28-DEC-2011 Each year, the CGS (Comic Geek Speak) podcast gathers nominations and then votes on a “Best of” list just like many podcasts. This year, I sent in some indie-heavy nominations. *Note: I have nothing to do with establishing the categories.*

Below is how I submitted the nominations to the guys at CGS. I have a couple qualifiers in there because several of the books I read this year and enjoyed, were small self-published enterprises. I’ve also added some nominations below that I didn’t include in my email to CGS because they are asking for only one nomination. I’m torn on several categories so I’m writing in a couple “tied for best” here.

BEST NEW HERO OR TEAM (debut in 2011)

* The protagonist known as “Ghost” in DEAD MAN’S PARTY by Jeff Marsick/Scott Barnett  (self published)

VIC BOONE by Shawn Aldridge (writer) and Geoffo (artist) from @215ink

BEST NEW VILLAIN OR TEAM (debut in 2011)

* “Bone,” new villain of Catwoman

BEST NEW COMIC (#1 shipped in 2011)

* DEAD MAN’S PARTY #1 by Jeff Marsick (writer) and Scott Barnett (artist) (self published)

* VIC BOONE by Shawn Aldridge (writer) and Geoffo (artist) from @215ink

BEST LIMITED SERIES (that finished in 2011)

* SWEETS by Kody Chamberlain

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONESHOT (usually under 80 pages)

* CATWOMAN #1

BEST CLIFFHANGER OR MOMENT

* Barbara Gordon out of her wheelchair (maybe not “best” but certainly most talked about that didn’t involve sex), BATGIRL #1

BEST STORYLINE WITHIN A SERIES OR MULTIPLE SERIES

* Mark & Abby become home owners in LOVE AND CAPES by Thom Zahler (IDW)

BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT

* PRINCELESS by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin from ActionLab

BEST ONGOING COMIC (doesn’t have to start in 2011)

TINY TITANS by Art Balthazar and Franco (DC)

BEST REPRINT COLLECTION (trade, hardcover, Absolute, Omnibus, Essential, Showcase, etc.)

* NIGHTMARE WORLD volume 3 by Dirk Manning from Image Comics

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

PSYCHIATRIC TALES volume 1 by Darryl Cunningham

BEST PUBLICATION ABOUT COMICS (Print)

* PREVIEWS CATALOG

BEST WRITER 

* Judd Winnick (CATWOMAN)

BEST ARTIST 

* Geoffo (VIC BOONE series from 215ink), yes he is only known as “Geoffo,” no last name.

BEST WRITER/ARTIST (individual that does both)

* Brian Smith (THE INTREPID ESCAPEGOAT from Th3rdWorld Studios)

BEST INKER

* I have not found that any of the comics/collections I’ve read this year have individual inkers! It’s a dying breed. Many artists ink their own work these days.

BEST COLOR ARTIST

* Carlos Lopez (GREEN HORNET: YEAR ONE)

BEST LETTERER

* Carlos M. Mangual (BIRDS OF PREY)

BEST EDITOR

Rachel Gluckstern (CATWOMAN)

BEST COVER ARTIST

* Francesco Francavilla

BREAKOUT TALENT OF 2011 (doesn’t have to have their first work in 2011)

* Jeff Marsick (writer) and Scott Barnett (artist) for DEAD MAN’S PARTY self published

* Shawn Aldridge (writer) and Geoffo (artist) for VIC BOONE by @215ink

* Paul Allor (writer) with various artists for CLOCKWORK by @govtcomics

BEST COMIC PROJECT IN ANOTHER MEDIUM (movie, TV, toys, novels, etc.)

* Captain America: The First Avenger movie

MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF 2011

* Womanthology breaks Kickstarter records

MOST ANTICIPATED FOR 2012

* CGS Supershow 2012 Can we include that as “news?”

* The next Darwyn Cooke adaptation of Richard Starker’s PARKER series

BEST REVAMP/REVISION/RE-IMAGINING OF AN EXISTING CHARACTER OR CONCEPT (done in 2011)

BIRDS OF PREY (DC)

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