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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Friday, August 11, 2006

On Notice Report

Today's TOT is being written on the run. Some family matters and pressing deadlines on paying work are my immediate priorities, and will remain so into next week. Just to make things even more insane in TOT-Land, our wondrous web-wizard Justin is also dealing with some personal matters and pressing deadlines.

Fear not, my faithful ones. We're not abandoning you. I'll be writing three columns - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - for next week. After that, Justin and I hope to resume TOT's Monday through Friday schedule. Fingers crossed.

We do have a few items for you today, but, before we get into them, let me give you the URL for what is quickly becoming one of the most fun things on the Internet:

www.shipbrook.com/onnotice

That's where you'll find YOU'RE ON NOTICE! It's "The Stephen Colbert 'On Notice Board' Generator" and it's what I used to create our opening illustration. I learned about it from my friend Julio Diaz, who posted his own version of the board on the official TONY ISABELLA MESSAGE BOARD:

www.comicscommunity.com/boards/tony

Please feel welcome to post your own "on notice" boards on my message board or, if you prefer, send them to me at:



If you e-mail your "on notice" board to me, be sure to let me know if I can use it in a future edition of TOT. I always like to share funny stuff with my readers.

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CORRECTIONS

Brave and Bold 66

Reading Wednesday's TOT, my decades-long friend GAFF caught me having a major brain fart moment. He writes:

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #68 with "Alias The Bat-Hulk" has interior art by Mike Sekowsky & Mike Esposito, same as in #66's team-up of Rex and the Metal Men. The cover on #68 is Sekowsky and Joe Giella, and the cover on #66 is Ramona Fradon inked by Esposito. Even though METAMORPHO #16 only carries an art credit for Sal Trapani, Charlie Paris did ink that ish, as he had all the previous issues, including the B&B tryouts). Nelson Bridwell once told me B&B #66 was one of the best-selling non-Batman B&B team-ups ever!

TOT regrets the error and thanks Gaff for the correction. No one should ever feel shy about pointing out errors of fact to me. I'll do my very best to get the corrections into "print" as soon as possible.

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TONY POLLS

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Before this year's EISNER AWARDS winners were honored at San Diego's Comic-Con International, we asked you to vote on which of the nominees you would have chosen. We've covered all but a few of the award categories so far and you're "batting" 14-for-20. Let's see if that holds up.

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (NEW)

TOP TEN: THE FORTY-NINERS by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (DC/ABC) ...60.98%
TRICKED by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf)...12.20%
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY #16 by Chris Ware (Acme Novelty)...10.98%
WIMBLEDON GREEN by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)...9.76%
THE RABBI'S CAT by Joann Sfar (Pantheon).....6.10%

And the actual Eisner Award winner in this category was TOP TEN: THE FORTY-NINERS by Alan Moore and Gene Ha. The Tony Pollers are currently "hitting" 15-for-21.

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM (REPRINT)

BLACK HOLE by Charles Burns (Pantheon)...43.55%
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT TO SHAREHOLDERS by Chris Ware (Pantheon)...20.97%
ICE HAVEN by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)...16.13%
WAR'S END by Joe Sacco (Drawn & Quarterly)...16.13%
FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES by Robert Tinnell, Ed Piskor, and Alex Saviuk (Allegheny Image Factory)...3.23%

The Eisner Award went to BLACK HOLE by Charles Burns, making you 16-for-22.

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT (COMIC STRIPS)

THE COMPLETE CALVIN & HOBBES by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)...49.41%
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1955-1956, 1957-1958 by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)...32.94%
WALT AND SKEEZIX by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)...7.05%
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND: SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)...5.88%
KRAZY AND IGNATZ: THE KOMPLETE KAT KOMICS by George Herriman (Fantagraphics)...4.71%

The winner was THE COMPLETE CALVIN & HOBBES by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel). You're 17-for-23!

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT (COMIC BOOKS)

DC COMICS RARITIES ARCHIVES VOL. 1 (DC)...30.34%
ABSOLUTE WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)...24.72%
THE CONTRACT WITH GOD TRILOGY by Will Eisner (W.W. Norton)...19.10%
FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel) ...19.10%
BUDDHA VOL. 5-8 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)...6.74%

The Eisner winner was ABSOLUTE WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. You're now 17-for-24.

BEST U.S. EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL?

THE RABBI'S CAT by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)...35.56%
DUNGEON: THE EARLY YEARS VOL. 1 by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim and Christophe Blaine (NBM)...31.11%
CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL by Eiji Nonaka (ADV)...22.22%
SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY-SIX APPARITIONS OF KILLOFFER by Killoffer (Typocrat)...6.67%
ORDINARY VICTORIES by Manu Larcenet (NBM)...4.44%

The Eisner Award in this category went to THE RABBI'S CAT by Joann Sfar. You're 18-for-25.

BEST PENCILLER/INKER

John Cassaday...33.71%
Frank Quitely...24.72%
J. H. Williams III...20.22%
Gene Ha...15.73%
J. G. Jones...5.62%

And the actual Eisner Awards winner in this category was John Cassaday for Marvel's ASTONISHING X-MEN and WildStorm's PLANETARY. The Tony Polls voters are 19-for-26.

BEST PAINTER/MULTIMEDIA ARTIST (INTERIOR ART)

Kent Williams...36.51%
Ladronn...33.33%
Ben Templesmith...15.87%
Paul Guinan...14.29%

The Eisner Award went to Ladronn for HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY from Active Images. The Tony Pollers are 20-for-27; your choices were the winners 74% of the time.

Still coming: your votes for the four comics industry titans selected to join the Eisner Awards HALL OF FAME. I'll have those results for you on Monday.

Four TONY POLLS questions were posted this week. I'm asking if you see comics making the transition to movies, TV, and direct-to-DVD as a positive trend and also asking you to rate three recent examples of this:

SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC ATTACKS
MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND
STAN LEE'S WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO

The questions will remain active until sometime after midnight on Monday, August 14.

As always, you can cast your votes by going to:

www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony/poll

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back on Monday with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.

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ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.

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FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?

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FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.



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