Welcome to the Comics Should Be Good 2022 Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists poll!
Welcome to our annual Top 100 survey! This year, you’re voting for your favorite comic book stories of all time! It’s time to vote for your ten favorite comic book writers and artists of all time!
The first writers/artists poll was in 2006 (I did it on the CBR forums), then the next ones followed in 2010, 2014, and 2018 on the main site. And here we are again! The first of the top 100 polls to reach FIVE! When you do them every four years, hitting FIVE is pretty damn amazing, you know?
Here’s the deal. You can vote until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on September 30. I will tally all the votes and start a countdown of winners from early October!
It sounds good ?
Okay, here are the instructions!
1. Vote by sending your ballot to me at [email protected] Put in your topic title something like “The best writers and artists vote”. It doesn’t have to be such precise wording, but something along those lines (but really, you might as well use this wording. Just copy and paste it, you know?) . Just so I know your email is your ballot for sorting purposes.
2. You are going to vote for twenty people in total here. Your ten favorite comic book authors AND your ten favorite comic book artists. Vote TEN each – less than ten writers and ten artists and I’m not counting your vote. If you don’t know ten comic book authors and/or artists, you might want to wait for the next poll. Maybe check out the winners of this one for ideas of what work to check out.
3. Rank your ten favorite comic book writers and artists from #1 (your favorite) to #10 (your 10th favorite). I’d rather you actually number your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count.
Here is a template you can use as a guide. You can just copy and paste it into your email (please vote in the body of the email itself. I usually get around a thousand ballots for these things so anything that needs some work extra for me, like putting the votes in an attachment or something, that’s fine, you know, extra work for me, so I’d rather the counting be as simple as possible, because just copy-pasting it and then the counting itself is a lot, you know?):
TOP TEN COMIC WRITERS AND ARTISTS
4. Your first choice will receive 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.
5. This is for writers and artists who have worked primarily in comics and graphic novels, not comic books. Vote accordingly. There are many amazing comic creators out there, but this is primarily a comic book website, so it wouldn’t be just for comic book artists (you would have, like, Charles Schulz #48 or something like that, and it would be ridiculous, so it’s best to stick to comic book creators only). Manga authors and artists are eligible to vote. They appeared on our latest lists. I can’t promise they’ll make this current list and I know they probably won’t be as high as they “should” be, and if you want to avoid them for the same basic theory as me excluding comic creators, and therefore not wanting an iconic creator to be less than they should be because most people don’t vote for Manga creators, so that’s good enough. It’s your decision. Let your conscience be your guide.
6. Vote for ten artists and ten writers. You must have ten writers and ten artists that you like! Less than ten artists and ten writers and I won’t count your ballot.
seven. I understand it’s hard to categorize some creators like Chris Ware who both write and draw, but just try to do your best. So if you really like Ware, for example, feel free to put it #1 on both lists.
8. Vote for ten artists and ten writers. Less than ten artists and ten writers and I won’t count your ballot.
9. Plotters count as writers. So if you’re just a fan of Keith Giffen’s storylines, feel free to vote for him as a writer. If you want to vote for Jack Kirby conspiracies or Steve Ditko conspiracies, go ahead. Drawing a comic is obviously writing a comic, so Jack Kirby absolutely authored the classic Fantastic Four stories he did with Stan Lee. Of course, feel free to vote for Stan Lee.
ten. Teams are boring, but I think I’m going to tell you to separate them unless they ONLY worked as a team. So Giffen and DeMatteis don’t count as a vote. I know it’s hard to separate them if you like their JLI work, but do your best. If that means having a #1 ranked and a #2 ranked on your roster, then so be it. Even with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Or Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Or Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It’s hard, but I trust you.
11. I will make various other decisions in the interests of fairness. If you have any questions and/or requests for clarification, please feel free to email your question to me (try to clarify the topic that this is a question and not a bulletin upvote, so I’ll answer it) and add additional clarification here for anything that’s bothering people.
Above all, have fun!
Vote now! 🙂