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Should there be a category for Best Non-English Language Webcomic?
Yes, if it can be successfully pulled off.
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No.
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 38%  [ 14 ]
Total Votes : 36

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Category: Best Non-English Comic Reply with quote

Edit:

Poll added. It will be closed again next Sunday evening.

If the Yes votes win, it will mean that this category will stay in the running right up until the nomination stage. If the committee can make it work, then it will go forward. If the committee hasn't got a working model on how to run it then it won't.

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This thread is just for discussing if there should be a Best Non-English Language category and the practicalities of including it in the awards.

I will open a poll based on the options suggested in this thread on Sunday 2nd August between 9 and 10pm GMT and close it around the same time on Sunday 9th August.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should have this. The question is: is it workable? Who judges it? If you have a French comic versus a German comic versus an Icelandic comic, do we need a panel of judges who speak all of those languages in order to get a fair opinion? Do we exclude the Hungarian comic because we couldn't find any Hungarian speakers?

I really want to see this award go ahead. There are just practical issues that need to be looked at.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dooky wrote:
We should have this. The question is: is it workable? Who judges it? If you have a French comic versus a German comic versus an Icelandic comic, do we need a panel of judges who speak all of those languages in order to get a fair opinion? Do we exclude the Hungarian comic because we couldn't find any Hungarian speakers?

I really want to see this award go ahead. There are just practical issues that need to be looked at.


Yeah, you'd need a jury of tetralingual people. Your nomination stage would also be heavily biased towards the French comic (130 million speakers worldwide) over the Icelandic comic (less than half a million)

The only way it could work is if the comics are translated into one language (probably english), in which case they can compete in the regular competition.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a category for Bilingual comics then? (thereīs a thread for those in here so it seems to be considered as "actual term" and apparently there are some of those around too) Or Translated comic? It takes a time and effort to get translations somehow working right and still they are rarely able to fully compete with those written originally in English by a skilled native speaker to be honest, no matter how clever and fluent the original gibberish (as my foreign pals say) might be - and more complex the original dialogue, more tricky the translation process is. What might be the problem here, with bilinguals thrown into regular category with native English nominees, most likely things will go pretty automatically Anglo-Saxon as usually (again, no offense good Lads and Ladies) because of the translation issue, some cultural oddities (in case itīs not Japanese Smile) and so on.

On the other hand, English is English, translated or not and Spot is a dog. But just thought to point out a thing or two about the subject.

I havenīt seen any Icelandic webcomics yet (I guess) but definitely would take a look with great expectations!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bilingual might be a more workable idea. We'd have to add the condition that it's not an English-language comic that's later been translated into other languages (Girly, for example, is available in a few languages but nominating it would be against the spirit of the award).
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I havenīt seen any Icelandic webcomics yet (I guess) but definitely would take a look with great expectations!

Neither have I... This comic claims to have an Icelandic version, but I don't think it's currently available online. I can show you a Hungarian comic, though - Sziluett. I've no idea what's going on in it, but they've linked to me for ages so I like to return the favour whenever possible.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, Hungary... We are distantly "related" with them which may not show on the written text but one can hear it in speech. Unfortunately, (other than Estonian which is kind of more melodic and happily-tuned old Finnish influenced by some other languages and some sudden -and it has to be said- often rather amusing-sounding words added) itīs after all too distand to be actually understood. However, it sounds beautiful, in my ears at least. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be possible if you get a judge panel who all speak different languages and one language in common, and then can debate fairly and honestly amongst themselves the qualities of nominees, each representing to the other judges the comics in the languages they speak. Or read.

Unless we are confident in our judges, though, I don't think we can do it. We can hope maybe the different countries can step up to honour their own?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've often been accused of being a non-English comic...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, me too!




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:
It might be possible if you get a judge panel who all speak different languages and one language in common, and then can debate fairly and honestly amongst themselves the qualities of nominees, each representing to the other judges the comics in the languages they speak. Or read.

Unless we are confident in our judges, though, I don't think we can do it. We can hope maybe the different countries can step up to honour their own?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been thinking about this category a lot, trying to put together what I feel would be the most workable method of running it. I realise that it may require judges who can read (different to speaking) the language in question well enough to understand the humour, but that's not necessarily the case. In fact, if it came to that I don't think the category would be at all workable.

Instead, I think for the category to work, there need to be some translated strips to work with. My initial thoughts were that anyone nominating a comic in this category could send a text file with translations for a few strips (probably five at the most) along with the nomination. This puts a higher burden on people nominating comics in this category compared to other categories but it puts all the strips on a level playing field, judgment-wise and means the judges do not need to understand the language in question in order to judge the comic. It opens the category up to a much wider audience, since we would no longer be dependent on the language skills of the judges (and thus the issue of French and Spanish comics having an advantage).

Alternatively, the category could be made open only to comics with English translations available. This narrows the playing field considerably but it also reduces the burden on the nominator while keeping the playing field level with regard to the judges. I know some people have argued that comics with English translations could just be nominated with all the native English comics but I don't believe that's fair. If English is your second language, your translations will likely not be up to the standard of a native English speaker's writing. You'll miss out on the nuances of the language, because that's part and parcel of not being a native speaker.

I know this from living with foreigners while at university. They had been in the country for years and spoke English fluently, but there would still be phrases or ways of saying things that would draw blank looks from them, resulting in me having to explain some quirk of the language that they had not come across before. This is before I even introduced them to the wonders of my half-Geordie, half-Pitmatic dialect, too (oh, that was a fun day).

Given this lack of native familiarity with the intricacies of English, I don't believe it would be fair to expect a foreign language comic to compete amongst the native English comics. Whatever the mechanism chosen, I feel it is important that we recognise the achievements of non-English comics.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bumping this thread to save it from the clutches of the dreaded guest account.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just working out all the options for Sunday's polls and so far it seems the only one we have for this category would be a yes/no option. A yes result would keep this category live right up until nomination time and, if by then the committee have a workable way of doing it, it will be added to the full award list, but until we have details worked out it won't be fully confirmed.

Is this okay with everybody?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like the best way to go ahead right now.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The poll is now active.
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