Hugo Category Highlight: Best Graphic Story
Best Graphic Story A science fiction or fantasy story told in graphic form, such as a comic book, graphic novel, or webcomic.
This one is nice and simple as a category. The problem here is the spoiled for choice issue. There are so many good options. This is one of the reasons I’ve largely not added much to the list in any categories.
Seriously, how do you pick the best from this lot? There’s the consistently brilliant:
- Schlock Mercenary
- Girl Genius (I gather the creators have more or less permanently withdrawn themselves from consideration so someone else can win it, they’re that good)
The intermittently wonderful:
- Sluggy Freelance (Sluggy depends a lot on which plot arc you’re dealing with – and honestly, I don’t think any of the 2015 arcs were particularly outstanding. I still haven’t recovered from the magnificence that was the Dimension of Pain invasion of the Dimension of Lame.)
- Evil Inc (although I’m not a fan of any of the 2015 arcs)
The moments of genius:
- Doc Rat (often descends into really bad puns but then there are arcs that are just… brilliant)
- Earthsong (which has a unique concept and has so far pulled out several twists I didn’t see coming)
- The Zombie Hunters (again, has had a number of very good arcs including at least one in 2015)
And that’s just a short list from some of the webcomics I follow. It doesn’t touch manga or comic books or graphic novels or… Yeah. There’s a ton of it out there, a huge collection of it independent or non-traditional. I also didn’t mention the utterly weird but often brilliant webcomics I follow because most of those are the kind of thing you either fall for or loathe on sight.
I’m sure for the Retros there are some classic DC, Marvel, Disney and other comics that would hit the eligibility period (and probably even more that are pure unadulterated crappy propaganda. I have standards damn it. If I’m going to be fed propaganda, I want good propaganda. Well-written, with messages that don’t smack me around the head but creep in under the skin. How hard is… Oh, nevermind.)
If you haven’t already, or if you have and have more to add, drop your recommendations in here
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