View Full Version : Best Graphic Novel of All Time Polls - Rules and Info

04-20-2009, 08:43 PM
Welcome to the voting information thread for
The Comic Tower’s
Best Graphic Novel of All Time, or BGNoAT.

Before we begin with the voting, please read the following rules, regulations, and general spouting off at the mouth. We'll be putting the actual voting poll threads up soon, so please read through the info below.

In total, there were 44 titles nominated and entered into the voting.

We would like to thank everyone who nominated titles. They are: SiqTauGimp, pookie, flaggwalkstheline, DoctorDodge, LadyHitchhiker, Brice, Arthur Heath, oy-the-brave, Seymour Glass, razz, turtlex, Matt, Aaron, Kidd Ikarus, Sam, soylentjillian, The Lady of Shadows, feverishparade, Heather19, The Cosmic Geek, sarajean, Mad Man, Darkthoughts and Ari Racing.

All the members listed above (with the exception of Sam, turtlex, Matt and Aaron) will be entered into the Graphic Novel Giveaway! Drawing to be made after we crown our winner.

RULES and stuff ...

There will be four rounds of voting, count 'em, FOUR.

The First Round consists of the 44 nominees having been randomly distributed into 4 Brackets of 9 titles and 1 Bracket of 8 titles (44 don’t divide 5 times too well). Each member will have ONE vote per bracket, so vote for your favorite title in each Bracket. The top 4 vote getters of each bracket will advance into Round 2.

In the event of a tie for fourth place, there will be a tie breaking vote held between the titles tied for that position.

In the event that none of the titles get voted on, I will hunt each one of you down and personally beat you to death with a wet lasagna noodle.

For The Second Round the remaining titles will be randomly distributed into 5 Brackets of 4 titles each. Once again each member will get one vote per bracket, so vote for your favorite title. The top 2 of each bracket will advance to the Final Round. In the event of a tie, there will be a tie breaking vote held between the tying titles. Remember to vote though or I’ll have to get the water boiling for the noodle.

The Third Round will be more of the same, but the 5 randomly distributed Brackets will have only 2 titles per Bracket. You should again vote for your favorite. The winner of each Bracket will advance to the Final Round. Don’t forget my lasagna noodle. Vote.

Round Four, or the Final Round, will be different from the previous rounds. In this round each title will go head-to-head against each of the other remaining titles. The winning title will gain one point. After all of the head-to-head contests are over, the winner will be the title with the most points.

In the event of a tie, we (turtlex and I) will refer back to the contest between the tying titles. The winning title of that voting will be declared the winner. (example: Sam and Max and From Hell are tied for First Place with 4 points each at the end of the final round. The head-to-head vote between Sam and Max and From Hell had Sam and Max getting the most votes and thus Sam and Max won that contest. This means that since Sam and Max had already been deemed the favorite between the two tied titles, it would be declared the winner of the whole thing and the Comic Tower's BGNOAT.

And now… Get Ready... We'll be publishing the Round One bracket list soon, followed by the actual polls!

Use this thread to ask questions and make comments and generally question our math skills. If you'd prefer - feel free to PM either myself or turtlex.

04-21-2009, 10:13 AM
Okay Comic-Fans ... I present to you :

FYI : I used "The Hat: Version 2.3" to randomly group/pick the brackets.

Backets :
44 Noms Total :
4 brackets of 9
1 bracket of 8

BRACKET 1 : ( 9 noms )
1. Batman: Dark Victory by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale

2. A History of Violence by John Wagner

3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

4. Watchmen by Alan Moore

5. Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson

6. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth by Grant Morrision

7. 300 by Frank Miller

8. Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis

9. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale

BRACKET 2 : ( 9 noms )
10. X-Men : The Messiah Complex by Ed Brubaker, Mike Carey, Peter David, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost

11. Invisibles: The Invisible Kingdom by Grant Morrison

12. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

13. Kingdom Come by Mark Waid

14. Fables: Homelands by Bill Willingham

15. X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, and Peter David

16. Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot

17. Hewligan's Haircut by Jamie Hewlett

18. Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

BRACKET 3 ( 9 noms )
19. Alias by Brian Michael Bendis

20. Ultimate Spiderman: Death Of A Goblin by Brian Michael Bendis

21. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

22. The Sandman: World's End by Neil Gaiman

23. Judge Dredd: America by John Wagner

24. The Maxx, Volume 6 by Sam Kieth

25. The Invisibles : Say You Want A Revolution by Grant Morrison

26. The Dark Tower: Treachery by Robin Furth and Peter David

27. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont

BRACKET 4 ( 9 noms )
28. Frank Miller's Robocop by Frank Miller and Juan Jose Ryp

29. Brodie's Law: Project Jameson by Daley Osiyemi

30. From Hell by Alan Moore

31. Sam & Max Surfing The Highway by Steve Purcell

32. Preacher: Alamo by Garth Ennis

33. Johnny The Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez

34. Maus by Art Spiegelman

35. The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman

36. X-Men: X-tinction Agenda by Chris Claremont

BRACKET 5 ( 8 noms )
37. Megatokyo Volume 3 by Fred Gallagher

38. The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Robin Furth and Peter David

39. Tank Girl by Alan Martin

40. Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez

41. The Crow by James O'Barr

42. Blankets by Craig Thompson

43. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

44. Bone by Jeff Smith

I am working on the actual poll threads, but the above brackets should give you some time to think about your choices.

