2012 Harvey Award Nominees – Baltimore Comic Con


Every year the Harvey Awards are held at the Baltimore Comic Con in Baltimore, MD this year the event will held September 8-9th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Harvey Awards, named after comic icon Harvey Kurtzman is one of the older comic awards and its been associated with the Baltimore Con since 2005. Baltimore Comic Con has always struck me as one of the best and true comic book conventions. While it has grown in size it hasn’t succumbed to the influx of television, video games and movies that other conventions have as they’ve grown. The show has stayed very true to being a convention for comic book fans, making it the perfect venue for the Harvey Awards. I love looking over these ballots because its a great way of pointing out some top notch talent and publications that I missed in the year. It helps me focus my shopping list when diving into the dealers sections of the conventions I got to over the summer.

Below are the nominations for the 2012 award. Voting is open to any professional in the comic field.

BEST LETTERER
Chris Eliopoulos, FEAR ITSELF, Marvel Comics
Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
Todd Klein, S.H.I.E.L.D.: ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER, Marvel Comics
David Lanphear, SECRET AVENGERS, Marvel Comics
Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts

This makes me want to look back at the lettering in the books that I own in this category. Though I appreciate the lettering when reading a book, its not something that sticks with me or that I compare from book to book.

BEST COLORIST
Elizabeth Breitweiser, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY, Marvel Comics
Francesco Francavilla, BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR, Marvel Comics
Sunny Gho, ARTIFACTS, Top Cow
Dave McCaig, THE MAGDALENA, Top Cow
Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE FURY, Dark Horse

Just by name recognition I’m a fan of Dave Stewart’s work in the past. I’ll have to pick up some of these books at the conventions this year.

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL
BIZARRO, Dan Piraro, syndicated by King Features Syndicate
CUL DE SAC, Richard Thompson, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
DOONESBURY, Garry Trudeau, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, syndicated by King Features Syndicate
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephen Pastis, syndicated by United Feature Syndicate

I’m actually a fan of all of these strips, all are deserving of the nomination for sure. If you aren’t a regular reader of comic strips check out one of the larger newspapers sites. They often have them online and free.

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK
BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com
BUCKO, Erika Moen and Jeff Parker, buckocomic.com
DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT, Tony Cliff, delilahdirk.com
GRONK, Katie Cook, gronkcomic.com
HARK! A VAGRANT, Kate Beaton, harkavagrant.com

I’m checking these out after work today. I’m familiar with the titles but not with the series themselves.

BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL
ADVENTURES OF HERGE, Drawn & Quarterly
THE KILLER VOL. 3: MODUS VIVENDI!, Archaia Entertainment
THE MANARA LIBRARY VOL. 1: INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES, Dark Horse
ONWARD TOWARD OUR NOBLE DEATHS, Drawn & Quarterly
SINGLE MATCH, Drawn & Quarterly

Drawn & Quarterly always does a quality job of bringing foreign

BEST INKER
Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
Mark Morales, THOR, Marvel Comics
Sal Regla, THE MAGDALENA, Top Cow
Joe Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts

BEST NEW SERIES
ANGEL & FAITH, Dark Horse
ANIMAL MAN, DC Comics
DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
LAST MORTAL, Top Cow
OZMA OF OZ, Marvel Comics
RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT
Nick Bradshaw, ASTONISHING X-MEN, