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I'm always whining that Slightly Damned is crap because it has basically squat in terms of "notable" attention.  No professional reviews, no awards, no Wikipedia page, etc.  So this year, I want to try to win an Ursa Major Award.

What are the Ursa Major Awards?
"It is intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalent of the Hugo Award presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom's Anthony Award, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Award, and so forth."

For those of you that want to know more about the UMA's, you can visit the official website here: www.ursamajorawards.org/index.…

Nominations should be opening up sometime in January.

In the mean time how about we work together to get Slightly Damned onto the 2012 Recommended Anthropomorphic Graphic Story list?

What is the 2012 Recommended Anthropomorphics List?
This list is separate from the actual awards, and serves as a sort of archive of recommended Anthropomorphic art that was created in 2012.

The list can be seen in its entirety here: www.ursamajorawards.org/ReadLi…

Here's where you, my dear reader, come in.
Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to send an email to recommended@ursamajorawards.org that contains the following information:

The title of the work: Slightly Damned
A link to the website: www.sdamned.com/
Any other information you wish to include.  The exact instructions are on the Recommended List page in the above link, but they aren't much different than what I have stated here.

THE DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2013!
PLEASE DO NOT SPAM THE EMAIL

EDIT: We did it! Slightly Damned will now be added to the recommendations list in mid-February, and nominations for the Ursa Major awards will be open shortly after that.  Keep an eye on the Ursa Major awards and the instructions for the nomination process (I will, too!) and maybe... just maybe... Slightly Damned has a chance.  Thanks for your support!

...of course, only if you actually believe that Slightly Damned should be recommended/nominated/awarded.

I know it may seem silly to covet an award like this, but... I dunno, I figure I have nothing to lose by giving it a shot.  Some of you might be confused as to why I care about a furry award when I've fought against being pigeonholed by the label for years, but I have two good reasons for this:
1) I think this is the only webcomic award where I have a snowball's chance in hell of actually being eligible for.  The Harvey and Eisner awards are just... yeah, no way, the Hugo Awards require registration for expensive cons (one in San Antonio, TX, one in London), and the Webcartoonist's Choice Awards have been dead for years.  If there's anything else out there that you guys know of, I'm all ears!

2) Hey, I figure if Pixar's Brave is elligble for an Ursa Major award, why not Slightly Damned?

(P.S. Thanks to Tec for writing the logistics stuff!)

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Commissions are closed!
Commission info: raizap.com/commissions
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The first Slightly Damned book is finally on sale at IndyPlanet!  I know the price is a bit steep and it takes a while, but that's what happen when you have a print-on-demand title that's as big and colorful as this book!  Believe me, the book looks great!

Here's the link to its IndyPlanet listing: indyplanet.com/store/product_i… Yes, they ship internationally!
If you want to see a video of what it looks like on the inside, I have one here on Flickr (although it's a video of the flawed first book, they are practically the same thing): www.flickr.com/photos/the_chu/…

...And if you don't want or can't afford a hard copy, a digital version of the book is now available on IndyPlanet Digital: www.indyplanet.com/digital/pro… It features the exact same content at a fraction of the price.

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For upcoming convention appearances, please check the main Slightly Damned website: sdamned.com

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Join the Slightly Damned club!

Membership is open to everybody.

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I also have an account on FurAffinity with identical content: www.furaffinity.net/user/the-c…

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Want to hear more?
Follow me on my public twitter account: @sdamned
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opus-13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Email has been sent! Winning an award like this would be great! God knows that this comic deserves it. You've done a great job with it and kept it running for several years now. I'll keep my fingers crossed! :D
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Shadowdog534 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I think that the particular reason that most "furry" webcomics (there are many, both with a mix of furry and humans, and just pure furry) is the amount of drama they seem to generate. The problem I've noticed from webcomics, art, or any other general media that is created that even remotely dabbles in any sort of animalistic form that isn't childish to some degree tends to start hate crimes against the fandom and arbitrarily tosses the artist(s) into the fold, whether or not they were or weren't before.

Its mostly due to the fandom of furries that cause the average person/furry to think "if it has talking animals with genitalia of some kind (noticeable or hinted), it will lead to derogatory and over-sexualized things if you read it/look into it long enough." Sometimes it draws in... unwanted attention, which can be damaging in the worst case scenario ("rule 34" is to blame in part.)


However, in regards to the Ursa awards, if there's anything I've learned in one of my Mythology classes, its that most stories all share a common theme, no matter which media form they seem to take. It's one of the reasons why I look deeper into the things I read, SD being one of them, and why I enjoy the story of it rather than simply waving it off as another cheep story rip-off.


These video links may be old news to you, perhaps, but they're always a good source of inspiration, if you have a think about it.

[link] <- YT video in regards to "The Hero's Journey"
[link] <- Myspace video on wider range of movies on the above video.