Remember, you'll only be able to choose one in each bracket.

04-21-2009, 10:34 AM
:lol: i'm so afraid of sam's wet noodle, i already know how i'm voting. :panic:

04-21-2009, 11:11 AM
This is going to be tough!

04-21-2009, 12:11 PM
Every brackets contains at least TWO that I would consider great reads.

Oh, the humanity!

04-21-2009, 02:57 PM
I think bracket one is gonna make someone cry.

04-21-2009, 03:00 PM
yeah, bracket one was the toughest.

it's like everything amazing all got lumped together. :lol: or :cry:

04-21-2009, 03:02 PM
Actually, bracket 4 is making me woozy.

Maus and X-tinction Agenda : Two of my all time favorite GNs. Ever.

04-21-2009, 03:53 PM
Yeah, I hate Bracket 2. Tale of One Bad Rat which my wife is screaming at me to vote for and Kingdom Come, one of my favorites.:panic:

Comics or nookie.:panic::panic:

04-21-2009, 04:02 PM
Um, Bracket 2 has V for Vendetta, dude.

ETA: And Bracket 5 is also busting my butt. ( love and rockets, crow, bone, and batman: TKJ )

04-21-2009, 04:23 PM
Yeah it does (have V For Vendetta), but I can't vote for a book I don't want to own. I can't get past the artwork of it. I've tried, but I can't. Besides, there can be only one **Highlander reference**, and I've gotta go with Kingdom or Bad Rat.

04-21-2009, 07:57 PM
Bracket 1 is so damn hard to choose.

04-21-2009, 07:58 PM
Bracket one is making me want to jump off a 2 story building.

04-21-2009, 08:03 PM
It was a truly random picking too. I figured you'd cry feev.

04-22-2009, 12:48 AM
:lol: Yeah, it's these kind of responses that lead me to believe we should post the ROUND ONE brackets a little early... give folks some time to stew on it. I don't think any bracket is a slam dunk for me.

04-24-2009, 12:36 PM
The first round polls are up!

They all start with BGNoAT so they'll be easy to find.

Vote Vote Vote !!

04-29-2009, 10:23 AM
We have several ties brewing y'all. Vote for your pick if you want it to continue on.

05-17-2009, 11:58 AM
Round Two polls have now been posted.

( Round One polls have been moved to the archive )

06-01-2009, 01:20 PM
ROUND THREE Graphic Novels

Moving forward into Round 3 are:
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
300 by Frank Miller
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Robin Furth and Peter David
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont
The Crow by James O'Barr
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Maus by Art Spiegelman

Brackets for ROUND THREE - as chosen by The Hat :

Bracket One
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Bracket Two
300 by Frank Miller
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Bracket Three
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid

Bracket Four
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Robin Furth and Peter David

Bracket Five
The Crow by James O'Barr
Watchmen by Alan Moore

Polls going up very soon.

06-19-2009, 05:37 PM
The FINAL ROUND POLLS are now up!!

Please take some time and pick your favorites!!!

Once we've chosen the BGNoAT - we'll draw the winner from all your entries for the graphic novel prizes!!!

06-21-2009, 11:36 AM
This really fell apart for me. Now I'm kinda apathetic.

But here's an interesting factoid: I voted Watchmen over V. I voted V over Maus. But then I voted Maus over Watchmen.:panic:

06-21-2009, 04:47 PM
Wow dude. I'm really sorry to hear that it fell apart for you. I've enjoyed it even if the titles I truly love didn't make it through to the end. I have to say though that I'm not surprised for one moment about the titles that ARE in the finals.

Answer me this though, how could we have made it better/more fun?

06-21-2009, 05:41 PM
Well, the poll is probably the best representation of most people's opinions. It's just that all my absolute favorite stuff is Preacher or written by Grant Morrison. The remaining titles are, of course, excellent. I'm just being a whiner.:P

06-22-2009, 02:30 AM
SG - No, you're not whining, man. There are so many cool Graphic Novels out there, that was kind of the point of starting the polls in the first place. Honestly, with all the nominations, I have a cool list of GNs to get to when I have the time...

...and honestly, there's nothing whiney about liking Grant Morrison !!

06-22-2009, 08:48 AM
We should have a poll for best runs on an ongoing series.

06-22-2009, 06:33 PM
Interesting idea there dude. I've got to admit that this has been a lot of fun, but it has been some work too. I also know Pam has done the lion's share of the work with setting up the polls and all. I, for one, am tired and won't be doing something like this again for a little while.

I've enjoyed it a lot though.:)

07-05-2009, 03:26 AM
Wonderful Citizens of the Comic Tower - The voting is now complete on the Best Graphic Novels of All Time.

We will be publishing the winner very soon... and we'll also pick the winner of the Graphic Novel give-away.

I would personally like to thank everyone who participated, and a big shout-out to Sam for coming up with the idea!!

07-17-2009, 03:35 AM
Thanks again to everyone for participating. :grouphug:

I'm going to close this thread and move it to the archive.

03-11-2018, 10:58 AM
How is it that The Killing Joke did not make this list?