March 25, 2009
The winners of the online, fan voted Rondo Awards were announced on Monday evening.
Among the honored, Tim Lucas was picked as Best Writer and his Video WatchBlog wins Best Blog, again and as deservedly as always, but with an extra poignancy this year as the award comes just as Lucas announced he was quitting his blog to concentrate his creative energy on new projects. I am enthusiastically looking forward to anything Mr. Lucas sets his formidable talents to, though I must say I already miss his WatchBlog posts and I want to thank him for being an inspiration to me.
Still in the Best Blog category, hell froze over and my friend Max, the hardest working twit in blogdom, scored First Runner Up for his boisterous Drunken Severed Head blog. Best as I can explain this, there was either a weird glitch in the voting procedures, or drug use among classic horror fans is more widespread than we thought. I am ecstatic over Max’ good showing, and congrats, too, to Stacie Ponder of Final Girl and Brian Solomon of The Vault of Horror for their honorable mentions.
Finally, from among all the awards in 29 categories, allow me to say Bravo to the ridiculously talented Mike Mignola, whose Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch won as Best Horror Comic, and to the Rue Morgue crew for winning Best Magazine. And a very special cheer goes out to Jim and Marian Clatterbaugh — publishers of the flat-out fabulous Monsters From The Vault magazine — for being voted into the hallowed Monster Kid Hall of Fame!
By the way, in a Frankenstein vein, the Rondo for Best Classic TV Collection went to The Munsters: The Complete Series.