Hey everybody,

It's that time of year again.  No, I don't mean it's time to stuff your face with egg nog and candy canes.  It's time to reflect on the best comics of 2014.  Here's your chance to have your say.  Every member of Captain Comics' Comics Round Table is allowed to nominate up to 2 nominees per category.  You don't have to fill all your nomination slots or nominate someone in every category.  Just do the ones you feel like doing.  And if you're not a member yet and just hanging around?  No problem.  You can become a member and submit nominations, no waiting period necessary.  I'll probably keep the nomination thread open for two weeks which means the ballot threads should start appearing around Jan. 3.  But, you know, if I get bored and the nominations slow up, I could always start a day or two early.  Without further ado, have at it in the following categories.

Best Writer

Best Artist

Most Underrated Writer

Most Underrated Artist

Best Self-Contained Story (Single Issue or One-Shot)

Best Story Arc

Best Limited Series

Best Ongoing Series

Best New Title

Most Underrated Title

Best Original Graphic Novel

Best Web Comic

Best Reprint or Archive

Best Male Character

Best Female Character

Best Villain

Best New Character

Best Supporting Character

Best Team

Biggest Surprise

Best Cover

Best Single Panel or Splash Page

Best Fight Scene

Best Character Recovery

Best Superhero/Comic Book Story in Another Media

Best Comic Book Adaptation

RIP Award (for Fictional Characters)

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Hey gang, it's doubtful that I'll get around to posting the ballot threads today so everyone gets an unexpected extension. Keep those nominations coming in (I'm looking at you Doc Beechler) and I'll try to work up some of my own as well.

Most Underrated Writer - Kyle Higgins (Nightwing)

Best Story Arc - Welcome to Humano Global (Astrocity 2+3) 

Most Underrated Title - Nightwing

Best Character Recovery - Red Lanterns

Best Ongoing Series - Astrocity

Best Writer - Charles Soule

Biggest Surprise - LOSH are on Earth 2

Oh, Border Mutt -- that's a great surprise, yeah!

Here's the rest of my nominations:

Best Self-Contained Story (Single Issue or One-Shot)

Best New Character- Anna Maria Marconi (Superior Spider-man)

Best Team- Superior Foes of Spider-man

Best Cover- Superior Spider-man #9

cover from marvel wiki.

Best Fight Scene- Peter Parker vs Doctor Octopus Superior Spider-man #9

Jason Marconnet (Pint sized mod) said:

I'll get this started. I'm not entirely caught up with my reading, yet. I'll nominate the ones I'm sure of and I'll fill in the blanks later.

Best Writer- Mark Waid (Daredevil), Dan Slott (Superior Spider-man)

Best Artist- Greg Cappullo (Batman), Nick Dragotta (East of West)

Most Underrated Writer- Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun)

Most Underrated Artist- Brian Hurtt (Sixth Gun)

Best Self-Contained Story (Single Issue or One-Shot)

Best Story Arc- Infinity, Zero Year (Batman)

Best Ongoing Series- Superior Spider-man, Daredevil

Best New Title- Velvet, East of West

Best Web Comic- The Private Eye

Best Male Character- Otto Octavius

Best Female Character- Princess Leia (Star Wars), Velvet Templeton (Velvet)

Best Villain- Thanos

Best Supporting Character- Foggy Nelson

Best Character Recovery- Otto Octavius

Best Superhero/Comic Book Story in Another Media- Iron Man 3, The Wolverine

Best Comic Book Adaptation- Star Wars by Brian Wood

That's it for now more to come.

Yes.  Yes, it should. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Hey, I just noticed... shouldn't the title and first post reference the year 2013?

Here's what I have so far for my nominations.  I still want to think of a couple for best single panel. 

Best Writer: Jason Aaron, Brian K. Vaughan

Best Artist: Nick Dragotta, Fiona Staples

Most Underrated Writer: Stephen Mooney, Robert Venditti

Most Underrated Artist: Nick Dragotta, Jan Duursema

Best Self-Contained Story (Single Issue or One-Shot): American Vampire Anthology #1, Hawkeye #7 (Hurricane Sandy story)  

Best Story Arc: “Planet Death” (X-O Manowar #9-14), “The Hellfire Saga” (Wolverine & the X-Men #30-35) 

Best Limited Series: Half Past Danger, The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror

Best Ongoing Series: Daredevil, Saga

Best New Title: East of West, Superior Spider-Man

Most Underrated Title: Lazarus, X-O Manowar

Best Reprint or Archive: Nexus Omnibus Vol. 3

Best Male Character: Death (East of West), X-O Manowar

Best Female Character: Alana (Saga), Forever Carlyle (Lazarus) 

Best Villain: Prince Robot (Saga), The Vine (X-O Manowar)

Best New Character: Anna Maria Marconi (Superior Spider-Man), Forever Carlyle (Lazarus) 

Best Supporting Character: Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Anna Maria Marconi (Superior Spider-Man)

Best Team: Future Foundation, X-Men

Biggest Surprise (in-story): Rupert Giles is resurrected as an adolescent boy; the deaths of Rogue and the Scarlet Witch (Uncanny Avengers #14)

Best Cover: Lazarus #3, Saga #10

Best Fight Scene: Invincible vs. Dinosaurus (Invincible #99), Forever vs. Joacquim (Lazarus #4)  

Best Character Recovery: Rupert Giles, Otto Octavius

Best Superhero Story in Another Media: Thor: The Dark World (film)

Best Comic Book Adaptation from Another Media: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine

RIP Award (for fictional characters): Peter Parker

Can Amazing Spider-man 700.1-5 count as a miniseries? ASM is not exactly an ongoing any more and these issues didn't particularly tie into anything currently going on.

You could nominate it as a story arc but even with he unusual numbering it's not technically a miniseries.

Jason Marconnet (Pint sized mod) said:

Can Amazing Spider-man 700.1-5 count as a miniseries? ASM is not exactly an ongoing any more and these issues didn't particularly tie into anything currently going on.

BEST COVER: All Crime Comics No. 2 ... A best cover nomination ... by Bruce Timm.

I"m adding a few nominations:

Thunder Agents Classics as best reprint/archive

and The Walking Dead as best comic book in another media since no one else has

and finally Amazing Spider-Man #700 as best single issue (in place of my Hawkeye nod) since it came out on Dec. 26 last year which was too late for the 2012 nominations

Also, I had to make a few administrative calls. 

I added 'Tom Strong' and 'The Wake to 'best limited series' as they were nominated for 'most underrated' and 'best new title' respectively. 

Finally, I disregarded the nomination of Hawkeye for best character recovery since he won best character in 2012.  The recovery therefore happened last year, not this year. 

Jeff of Earth-J should be happy that I didn't reject any of his suggestions this year. 

One more: I also disallowed Darwyn Cooke as best artist since he didn't have new work come out this year. 

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