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Now accepting nominations for THE CGS "BEST OF 2018" AWARDS! (Deadline: February 10!)

As we stand on the cusp of a promising new year in comics, the time is right to reflect back on the best and brightest our hobby had to offer in the year just past--and, with a little help from YOU, our wise and discerning CGSthetes, that's exactly what we of Comic Geek Speak are about to do--in "awards-show" form!

If you'd like to make your voice heard in our podcast's annual "Best Of" honors, here's the list of the categories in which we're seeking listener nominees:

BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018)
BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018)
BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018)
BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018)
BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT
BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT
BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series)
BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT
BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018)
BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION)
BEST WRITER
BEST ARTIST
BEST WRITER/ARTIST
BEST COLOR ARTIST
BEST LETTERER
BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018

To participate, submit your ballot via e-mail to [email protected] by 11:59 pm (EST), Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Please make a nomination in AT LEAST EIGHT of the above-listed categories, and select only ONE nominee per category!

If you'd like to share your list of nominees publicly, please feel free to do it here in this thread, but be aware that posting such lists here DOES NOT COUNT as voting; you must submit your ballot via e-mail for it to be counted as part of the official listeners' nomination process!

Thanks in advance for your input, everyone! If you have any questions, send me a PM or just ask 'em here.

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  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 6,642
    edited February 2019
    Here's my list so far. I'll fill it out over the next few days, but I have a few I don't even have to think about.

    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018): Moth (The Highest House)

    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018): Cthu-Louise (Black Hammer)
    Maybe not a true villain in the traditional sense, but the best I could come up with.

    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018): Black Badge

    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018): The Highest House

    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT: The Highest House #1

    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT: The ending of Paper Girls #25

    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series):

    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT: The Highest House

    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018): Saga

    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION): The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen

    BEST WRITER: Mike Carey (The Highest House)

    BEST ARTIST: David Rubín (Ether: Copper Golems, Rumble, Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil)

    BEST WRITER/ARTIST: Jeff Lemire (Royal City)

    BEST COLOR ARTIST: Matt Wilson (Paper Girls, The Wicked + the Devine)

    BEST LETTERER: Todd Klein (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, Black Hammer: Age of Doom)

    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018: Kelly Thompson
    She’s been slowly building her resumé the past three or four years, but this year she really expanded her presence in the marketplace with some higher profile books.
  • BryanBryan Posts: 180
    edited February 2019
    Still a few I'm deciding on, and I reserve the right to change my mind up until I send the official e-mail ballot.

    My plan of using the reading threads to refresh my memory on all the things I read this year worked perfectly.


    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018) - Trinary (X-Men Red)
    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018) - Topaz (Domino)
    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018) - Highest House
    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018) - Kill or be Killed
    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT - Swamp Thing Winter Special
    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT
    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series)
    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT - Hot Lunch Special
    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018) - Gideon Falls
    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION) - The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn against the Devils in Suits
    BEST WRITER - Ed Brubaker (Kill or be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies)
    BEST ARTIST - Andrea Sorrentino (Gideon Falls)
    BEST WRITER/ARTIST - Gabriel Rodriguez (Sword of Ages)
    BEST COLOR ARTIST - Elizabeth Breitweiser (Kill or be Killed, Batman, Outcast)
    BEST LETTERER - Joe Sabino (Rumble, Analog, ASM, etc)
    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018 - Tom Taylor (X-Men Red, Batman Annual #3, All New Wolverine, etc)
  • BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018) - Dead Rabbit (Dragonflyman was a close second)

    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018) - Citizen

    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018) - Strangers in Paradise XXV

    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018) - MCMLXXV (Britannia was a close second)

    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT - Super Sons / Dynomutt Special

    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT - End of The Lodger #1

    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series) - Aftermaths, Astro City 50-52

    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT - Wrong Earth

    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018) - Kill or Be Killed

    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION) - Absolute Sandman Overture

