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Monday, April 16, 2007
Hi, I'm James Sime. I have funny hair and wear lots of flashy suits and am the proprietor of what I humbly think is the world's most wonderful comic book store, Isotope - the comic book lounge. But did you know I'm also one of the five Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judges this year?
Since Friday, I've been locked in a palatial meeting room downtown San Diego bashing out 2006's best, back-to-backing days that didn't end until 5am with ones that begin again at 8am, and doing my part to ensure that this year's crop of nominations truly represent the diverse and ever-expanding world of comics and graphic novels. Hey, this is the comic industry's Academy Awards we're talking about, what good is it unless it's reflecting the very best of the best?
I gotta tell you, going into this weekend I was a bit worried that one or two of the other judges would stick in the mud and we'd end up seeing a year of vanilla and the same-old same-old like we've seen once or twice before. Boy was I wrong!
My fellow judges Jeff VanderMeer, Whitney Matheson, Chris Reilly, and Robin Brenner were a dream come true and I knew right from the first day that I was going to really, really have a good time spending three days talking comics with them. And what's more... that Eisner nomination list was going to be damn good.
And of course we can't tell you who was selected for what just yet, but I will say our noms will indeed be "bringing the awesome" and our group has a couple of real firsts in Eisner Award history that are going to knock some socks off. It was a pretty intense weekend that even included a horrific emergency visit to San Diego's "bowery" emergency room where Steven Segal movies are played in the waiting room (don't worry, I took pictures). No one died, but it definitely got pretty not so funny for a bit there.
But I can say that in my fellow judges I found some really great folks who have incredible taste in comics, and some real kindred spirits I think I'm going to have as friends for years to come. Oh, how cheesy, I miss them already!
And now that my six-hours-of-sleep-do-not-a-three-day-weekend-make is finally over...
UPDATE: A post-sleep edit for a bit of de-rambleization and to acknowledge Bill Reed for putting the pressure on with the quote "James Sime. I trust him to BRING THE AWESOME."
Labels: Eisner Awards