If I had a "professional" stand to review SD though, I wouldn't hesitate to do so, what with it being one of my favorite comics I've ever read. Though my going through college should hopefully fix that in time.
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LegendaryWolves Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Ladies and gentle men, the noble peace prize goes to Chu - author of slightly damned!"

i think you have a good shot at the Ursa Major Awards, chu. your comic has been going for years and there is a reason for the growing audience you have gained over the years. we all support you and can't wait to hear how you won. ^_^
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xMrSaturdayx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow that was fast...I read this message this morning and it already happened. Keep your hopes up, you stand more of a chance than you think. At the VERY least, the comic will gain more attention as a result of this whole thing.
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Eridiumwolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably why it had gone undetected for so long:
The general storyline in a nutshell has been used. A lot.
Look at Twokinds and compare the storylines, the whole other races part is pretty similar isn't it?
Now look at the whole two species trying to get together against odds.
Similar as well.
If you want it to get more noticed, try making it more unique.
Either way, I love SD.
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tntdynomite92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
A creature of unique race breaking out of Hell and a Templar with amnesia are now somehow similar enough for someone to say that they belong in the same category. The fuck did I just read?
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I think you're judging Slightly Damned and TwoKinds based on oversimplified, superficial similarities. You might as well be telling me that Slightly Damned is too similar to Beauty and the Beast. Or that Star Wars and Star Trek are too similar because they have "Star" in their names and have interplanetary space travel.
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Blueglory Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Go SD!
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MilesDaFoo616 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Wait Slighly Dammed is A furry comic? I mean I knew it had characters that were furry but I never considered it to be of Furry... Guess I should broaden my horizons and not assume everything thats furry is creepy since I love this comic
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Personally I do not consider it a furry comic, and I never intended it to be labeled as such. But there are many people who do consider it furry under their own definitions, and like I explained in the journal entry and to someone else who asked a similar question, there are works like Pixar's Brave and Hotel Transylvania listed. So why not?
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brandonk9100 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
i will try
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TheGunheart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
And sent! I wish you luck on getting on the list!
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Ademonsdream Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
done and done :D
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Manuel8123 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I send the Email, and i wish you luck with this :D
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you!
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Yark-Wark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Alrighty. Shall help on this, Chu. :)
I wish you the best in this.
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks a bunch! :D And we still need to do that art trade at some point, lol.
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Yark-Wark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
No prob!
Just note me on it and I'll do my half first since my time jumps around at times. XD So better I do my half first so you're not waiting. :D
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AlexisTheGreat23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well its 2013 now is it still ellegable
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Yes. That's how these things usually work: the awards for works in 2012 in determined in 2013, like how 2012 taxes are processed and submitted in 2013.
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AlexisTheGreat23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah ok
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Mh, when it says " that they found first published during 2012" - um... wouldn't Slightly Damned be out of it? I mean since you started it back in 2004 - you think it still counts for the award?

However, I can still write the mail. First because Slightly Damned is my favorite webcomic and I have like...25 :aww: - and second because I think you are awesome :iconyourocksonicplz:
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Slightly Damned pages made in 2012 are all eligible, since they were published during that year. You can see on the "recommended" list that there are a lot of webcomics there that were made before 2012. :)

Thanks!
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stosphia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I know another comic that won a few years after it was started--but it was ongoing
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah ok, thanks. Then I'll go write an email right away :)
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TheGunheart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
Digger, Lackadaisy and Commander Kitty are on the list, and they all started before 2012. Apparently, all that matters is that it was published during that year.
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah ok, thanks. Then I'll go write an email right away :)
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FreiWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I dont know.
Dont you need a furry comic to win a furry comic prize?
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Well, like I said... Pixar's Brave is eligible for a movie award. And apparently Hotel Transylvania too. And any number of things that are listed on the website that aren't usually considered "furry".
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FreiWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
You could make a short SD Animation
and try to win that award too
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
There is no way I could do that. Animation takes a lot of time and effort and skill that I just don't have.
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FreiWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
What about a realy crappy Flip-book?
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AlexisTheGreat23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There is alot of anthro in it (demons, rhea ect)
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AshleiMist Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got your Slighty Damned book for christmas! I'm sooo happy with it, it looks amazing! Full colour is definently best! I'm definently sending an email for the UMA, you deserve it!
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you! :D
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Pikach333 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Oh and by the way, what do you exactly mean with extra information? Should I tell something about the story, the characters or how I think the story is?
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raizy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Anything you want to say is fine, as far as I know.
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Pikach333 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Woop, I will help you on whatever it takes that you get as many votes as possible :3 As I said I really love your artwork and it just deserved it to win :)
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The-S-H-A-D-O-W Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
when you said Ursa major, i thought MLP straight up, but this sounds interesting, good luck!
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Kirafan05 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Glad to see I'm not the only one who went straight to MLP. But Raizy, go for it! Make us proud.
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The-S-H-A-D-O-W Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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TheToahk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
well in my opinion SD has a pretty good chance :D (it still amazes me that Two Kinds beats you every month on topwebcomics Slightly Damned is sooooooo much better)
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good for you going out and trying for this!
I think that with SD's massive popularity over the past few years, it stands a pretty good chance of winning one of the awards.

Good luck Chu, you can count me as one of your voters ;)
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