    BEST WRITER - Ed Brubaker

    BEST ARTIST - Jamal Igle

    BEST WRITER/ARTIST - Stan Sakai

    BEST COLOR ARTIST - Trish Mulvihill

    BEST LETTERER - Jared K. Fletcher

    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018 - Bryan Edward Hill (I strongly considered Donny Cates and Vita Ayala for this, too, but since Bryan made advances in both comics and comics TV (Titans), I chose him.)
  • mphilmphil Posts: 448
    Going to do mine this weekend, but before that wanted to plead with fellow geeks to please consider The Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing for Best New Comic. Buy the vol 1 on digital if you haven't already done so.
  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 6,642
    mphil said:

    Going to do mine this weekend, but before that wanted to plead with fellow geeks to please consider The Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing for Best New Comic. Buy the vol 1 on digital if you haven't already done so.

    I read the first issue when it came out. Nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't for me.
  • Here's what I sent:

    This year, my choices tend to be a bit more “Independent”. Mostly due to the status of both the Marvel and DC Universes. I lament that DC has simultaneously paid lip service to their history, but then completely ignored it for the purposes of their publishing over the course of the past few years. I love the idea of the 52 Earths, but without regularly seeing the goodness that we saw so briefly during Multiversity/Convergence (e.g., their Thunderworld/Shazam! books with the Shazam!/Marvel Family and their Legion & Titans books, as well - some real good stuff that could've been expounded upon. The current "Shazam!" version need not apply). I am, however, warming up to the Marvel Universe again, since they're bringing back the FF and have continued to bring the funny in their West Coast Avengers and Squirrel Girl books. On to the fun part:

    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018)
    * I'll speak up when something as great as Invincible or The Unstoppable Wasp comes up again.

    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018)
    *

    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018)

    THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP, which counts only because they re-started the series recently. Great book!

    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018)

    INVINCIBLE, hands down. Since it ended, this is now a limited series (although, an extremely long one). This series was such a watershed in so many ways and I can't begin to express how wonderful it was to find myself feeling refreshed and excited over a brand-new superhero series as I reached my 40s. One of the best comics series of all time.

    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT

    USAGI YOJIMBO: THE HIDDEN #7 - while I knew this was the ending that was coming, it was great to enjoy the ride toward it and the last book was as good as the first. Stan Sakai always turns in excellent work.

    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT
    MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #12 - The Wizard Returns (an alternate title so I don't give spoilers - I was sooooo glad to see this character again).

    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series)
    MAGE: THE HERO DENIED. Since you're not delineating that this needs to have concluded, I want to - once again - tout this excellent book.

    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT
    *

    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018)
    KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY is and has always been my choice in this category. While many of attempted to swipe its fresh ideas concerning living in a world with superheroes, Astro City continues to bring a fresh perspective to the medium. I am, however, saddened that I have no idea when his team may publish the first OGN version of this title.

    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION)
    BLACK HAMMER: THE EVENT

    BEST WRITER
    KURT BUSIEK, ASTRO CITY - 'nuff said.

    BEST ARTIST
    STAN SAKAI, USAGI YOJIMBO - same.

    BEST WRITER/ARTIST
    JIM STARLIN, if for no other reason than that one of the biggest films of the year was based entirely upon his work/creations. (For reference, he published not only his last Thanos book with Marvel, but also two books through Ominous Press, his self-publishing company, and even a Marvel print of Thanos fighting Captain Mar-Vell, Adam Warlock, the Thing, and the three main Avengers)

    BEST COLOR ARTIST
    **

    BEST LETTERER
    **

    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018
    *

    * If there was one that really impressed me, I'd remember it. Can't think of one.
    ** I can't pretend that I pay enough attention to really say who's who with enough accuracy to be fair in this category.

