Spike TV today released the nominees for their annual Scream Awards — actually, it looks like they’ve dropped the word “Awards” from the official name, so just the annual, um, “Scream” — and there’s four comic book categories among them. As the above picture indicates, the nominees are definitely random diverse.
Yes, it’s an award show where Asterios Polyp and Blackest Night can be vying for the same accolade, best comic book or graphic novel. The disparity between “quiet, thoughtful indie graphic novel” and “massive company-wide crossover” would be one thing, but these awards are purportedly meant to honor sci-fi, fantasy and horror, which makes the inclusion of Asterios — with no Black Lanterns in sight — even more conspicuous, despite the universal critical acclaim.
Other than nods for the Iron Man 2 film and a writing award for Jason Aaron (the site lists Scalped before his Marvel work), there’s not much notice for Marvel — lots of love for Image and DC, though. (Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca’s Invincible Iron Man isn’t Scream-y enough, apparently?) But this is probably entirely too much thought for a show that gives an award for “Most Memorable Mutilation.” Save from the puzzling Marvel snub, these are actually pretty solid lists. And the nominees are:
Best Comic Book or Graphic Novel:
Parker: The Hunter
The Walking Dead
Best Comic Book Writer:
Best Comic Book Artist:
JH Williams III
Best Comic Book Movie:
Iron Man 2