That’s interesting. Looking through the call for submissions for the upcoming round of Eisner Awards, I think a category is missing:

“The tentative categories include best single issue, best short story, best continuing comic book series (at least two issues must have been published in 2007), best limited comic book series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2007), best new series, best title aimed at a younger audience, best humor publication, best anthology, best graphic album–new material, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best archival collection, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best comics journalism periodical or website, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion. The cover letter should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address.”

That would be “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan.” The release does say that the list is tentative, so maybe it will be added back in later. And last year was the first year for the category, I think.

Update: In the comments, writer Tina Anderson notes that the category is listed on the application, and past judges chime in to explain the flexibility of the process.

6 Responses to Curious

  1. Eva says:

    Oh, don’t you worry. I’m on it!

  2. gynocrat says:

    Well David, I’m still waiting for the backlash. You know, the yaoi backlash, the one that should be happening because everyone is waiting for it–why isn’t happening?; j/k On the sheet I have here, it does say ‘Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan’ listed as a category accepting entries. So it is on the application. ^_^

  3. As someone who has been through the process back in early 2002…

    Essentially, each category being on the final ballot is at the discretion of the judges during their weekend-long meeting and hammering out of the ballot. So if the judges feel that there is enough strong material that it warrants its own category, there’ll be one. But if not, they can choose to fold it back into the main category.

    (It’s how things like the Humor subcategory and the All-Ages subcategory first began, and why some years have categories for merchandising and publications about comics while others do not. It all depends on the five judges and what they go through that weekend.)

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    I suspected the process might be flexible, but it’s good to have it confirmed.

    Okay, who wants a 2009 debut in the pool for “Best Print Edition of Material Originally Published on the Web”?

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    And yes, Tina, the great yaoi-bition is coming. I’ve got my canned goods and bottled water in the cellar.

  6. RobinB says:

    Well, I see that everyone’s already answered, but yes, I will confirm what Greg said. Last year was the first year the judging committee established the category, and if the current round of judges (like Eva) think it’s worth keeping the category, they will. I can’t imagine that they won’t, although I wouldn’t want to speak for them, of course!

    And, that category you mentioned, is already really there — it’s just in the best graphic album, reprint category. Although I could see the arguments for figuring out a way to get more webcomics in the running.

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