The Harvey Awards are one of the comics industry’s three or four major annual awards. Anyone who’s a comics professional can nominate any work they like that was published in the previous year — and what I’m told is that it only takes a relatively small number of nominations to push a title to the top of the list (above the hundreds of books with one vote each).
I don’t really know how to say this any other way — I would like Beards of our Forefathers to be on that list. I’m incredibly proud of the work I put into it, and if you’re a comics professional who feels the same way, I hope you’ll consider sending in a nomination for me.
The deadline for ballots is this Friday, 3/27. I’m not sure what the threshold is for “comics professional,” but if you’ve ever done work for a professional publisher, or have done okay as an indie and have some credits you can list, I say go for it! In addition, this is a great chance to nominate any other comics you’ve read this year that you really enjoyed — you can make up to 5 nominations in each category.
There’s a text ballot at harveyawards.org — I think you can just copy & paste it into an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Eastern time on Friday.
You don’t have to fill out nominations for every single category, but DO be sure to fill out the “Brief list of work in comics” section (for the verification of your “professional” status). The votes I would love your support for are:
Special Award for Humor in Comics: David Malki !, for Wondermark: Beards of our Forefathers
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Wondermark: Beards of our Forefathers (Dark Horse)
I know Wondermark isn’t necessarily the Best Online Comic of the year, nor was my book the Best Graphic Album, nor am I the Best Writer in all of comics — but nonetheless I will personally be nominating myself in those categories, as well as some of my colleagues. If you’re moved to nominate Wondermark or Beards in those categories, bless you.
Finally, I’ll also be nominating How to Make Webcomics (Image) in the Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation category.
Again, the deadline is in just a few days, so if you qualify to help out (or can lobby a friend or loved one who does), please do so right away. Thank you very much for your support!