thankfully, there are still many comics that alleviate our anger and despair and remind us that comics aren’t so bad after all.
Dream Daddy (Oni Press)
Secret Weapons Supplementals (Valiant)
Moth & Whisper (Aftershock)
Quincredible (Lion Forge)
The Unstoppable Wasp (Marvel)
Best Graphic Novel That Actually Gives Us Hope For the Future
And then there are graphic novels that are just so wonderful that they fill our hearts with so much joy and leave us certain the world can and will be a better place. Someday.
The Hidden Witch (Molly Knox Ostertag)
The Prince and the Dressmaker (Jen Wang)
Crush (Svetlana Chmakova)
Eternity Girl (Young Animal/DC)
Best Series That Doesn’t Exist
What are your favorite dream books? Has an artist or writer or rando posted something that spurs the imagination? What book do you wish you could buy, but it exists only in the ephemera of dreams?
Tomb Raider/Wonder Woman
Kris Anka’s X-Men
Soft-Masc Sexual Bloodshot
Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) Solo
Soft Finn/Poe Witches (Little Corvus fanart)
A Fashion Comic, Featuring Swimsuit Issues
Hot Young Man Logan
Most Surprising Fave Comic
There are so many terrible comics in the world that it’s often completely surprising when we manage to discover something enjoyable, fun, and downright good on the shelves. What’s your absolute favorite series that you were sure would be decidedly mediocre? Which unexpected issue sneaked its way into your pull box and your heart?
Edge of Spider-geddon (Marvel)
Marvel Two-in-One (Marvel)
These Savage Shores (Vault)
Best Lovably Mundane Zine Topic
Okay, we all love zines about witches, but what about zines that cover the more practical issues in life, like where the hell are you gonna put all these enamel pins you just got?
Best Indie Comics Curation
Best Anthro Book
Embrace your inner fursona with these extremely powerful books featuring funny animals … some of whom also murder.