Jan 11

Look the calendar. It’s 2021. I tried flipping the page to 2022 but that didn’t work. So instead of looking forward let’s look backward and reflect on our past glory.

On to the honours. Based on ratings, the recent “Swedish Megapost” is on top. But it is our judgement that it will need to stand the test of time longer than two weeks to claim top honours. Also some little prick in Paraguay has been screwing around with our stellar vote rating system. Somehow our election fraud complaints has drawn terrifying responses online. Therefore, the highest rated cover of 2020 is:

Nebuttla AwardClick for larger image

Nebula Award Stories 1

Our silver medal winner:

Bigfoot hopes to marry off his daughterClick for larger image

The Little Boy Who Could Talk to Bigfoot

And the bronze medal winning:

Blood autumn ... now flavoured with pumpkin spice!Click for larger image

Blood Autumn

My personal favourite cover of 2020:

Lassie Come HomeClick for larger image

The Trouble With Heroes

Tag Wizard’s chosen favourite for the year:

It's not ShakespearClick for larger image


And we were finally able to reach Tweet Jane, who has been away on a lengthy … let’s call it a sabbatical. My favourite cover is The Beasts of Tarzan. For no other reason than I feel just like the lion looks.

The Breasts of TarzanClick for larger image

The Beasts of Tarzan

Now back to checking on the status of my Singaporean citizenship application. I leave you in the trusted hands of Tag Wizard. Feel free to tag your favourites in the comments below!
— GSS Admin

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.43 out of 10)

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10 Responses to “Olde Year Summe Up 2020”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    It seems appropriate to start 2021 off with a bum note, anyway. And nice that Tweet Jane is still with us in spirit. Just like a modern school sports day, I’d say all the covers were winners and special in their own way.

  2. fred Says:

    1) Self published Bigfoot.

    2) Receding hairline Tarzan.

    3) Nazi on a dogsled.

    4) Butt tree.

    5) Cosplay saucepot.

    6) Wax lips vampires.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    As the saying goes, hindsight is 2020.
    Happy 2021 to all my fellow GSSers!

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    At GSS, every year is bad.

    Here’s to another year full of badness.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Far be it for me to disagree with our pro-callipygian Paraguayan but the gold medalist displays a disconcerting proximity to some form of competence. Give me the epic incompetence of the Tarzan cover, any day.

  6. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I have taken, over the past decade or so, to deciding it really isn’t New Year’s till Chinese New Year. That’s when we have our big feast (not this year, alas), when/if I make resolutions (can’t eat right with so many holiday goodies leftover in the house).

    This year, I am DEFINITELY holding to that. Particularly as my wall calendar hasn’t arrived yet, and even more particularly after that seditious riot last week. So I’m not counting it a New Year till February 12.

    This is another fine selection of bad covers, though.

    I’m particularly impressed that #1 went to a butt-tree on the cover of what should have been a prestigious volume. I mean, sure, #2 is objectively worse (and no doubt so is the content), but it’s self-published.

    #3 I get the title being written in shiny embossed “blood” but the random wax lips and solar eclipse (?) and whoever or whenever August might be… I dunno. At least #2 does what it says on the tin (said tin being used as a stash box).

    I bet we know why Scanty McBimbo is @Admin’s favorite cover.

    @TW has chosen well: frozen dickless Odin, Nazi on a dogsled, and Gary Oldman wishing he’d negotiated for more than just his own fill light.

    @TJ: Good to hear from you. Right now, we are all that lion.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So much badness. It’s like a carnival of crap.

    2021 doesn’t really start in the US until the Orange Oaf is tossed from the White House along with the dead Christmas tree and other trash. I’m saving some of my New Year’s booze for that.

    A few comments on the top 4:

    #1: Call 1-800-LIP-TREE to join LipTree! People are practically crawling up each other’s butts to join! Call and JOIN NOW!

    #2: Written by Little Boy. Illustrated by Little Boy. Edited by Bigfoot.

    #3: Lip Tree: The Harvest.

    #4: The trouble with heroes is you can’t be sure who is under all that armor. Could be a tart in a fetish outfit. Or a bunch of babies.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Well, so far 2021 looks like it’s going to be waaaaay better than that horrible 2020! As @JP says, it’s good to be home.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: GSS, for all of it.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Looking forward to a very silly 2021!

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