    Pax, harmonia,

    Brian G. Philbin
    Webmaster, MetropolisPlus.com
  • Here are my nominations:

    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018) – The Terrifics
    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018) – The Grim Knight (Batman)
    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018) – Heroes in Crisis
    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018)- Mister Miracle
    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT- Action Comics 1000
    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT- Return of the Fantastic Four
    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series) Batcat Relationship- (non) wedding issue
    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT- Skyward
    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018) Batman (Tom King)
    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION)
    BEST WRITER- Tom King
    BEST ARTIST- Mitch Gerads
    BEST WRITER/ARTIST- Jeff Lemire
    BEST COLOR ARTIST- Jordie Bellaire
    BEST LETTERER
    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018 – Eliot Rahal (Hot Lunch Special)
  • SharkJumperSharkJumper Posts: 204
    edited February 2019
    CGS 2018 BEST OF


    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018)
    The Terrifics (DC Comics)

    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018)
    The Venetian (The Magic Order/Image)

    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018)
    The Magic Order (Image)

    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018)
    Maestros (Image Comics)

    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT
    Action Comics #1000 (DC Comics)

    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT
    Return of the Fantastic Four

    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series)
    Promised Land (Captain America #701-704)

    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT
    Harland Buck: FreeSword (Weldon Studios)

    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018)
    ????

    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION)
    John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition (IDW)

    BEST WRITER
    Mark Waid (Captain America)

    BEST ARTIST
    Steve Skroce (Maestros/Image Comics)

    BEST WRITER/ARTIST
    Steve Skroce (Maestros/Image Comics)

    BEST COLOR ARTIST
    Dave Stewart (Maestros/Image Comics)

    BEST LETTERER
    Fonografiks (Maestros/Image Comics)

    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018
    Steve Skroce (Maestros)

  • My noms. So many other great books but narrowed it down to these.

    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018) - The Terrifics
    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018) - The Red Cloud - Action Comics
    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018) The Lone Ranger Vol 3 Mark Russell and Bob Q
    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018) - Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT - Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #37
    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT - Black Hammer Age of Doom #5
    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series) - Runaways - Best Friends Forever
    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT - Mars Attacks - Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer
    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018) - Black Hammer - Age of Doom
    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION) - Black Hammer Vol 1 Library Edition
    BEST WRITER - Tom King - Heroes in Crisis, Batman, Mister Miracle
    BEST ARTIST - Mitch Gerads
    BEST WRITER/ARTIST - Terry Moore - Strangers in Paradise XXV
    BEST COLOR ARTIST - Mathew Wilson - Paper Girls, The Wicked + the Devine, Runaways and Conan(Not eligible)
    BEST LETTERER - Chris Schweizer - Mars Attacks
    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018 - Bob Quinn (Lone Ranger & James Bond Origin)
  • David_DDavid_D Posts: 3,880
    Last call!

    5 and 1/2 hours to get in your nominations!
  • alienalalienal Posts: 508
    Just sent my nominations in, but I don't know if I made it or know with the time difference. Anyhoo...here's my list:
    BEST NEW HERO or HERO TEAM (debut in 2018) The new Freedom Fighters?
    BEST NEW VILLAIN or VILLAIN TEAM (debut in 2018) Robinson Goode (Red Cloud)
    BEST NEW COMIC (first issue shipped in 2018) Die! Die! Die!
    BEST LIMITED SERIES (last issue shipped in 2018) Lazarus X+66
    BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR ONE-SHOT Batman Annual #3
    BEST CLIFFHANGER/MOMENT End of Thor #8 (Panther and Okoye at Agent Solomon's door)
    BEST STORYLINE (within a series or across multiple series) FF getting back together (Marvel-Two-in-One and FF)
    BEST SLEEPER/SURPRISE HIT Skyward
    BEST ONGOING COMIC (need not have begun publication in 2018) Hawkman
    BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (OGN or COLLECTION) -------
    BEST WRITER- Jason Aaron (Avengers, Thor, etc)
    BEST ARTIST- Jimmy Cheung (Justice League_
    BEST WRITER/ARTIST - Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon)
    BEST COLOR ARTIST - Annalisa Leoni (Oblivion Song)
    BEST LETTERER - VC's Joe Caramagna (Amazing Spider-Man)
    BREAKTHROUGH TALENT OF 2018 - -------
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