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Voting For Eisners Open

Voting for the Eisner Awards has startedWho's eligible to vote, you ask?

The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
  • All nominees in any category
  • Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
  • Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

Who is not eligible to vote?

  • Comics press or reviewers (unless they are nominees)
  • Non-creative publisher staff members (PR, marketing, assistants, etc.)
  • Fans

The deadline for voting is midnight, June 13, 2008, Pacific Standard Time.  I wrote to the coordinator, Jackie Estrada, to see if I could get any further guidance on what is an "industry professional".

UPDATE: Jackie Estrada wrote with some guidance on eligibility for webcomic creators:

I try to use the criterion currently used for the eligibility for webcomics in the Best Digital Comic category: the webcomic must be "long-form" (comparable to a comic book or graphic novel story as opposed to a being like a daily comic strip), and it should have its own unique URL or be part of a webcomics site (Webcomics Nation, Activate, Girlamatic, Zuda, etc.).