Via the email:

The Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration rewards a self-publisher of small-press, hand-made comics (sometimes called “mini-comics”), on the basis of merit and financial need. The 2008 Kukoc will be awarded at Guapo Comics and Coffee on April 24th, 2008, to coincide with the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR, and includes a cash prize of $400. Voting for the Kukoc Awards begins today (April 7th) and ends April 24th. This year’s nominees are:

* Rina Ayuyang Doodle Daze
* Liz Baillie My Brain Hurts #7, Layover
* Jon Chadurjian LEO GEO Acquires Ancient Knowledge, Shortstack: The Journal Comic Card Game
* Sarah Glidden How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
* Alex Holden Magic Hour Sketchbook
* David King Danny Dutch and The King of the Aliens

To vote, email Jesse Reklaw at [email protected] if they read mini-comics and want to be sent a ballot.