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Couldn’t Tell You Before, But Now I Can

Congrats to Matthew Inman, Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins, and Jon Rosenberg as the first-ever nominees in the Online Comic division of the NCS Awards.

I’m actually kind of limited in how much it would be appropriate for me to say about this topic, since I was involved in the screening process for comics that were then passed to a jury, which determined the three nominees for voting. It’s not possible for committees of this sort to do their work in public so I won’t be talking about any of the discussions we had, except to say that the committee’s unanimous belief was that we should put the best work forward, and when we had doubts as to whether or not a candidate met the (admittedly imperfect) criteria, we passed them along.

With any luck, next year’s award will be better, and the year after that, until the distinction between media is gone and work competes solely on its merits. Like I said back in January, Perfect is the enemy of done, and changes of this magnitude will always happen incrementally. I’m proud to have been part of the first effort to overcome the inertia and get the metaphorical ball rolling.

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No footnotes Gary? I’m surprised. Congratulations on being on a voting committee.

Yeah, congratulations, Gary. You got to be a big shot for a weekend and all you had to do was help the NCS reduce us to our W-9 forms.

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