cactuscomics asked: So Multiple Warheads is in Best American Comics 2014. Your short story from Dark Horse was in last year's. I know you aren't a huge fan of comics awards. How do you feel about being in these anthologies? Or how do you feel about these books calling themselves The Best American Comics? I'm interested to know your thoughts on this.
Yeah, awards are whatever. I don’t think I hate them I just don’t put much weight on them.
The main reason I let my stuff be in the best American books was just the excuse to be along side so many other creators whose work I liked. Plus I like the idea of it being a different spot for people to find my stuff in. I saw one in airport book store recently.
And yeahhh, the “best” title is dumb but I get that it’s the publisher basing the name off of a “best American short stories” book. It’s certainly wayyyy too subjective for my tastes. It is what it is.
The nerve to call anything “best” that isn’t this otter is outrageous.
The thing that really riles me about the Best American Comics series, something I don’t think you’ll find in Best American Short Stories or Best American Poetry, is that so often they just pull a slice out of a much larger work, like taking a chapter from a full novel. I get that comics can vary wildly in length and it would likely be unfair to exclude longer works, but if I’m going to buy a book called the Best American Comics, I would like it to be more than just teasers for other things I should buy.
Like, Sam Sharpe’s Viewotron #2 is a perfect fit. Much as I love Multiple Warheads and think it’s deserving of belonging in such an anthology, pulling something from Alphabet to Infinity and sticking it in the anthology feels kind of dickish. Here’s this awesome thing and if you want more go buy the trade!
Thus concludes my rant about Best American Comics that’s been brewing for a while now. Back to your regularly scheduled Otters.