Well it’s award season. Everyone is quibbling about snubs and erroneous nominations. People are predicting winners and exhibiting their knowledge of the state of the arts. Frankly it is fun, but it can be nerve wrecking if you take it too seriously. There are even people arguing about which award is best. Is it the Oscars or the Golden Globes? Is it the Hugo or the Dragon? TO quote Linkin Park, “In the end it doesn’t even matter.” The true answer is that there is only one award that matters, the ‘what you personally like award’. That’s too long to put on a trophy (they charge by the letter.) so I shortened it to the Vernon Awards. Eligibility depends not on publication date but on when Vernon personally experienced the art. Categories will vary depending on mood and what I remember. (Also whether or not I do this next year depends on if I remember it exists.)
So here I present the 2017 Vernon Awards (which I won’t print trophies for unless the creator begs me.)
Best Book: Unforgettable by Eric James Stone
No one remembers this dude so he decided to be a super cool spy. If you can’t handle quantum mechanics = magic this one might not be for you. I think most people can accept the big lie for the sake of entertainment. Unforgettable does great work avoiding the little lies so it works.
Best Movie: The Little Prince
This movie is filled with so many things that make me happy. It is my soul made art. It is a Netflix exclusive in the U.S.
Best Youtube Video: Here Comes a Thought
I found myself ending every youtube session with this one. It is one of the few moments of peace to be found in this world. (I don’t really know much about the cartoon it came from.)
Best Lego Set: Super Heroes Super Hero Airport Battle 76051
You can’t beat Gi-Ant man. (Even if he does have a hard time not bending over. I need to figure out how to add some friction to his hip joints.)
Best MegaBloks set: TMNT Krang’s Rampage
Not only is this based on my childhood cartoon, but the turtles have metal shells and Krang is just perfect. (Young me likes this very much.)
Best Album: Strings of Determination
This is music from a game I haven’t played but the music is perfect for productivity.
Best TV series: Phineas and Ferb.
This show ended in 2015, but they didn’t post on Netflix til 2016 so it counts. P&F is the ultimate anthem for going out and doing things. Top notch writing and solid animation, plus beautiful music.
Best Skylander: Jingle Bells Chompy Mage.
Gotta love Chompy Mage, he cares only for the smallest and most defenseless of creatures. (Who are absolutely deadly in large numbers.) He has been one of the most entertaining boss battles in previous Skylanders games. Now he is Santa Claus.
Best Grumpy Cat Picture:
I’d say presented without comment, but this is a comment so . . .
Best Pokemon: Alolan Muk.
I named him Disco Stu. He is the anchor of my team in Sun.
Best Video Game: Splatoon
This is the only competetive online game I have ever been good enough at for it to be fun. (Unless there is a snow day for most of the US. Then I can’t even get off the spawn point without getting splatted.)
Best Worst Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/ayq41-UJ7Cg
I mean just look at this net!
Best Webcomic: Kiwi Blitz
This was a tough category and I think I graded the heavy hitters too harshly. But Blitz is a plucky comic that has kept going through all sorts of adversity. By that I mean the creator Mary Cagle has kept going on it even though she has had all sorts of other things going on. Most comics like this end as the creators find the need to do other things. Blitz is a labor of love and it shows.
Best Me: Vernon.
If there was another person eligible in this category I’d like to meet them.