Here we are, another year, another Best of Boise. Our calendar at Boise Weekly pretty much revolves around the publication of this edition, our biggest of the year. Months of planning, tabulating, researching and writing go into its production--and even though we get pretty punch-drunk by the end (two days before this went to press I walked in on the staff, all still on deadline, coming up with porn star names and standing around laughing hysterically at videos of screaming goats)--we consider it one of our biggest accomplishments.
Within these 72 pages is a mosaic of opinions, culled from thousands of BW readers, that when viewed as a whole, paint the most accurate self-portrait we're likely to see of the Treasure Valley--well, of its best side, at least.
This year, we went back to basics on a few things--like hosting voting on our own website, rather than using a third-party system--but added a couple of others--including a new category for Best Working Comedian.
We are constantly intrigued by the results of BoB voting, and we hope you are, too. For all those winners out there, congratulations. For the second- and third-place contenders, you're obviously doing something right. For everybody else, whether you agree with the results or not, there's always next year--and I'd be lying if I said we weren't already planning for BoB 2014 (potential new category: Best Tattoo Artist).
Because BoB represents something of a turning point in our year, we start setting our sights on the run-up to the new year. And it's going to be a busy close to 2013.
Look forward to BW's election issue Oct. 30, the Snow issue Nov. 6 and our Guide to 2C Nov. 20.
Contest-wise, sharpen your pencils and mark your calendars for perennial reader (and staff) favorite, the Bad Cartoon issue. The Nov. 27 publication date might sound like a long ways off, but you best start brainstorming your best (worst) ideas now. All cartoon submissions need to hit our desks by Friday, Nov. 8. As always, cost is $10 per entry, with all proceeds going toward the awards.
If you prefer good writing to bad cartooning, re-sharpen those pencils for BW's Fiction 101 contest. Set to publish Jan. 1, 2014, you need to have those 101-word masterpieces turned in by Wednesday, Nov. 6. Again: $10 per entry, cash to the winners.
Now, enjoy the culmination of this year's Best of Boise, content in the knowledge that even though you weren't a category, we consider you first place as Best Boise Media Consumers.