Narcoleptic Dogs Press, in association with just about every single imprint on RACC, is pleased to present... o o o o o o o o o o o o The 1999 o o o (6th Annual) o o o o o rACCIE AWARDS o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o THE 1999 REC.ARTS.COMICS.CREATIVE AWARDS! (aka Granny Feldenmeyer's Fudge, for those of you crazy enough to vote for it last year) Now, here's your host, the one man who can guarantee he doesn't win a damn thing this year, the Wild and Wooly BADGER! Hi, Y'all. Nice to see you all again. In the past, Jeff McCoskey was the chap in charge of the RACCIES, and he did a great job of writing these spiffy little intros that had characterization and plotting and so forth. In fact, he did such a good job that I'm not going to try and copy him. Instead, I'm just going to tell you who won, and talk a little bit about who won the RACCIES this year and how the voting was different than in past years. So here we go. Part The First - The Voting This year was different for a lot of reasons. The first difference was apparently that bitching and grousing to you people apparently brings in the votes...I had something on the order of eighty ballots in my email@example.com box when I finally downloaded them in early March. From talking to Jeff and Dave Van Domelen, I gather that to be a big increase. I have no idea who most of your people are, but I'm glad you felt the need to vote, and I hope you stick around. The second difference was in my way of tabulating the votes. Unlike Jeff, I didn't have a neat script for counting the votes. Instead, I did it with a pen and some paper. This is why it took me so long to get the results finished. Well, that and my desperate quest to find a new place to live. (Does anybody out there need a large mustelid for a roommate? I'm housebroken.) The third difference is a policy difference. Due to the volume of votes, and the fact that certain people (allright, just me) aren't eligible to vote or win, I thought I'd expand the nominee section up to five people. (I could have actually expanded it up to ten, but why go nuts?) There would have been a lot of ties for second and third place if we gave awards for those, but we don't. (However, if two nominees tied for second or third or what have you, I listed them both in the nominees list. It seemed fair. This is why there are seven people in the Favorite Author section.) Also, a lot of you wasted votes by voting for me. I wouldn't have won anything anyway but you could have voted for somebody else and had your votes count. A couple of people who nearly won were sunk that way. I accepted votes for non-nominees in some cases where I thought it was warranted (specifically for the monkey in RACC 11, because almost nobody nominated any monkeys) because I was in charge and it seemed fair to me. Part The Second - The Results The part of the voting process that fascinates me is the tabulation, because you get a real sense of what people were reading this year. So far, I've come to the following conclusions: 1) ASH had a very good year. 2) Guttertrash did so as well. 3) The LNH is strong again this year, with a lot of near-wins and a cohesive voting block. Those lurkers put you guys in contention a lot. 4) It doesn't matter how much they write...the same three or four names are *always* near the top of the Favorite Author list. 5) Jennifer Whitson is someone to watch for next year. 6) I'm gonna have to start reading Misfits. 7) Jeff McCoskey had it rough this year, and people heard about it. Sorry about Russian Roulette, Jeff. 8) Omega's late-year posting blitz wasn't enough to counteract ASH's whole year of solid stories. Well, those are just a few of my opinions, anyway. So here they are, already, and this year I've gone in reverse order and posted it from RACC 1 to RACC 14, mainly because that's usually the way I scan for them anyway. So congratulations to the nominees, the winners, and to A. Khosla...heh heh heh. Have fun with your albatross, dude. Matt Rossi RACC 1 - Nominees, Favorite Author Jennifer Whitson Marc Singer Dave Van Domelen A. Khosla Jaelle Ihimaera-Smiler Peter Milan Tony Pi Winner - A. Khosla RACC 2 - Nominees, Favorite Continuing Series Misfits Guttertrash STRAFE Writer's Block Woman and Mouse Teens in Trenchcoats Scions Winner - Guttertrash RACC 3 - Favorite LS - Winner: This Shining Sea RACC 4 - Nominees, Favorite Story Arc Writer's Block Woman and Mouse 33-35, "Where in the net is Carmen SanFrancisco?" Misfits 26 - 32, "Crows" Warden 13 -15, "Change is Good" Conclave of Super Villains 8 - 12, "LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!" STRAFE 6-12, "The Slow Burn" & "Bonfire of the Vanities" Winner - STRAFE 6 - 12 RACC 5 - Nominees, Favorite Single Issue Warden Annual #1 - Alienation Guttertrash #18 - A Journal of the Hidden World Guttertrash #22 - How can you tell the dancer from the dance? Guttertrash #23 - Bad Road, Wretched Road Omega Nights Voyeur #Y2K Scions #10 - One Gallant Rush Winner - Guttertrash #18 RACC 6 - Nominees, Favorite Comedy Writers Block Woman and Mouse Easily Discovered Man Teens in Trenchcoats Tales of the LNH Limp Asparagus Lad Winner - Writer's Block Woman and Mouse RACC 7 - Nominees, Favorite Acrophobe Guttertrash Omega Nights Warden Alt.Riders Conclave of Super-Villains Misfits Winner - Warden RACC 8 - Nominees, Favorite Review Series An A. Khosla joint Shots in the Dark Winner - An A. Khosla joint RACC 9 - Nominees, Favorite Universe ASH NTB LNH Omega Winner - ASH RACC 10 - Nominees, Favorite Net Personality Russ Allbery Dave Van Domelen Rob Rogers Jamas Enright Jesus Winner - Russ Allbery RACC 11 - Nominees, Favorite Thread/Flamewar/Monkey Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp Titano Bear (From B.J. and the) I have never started a flamewar...I was just detecting irony No, you can't use Crazy Guy in Birth of a Villain. Winner - I have never started a flamewar...I was just detecting irony. RACC 12 - Favorite Running Gag in a walk, Now that's a MAN'S what-have-you! RACC 13 - Nominees, Favorite New Writer George D. Phillies Chris Kerr Winner - Chris Kerr RACC 14 - Nominees, Favorite New Title 2413 This Shining Sea Winner - 2413 The 'Rasputin better not be the only russian that's hard to kill' award goes to Jeff McCoskey, whose Hard-Drive cheated us all out of his exemplary KULAKS story this year.