Still Working On Eisners

I decided to delay my Eisners article because we’re still working out some of the details of the nominations. There’s a process of tiding up involved after the judges vote for who’s nominated, some of the vote tallies are recounted and found to be different than first thought so a few recounts are needed because there are ties.

So I will write that article soon. In the mean time I have to say 2009 was an outstanding year. A lot of great books I might never have known about but for being involved with this process. I recommend seeking out the books that are nominated if you haven’t heard of them. There are many more than didn’t even make the cut, alas.

People who bitch about not being nominated have no idea how hard it is to even get a nomination. I hope my next article on the subject will at least enlighten them a bit.

It was a great experience to be involved this year. I recommend it to anyone if you are asked. They usually pick a retailer, a professional, a reviewer, a librarian and some other related person. This year we had an academic, Craig Fischer, an associate professor of English at Appalachian State University, where he teaches courses on film and comics. Everyone was very fair minded and we were all very conscious of trying to give everyone a fair shot.

The list should go up in a few weeks, I imagine.

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  1. I imagine it’s something like being on a jury. My experiences on them have been illuminating. For the most part (with one notable exception) people really try to drop their personal feelings and biases and do an honest job. I was skeptical of the trial by jury process (having been at parties and imagining my fate being in the hands of twelve random people there) but, in an imperfect world, it’s not bad.
    I can well imagine the Eisner judges getting into that mental state of Doing Something Serious and being quite fair.

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