The Barney for Child’s Play
Welcome back to another action-packed installment of our seasonal awards ceremony! Today we bring you a dangerous double-header of comic book adventure, graphic novel villainy, manga-level spectacle, and babies!
Our first bout is in the Best Use of Imaginary Friends category!
In the BOOM! Studios corner, weighing in at 97 pages, is Imagine Agents! Every child has an imaginary friend called a ‘figment’, but what happens to those figments when their child grows up? Some turn bitter, seeking a reason for their abandonment; others become depressed or unruly, requiring the Imagine Agents to keep them in line. But some still want to help…
Our nominee is the pink jelly-ball buddy Blounder! Even after his human child forgets him, he willingly risks jelly-life and jelly-limb to aid her — and all of humanity — against a powerful rogue figment bent on merging the figments with their children to overwrite them and become real!
Meanwhile, in the … other BOOM! Studios corner, weighing in at 160 pages, is Six-Gun Gorilla! In space, no one can hear you scream…unless there’s a live camera pointed at you! Humans have tried for decades to tame and colonize the lawless planet of Blister, but its current state of civil war has provided an unexpected dividend in the form of reality TV: real conflict, real death, all filmed by condemned criminals sent into this unruly otherworld! Until one of the condemned happens to film military secrets…
Our nominee is the titular Six-Gun Gorilla! Appearing from the desert to rescue our hapless protagonist, he must be the product of a dying man’s fevered imagination — but if so, why can all the viewers see him on camera?
In a rock-’em-sock-’em fight, it could go either way: jelly against bullets, expansion against muscular strength.
But we’re just human here. When does a six-gun toting gorilla win? Any time it wants.
On to our second bout! This time, it’s the….