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The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and Baltimore Comic-Con have announced the nominees for the 2009 Harvey Awards. Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy (Drawn and Quarterly), Inio Asano's Solanin (Viz Media), and issues #11 and #12 of Yasuko Kobayashi and Kazasa Sumita's Witchblade Takeru (Top Cow/Image) earned nominations in the Best American Edition of Foreign Material category. The three manga titles are competing against Chris Blain's Gus and His Gang (First Second) and the Pocket Full of Rain anthology (Fantagraphics Books) by the author simply known as Jason.
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 October 10.
The jury for the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Award listed the animated version of Red Colored Elegy among its recommended works of 2007. Solanin is already vying for an Eisner Award in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan category this year. Witchblade Takeru was previously nominated for last year's Harvey Awards in the same Best American Edition of Foreign Material category, but did not win.
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