Comics that make use of the THIRD DIMENSION (oo, ah) or appear to.
Best Action Comic:
Chase scenes, fights, big explosions; CRASH POW ZOOM -- you know the stuff
Best Abstract/Random Comic:
Now for something completely different. Comics that march to the
beat of their own drum, may have varied subject matter or mismatched
Best Adventure Comic:
Quests, missions, explorations, and/or other dangerous or exciting ventures.
Best Adult-oriented Comic:
A-rated comics. XXX No one under 18 admitted! Live nudes! Or excessive violence. Or both!
Best All Ages Comic:
Child-friendly comics that the whole family can enjoy.
Best Anthropomorphic Comic:
They act like people and think like people, but they look like foxes or dolphins or toasters.
**Best Community Project:
Comics and projects that bring together a variety of DD members for
massive synergy! (DD Awards are not eligible, for giving ourselves an
award would create a paradox vortex from which there is no escape.)
Best Fantasy Comic:
Magical, mythical, mystical, marvelous. Comics set in fantastical
settings, involving magic or mythical creatures, abilities, or beings.
**Best Horror Comic:
The dark, scary, and twisted. Monsters, psychological thrillers, and
ax-wielding psychos all have their place among these wonderfully
**Best Humor Comic:
Gags, jokes, lols, roflmaos, and such. Format and subject matter aren't important. It just has to make you laugh.
**Best Manga Style Comic:
Comics inspired by the artistic style and conventions of Japanese cartooning.
Crime drama, police, mobsters, mysteries, hard-boiled detectives, and/or meddling kids.
Comics that use the characters, worlds, or creations of other creators. It's not copyright infringement! It's an homage!
Best Philosophical/Political Comic:
Make-you-think comics that address deep topics from the spiritual and philosophical to the cultural or political.
Best Photo Comic:
Smile! You're on Comic Camera!
Best Pixel/Sprite/Stock Image Comic:
These comics take existing (or created) sprites/images and assemble them in different ways to create new strips/pages.
**Best Romance Comic:
Girl/boy, boy/boy, girl/girl, girl/girl/boy, man/alien, or whatever.
It's all about LOVE! Love love love love love love love love. Maybe
some hate too, and some other things, but romantic relationship(s) take
Best Sci-fi Comic:
A form of speculative fiction so named because the fantastical
elements are rooted in or explained by actual or fictional scientific
Best Stick Figure or Simplified Art Comic:
Best Slice-of-life/Autobiographical Comic:
Autobiographical comics as well as fictional comics that revolve
around the struggles and triumphs of everyday life. Sitcoms and/or
Best Superhero Comic:
Too super for other categories.
**Most Deliciously Offensive:
These f&%#@ comics might p^@(# you the f*^^@* off.
Best Background Art:
The background, setting, environment, and surroundings. Including architecture, scenery, furniture, vehicles, etc.
Best Character Design:
The artistic design of the characters. This includes anatomy, facial
expressions, and clothing (but not speech, mannerisms, or
Best Comic Layouts:
The components of visual storytelling that harmonize the artwork
into a page and direct flow and pacing. Includes panel shape and
position, placement of speech balloons, lettering, and general
It's all about what they say and how they say it.
Best Plot Development:
The overall story composition and pacing, and the use of storytelling elements.
Best Use of Color:
Creative and technical mastery of color to create mood and interest.
**Best Use of B&W:
Best use of black and white techniques, such as cross-hatching, contrast, and screen-tones.
Most Improved Art:
The comic that shows the most artistic improvement between July 2010 and now.
Best Good Guy/Girl:
These are the characters who do good things or at least try. Typically, these are the main or central characters, whether they are saving the world or just resisting the urge to cheat on a test.
Best Bad Guy/Girl:
Opposes the good guy -- or opposes good things and noble actions in general, usually a rival or villain. Doesn't necesarily have to be evil incarnate, but these guys and gals are good at being bad.
Best Supporting Character:
A noteworthy secondary character; can be good, bad, or other.
A memorable pairing of chums, lovers, associates, partners, or
co-conspirators. Whether Scarlett and Rhett or Batman and Robin, it's
the relationship between them that counts!
The user whom you know is always smiling whistling and just being oh so nice.
It's that guy/girl that always makes you lol or chuckle. You can't wait to read his/her hilarious posts or comments or comics.
**Most Helpful User:
The user is willing to lend a hand, the one you can count on.
**Most Supportive Reader:
Maybe they leave the most comments or the most insightful ones, or
they draw wonderful fanart, or they are always available to discuss your
script ideas or send you cards when you're on hiatus.
**Most Dedicated Creator:
That creator who seems to be a page-making machine, every day on
time -- or maybe the one who has been at it forever and has a thousand
pages of the most amazing quality -- or the one who is updating five
different regular comics on a schedule. Whatever they are doing, they
sure are DEDICATED.
**Most Promising Newcomer:
This kid just showed up out of the blue this year, and (s)he's already making the rest of us look bad!
**Most Awesomest Admin or Moderator:
Because they are awesome. They put up with the rest of us crazy ducks in the pond.
THE BIG ONES
Best Completed Comic:
Comics that were concluded sometime between July 2010 and now. (Indefinite hiatus doesn't count.)
Best Overall Comic Strip:
Best webcomic with stand-alone updates or short, unrelated story arcs, usually in a horizontal or vertical strip format.
Best Overall Story Comic:
Best webcomic that tells a continuous story, usually in full page format.
I think there is call this year to "trim the fat." I will start with saying that though the user awards are fun and a good idea, it is not very fun when the same person wins all the awards because of their rabid fans. So we either need to rethink how these are done or cut them entirely once again.
So I open up the field for discussion... what should stay what should go?
Changing Good/Bad Guy/Girl back to Protagonist/Antagonist.
What awards to cut?