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Nick Mag’s first Comics Awards


Nickelodeon Magazine has announced the nominees for its first ever Comics Awards. Now through Dec. 31, kids can vote online at http://www.nickmag.com/comicsawards or by mailing in the Nick Magazine Comics Awards ballot available in the December 2008 issue or at select comic retailers and children’s libraries.  Winners will be announced in Nick Magazine’s April 2009 issue and online at http://www.nickmag.com

The nominees are:

Favorite Graphic Novel:
The Arrival by Shaun Tan;
Baby Mouse (series) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm;
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith;
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney;
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick;
Naruto (series) by Masashi Kishimoto.

Favorite Comic Book Series:
Archie comics;
Batman comics;
Simpsons comics;
Spider–Man comics;
Star Wars comics.

Cutest Comic Character:
Bartleby (from Bone series);
Snoopy (from Peanuts);
Super Diaper Baby (from Super Diaper Baby);
Manny (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid series).

Favorite Comic Strip:
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson;
FoxTrot by Bill Amend;
Garfield by Jim Davis;
Mutts by Patrick McDonnell;
Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

Best Hair in Comics:
Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes);
Kakashi Hatake (from Naruto);
Storm (from X–Men comics);
Veronica (from Archie comics).

Favorite Manga Series:
Best of Pokémon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka and Mato;
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya;
Kingdom Hearts II by Shiro Amano;
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto;
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda.

Grossest Thing in Comics:
Captain Underpants’ underpants (from Captain Underpants series);
The Cheese (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid series);
Venom’s tongue (from Spider–Man comics);
Wolverine’s back hair (from X–Men and Wolverine comics).

Favorite Fantasy Graphic Novel:
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi,
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith;
Redwall the Graphic Novel by Brian Jacques, Stuart Moore and Brett Blevins;
Warriors (manga series) by Erin Hunter; and various,
W.I.T.C.H. (series).

A couple of comments on the list. Firstly, it’s always a good reminder of how timeless kids’ entertainment is that there’s a nomination for Calvin and Hobbes here when that strip hasn’t been produced in 13 years, but lives on through timeless trade paperbacks.

Also, it is high time that SOME comics awards mentioned Wolverine’s back hair, and the Eisners, Wizards, and Harveys should all be ashamed that they didn’t get there first.

  1. I am considering calling for a boycott on the account of Storm being nominated for best hair and not Rogue. I mean, c’mon, Storm’s hair isn’t that interesting!

  2. Can they be more random? I love Calvin and Hobbes, but it doesn’t deserve to be on this list. If anything gibe it an honorary award as such. Same goes for Bone. (Funny enough, I first read it in competing magazine Disney Adventures. I believe Heidi here was responsible for that.) And.. Garfield? Really? At least Fox Trot’s still doing new Sunday strips.

    I know, it’s Nickelodeon Magazine, which somehow has been shorted to Nick Mag since I read it back in the day. (Wow. Are our attention spans that bad now?) Ugh. A million other nitpicks. The comic book series listing is just so damn generic. Batman? Star Wars? Archie? Those aren’t series, they’re general franchises.

    And yeah, that dig against people and ethnicities with back hair did feel pretty insulting. Bad enough Hugh Jackman’s so hairless in the movies. Stupid sexy Hugh Jackman.

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