I'm thrilled to announce that Smile has received a nomination in this year's EISNER AWARDS--the most prestigious award in comics!

Smile is nominated in the 'Best Publication for Teens' category. I was nominated once before in 2005, in the category of Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, for my work on the Take-Out minicomic series. I didn't win that year, but I made a lot of new friends as a result of the nomination! Maybe this year, I can bring home the actual statue...

But it means I'll need VOTES!

The Eisner website says:

Ballots with this year's nominees will be going out in mid-April to comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. A downloadable pdf of the ballot will also be available online, and a special website has been set up for online voting. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con International.

Teachers and librarians can vote, too, so stay tuned. I'll put a link to the ballot on my site as soon as one is available!

UPDATE!!! Vote now at!

Thanks very, very much to the panel of judges who chose this year's nominees. I'll be flying to Texas tomorrow morning on cloud nine! :)

Raina Telgemeier