If you’re striving to win awards for your work, then you’re wrong. Plain and simple.
This is not to say that your work isn’t excellent and deserving of recognition, either from critics, your peers, or the general public. However, if your only reason to create a work is to try to win an award, then you’re wrong. It doesn’t work like that.
Awards are about two things: excellence in execution, and the tastes of those judging the awards. When we talk about comics, almost anyone can be nominated for anything, but it doesn’t mean that those creators or those works will make the final ballot. A lot can happen between opening up the timeframe for creating the ballot to making the actual ballot.
It gets even worse when we talk about indies. Most ballots you’ll see will be dominated by books from the larger publishers: Marvel and DC of course, and then Image, Dark Horse, Boom!, Valiant, and then you get more arthouse publishers like First Second and Top Shelf.
You don’t see many independents winning high-level awards such as the Eisner or Harvey or Glyph. It generally doesn’t happen. What generally happens is someone decides to create a much more specialized award, or more regional like the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance. You have to make a concerted effort to get away from the big names in comics in order to see what else others are doing that may be deserving of attention.
Before you can even think about winning any kind of award, you have to create, and you have to create a book you yourself would be proud of. A book that could legitimately stand toe-to-toe with offerings from other companies. The creation of the book, of something you yourself would read, should be primary, with thoughts of awards coming in very, very late in the game. You have a myriad of other things to concern yourself with besides awards.
Awards are nice, but they shouldn’t be anywhere near your thinking process when you’re creating a book. Do the work first.