- Criteria. Instead of concentrating on creating/subdividing categories, more attention should perhaps be paid to definitions, so people have a better understanding of what they're supposed to be voting for in each category. I'd suggest each category on the voting form could be accompanied by a brief one line summary of the criteria that are meant to be taken into account. For those actively involved in putting the awards together, it's sometimes easy to forget that very few of the voters will have read these forum discussions. (Hard to believe, I know!)
This is soooo important. I agree.
Lettering. I disagree with usedbooks (which is very unusual in itself - we tend to think alike on most things!) When lettering is done well, I think it usually goes unnoticed. It's only when it's done badly that it gets attention! Anyway, that aside, this was only introduced last year because someone suggested it in the forum discussions (a perfect example of why suggestions for new categories should be treated with caution!) If there were very few nominees last year, this is exactly the kind of category that should be dropped in order to streamline things.
I agree and disagree. I think the lettering category should be dropped, but I agree that it's important. But that's why we should include it under "Best Comic Layout" and say on the ballot that that category includes lettering.
"Best Couple/Duo" It's a good category, and I'll fight ya for it! Wanna throw down? Come on! Readers like character chemistry. Period. Character awards are inherently hard to judge regardless. They are not so unlike user awards really. But the other categories are judge-able. I think this one is even more so. A lot of things can go into judging a relationship,the chemistry a pair have with each other and the entertainment value of the pairing (whether one of emotional affect or of comedy). You can punish my suggestion by making me a judge for it and I can see how hard it is. XD
I agree to keep it too! Out of all the "new" categories, I like this one the most! :D
This is mixing terminology again, but what about Best Protagonist and Best Villain? It's pretty much the same as "lead character and villain" but it is a little different, imo, and might work in practice (better than what we had before and what was suggested already?).
I don't know how I feel about that, mainly because "Protagonist" is one of those terms that should really only appear when it's opposite (obviously "antagonist" ) does. It's just weird if "Protagonist" is there by itself. :/
And as for the user awards, I don't mind whether they're present or not. I don't think they're necessary, but people really enjoy them.
This is going to be good.
I agree! :D