'Rama Readers' Faves of '10 Tourney: ARTIST Semi-Finals

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J.H. Williams III looks like he may just be an unstoppable force in this tournament. With over 2900 votes just for him, he easily eclipsed the other 7 in the wider brackets. His output this year hasn't been super high, with prep work done for Batwoman's early 2011 launch, but it is still some truly "fan favorite" work.

Yanick Paquette joins the battle of the bats in the semi-finals, going up against Williams. His early work on Batman, Inc. has gained instant acclaim, and people sure seem ready to see him draw some more Batman.

Cameron Stewart makes 3 artists who made their living drawing batsymbols at some point this year in these semi-finals. While he often jokes that people say he's "too cartoony" (even naming his sketchbook for 2011 after that comment), fans clearly like it, bringing him into the top four. His experimental combined-art with Karl Kerschl on Assasin's Creed: The Fall has shown a new versatility in his style as well.

Francis Manapul's frenetic almost colored-pencil look to his art has found a perfect home in the speed and chaos of The Flash. With the oft-teased but never really talked about "Flashpoint" coming in 2011, The Flash is one important book for the DCU right now. He also joins Paquette and Stewart in hailing from the Great White North. Clearly, this is how Canada plans to take over the US: comic book art.

Now it's up to you to vote again.

Remember, you don’t have to be a registered Newsarama reader to participate. EVERYONE can help choose by picking one choice in each of the below brackets. Again, there are two of them in the Semi-finals, so keep going until you’ve voted in BOTH brackets. Voting for the Semi-finals will remain open for 1 week.

Newsarama Note: Full methodology for nomination is below the polls.

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10 Newsarama contributors submitted their lists for their personal Top 20 in each of the five categories. The results were tabulated using a weighted system that awarded an escalating number points according to how high the nominee appeared on the list - 20th place was worth 1 point, 19th place 2 points ... up to 20 points for 1st place.

The final nominee lists are the top 16 nominees with the highest point totals in each category.

Each bracket is seeded according to point total, with the highest vote-getter in each bracket moving onto the next round.

There will be 4 total rounds for each category (the “Sinister 16”, "Extremis 8", “Fantastic Four” and Finals) eventually resulting in one overall “Favorite of 2010” for each group.

Who are your top artists of the year?

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