For Your Continued Consideration

As the deadline for nominations is quickly approaching (March 27th), I wanted to talk about the Harvey Awards again.

For over 100 pages now, my team has been putting out incredible work. Incredible work, I might add, that I’m very proud of.

We set out to do something different with Gutters, something that had never been done before. There’s a reason it hasn’t been done to this scale before, and that reason is simple: It’s stupidly hard.

For every page you see there, there’s a minimum of 8 people who worked on it: A writer, a penciller, an inker, a letterer, a colorist, an art director who puts it all together, an assistant editor who keeps the production line moving and sees that our artists get paid and a managing editor who is constantly seeking out new talent and assigning pages.

Like I said, the pride I have for what my guys do every day is almost alien-like bursting out my chest.

To that end, I believe my boys deserve recognition for what it is they do. And that brings me to the Harvey Awards:

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

The Harvey Awards are now open for nominations, and anyone on the creative side of creating comics is eligible to submit. The ballot is available on the Harvey site now.

If you are so inclined, I humbly would request putting up Gutters for your consideration in the following categories:

1) Best Writer – Ryan Sohmer / Gutters
6) Best Colorist – Ed Ryzowski / Gutters
9) Best New Series – Gutters / Blind Ferret Entertainment
18) Best Online Comics Work – Gutters / www.the-gutters.com
19)Special Award for Humor in Comics – Ryan Sohmer / Gutters
20) Special Award for Excellence in Presentation – Gutters/ Blind Ferret Entertainment

Thanks, folks, for letting me get through that with you and even if you’re not eligible to vote, spreading the word is definitely appreciated (massively so).

Today’s Planeteer-referencing page was done by Aaron Felizmenio:

Aaron Felizmenio is a 22-year old Filipino Artist, and is one of the youngest talents of Sketchpad Studios. He somehow started his humble career while still attending Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines-Diliman by creating one of the most promising (self-proclaimed) independent comic books, GWAPOMAN 2000, as part of an ashcan anthology in 2008. He then contributed his original character and his talents in the Filipino Superhero Comicbook Bayan Knights (issues 1-4; 2008-2010). Aaron is currently working on the 3rd issue of his creator-owned title, and is looking forward to doing more projects for the international market.

We’ll see you back here on Friday, folks.

-sohmer

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