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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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