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The Executive Committee of the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con have announced the nominees for the 2008 Harvey Awards. Yasuko Kobayashi and Kazasa Sumita's Witchblade Takeru manga (Top Cow/Image) earned a nomination in the Best American Edition of Foreign Material category. This manga adapts Marc Silvestri and Michael Turner's Witchblade comic about a mysterious artifact that grants its (mostly female) wielders extraordinary powers. Two versions of the manga were published in North America: a 12-issue color comic run by Top Cow/Image, and a black-and-white compiled digest version by Bandai Entertainment.
Witchblade is competing against Richard Appignanesi and Sonia Leong's adaptation of Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet from the publisher Abrams. (The book was originally published in the United Kingdom by SelfMadeHero.) Drawn & Quarterly's second volume of Tove Jansson's Moomin comic is also in the category. This Finnish comic was adapted into four Japanese anime television series and a movie.
Unlike the Eisner Awards and other awards in the North American comic book industry, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves. The winners will be announced at Baltimore Comic-Con on September 27.
Source: Publishers Weekly's The Beat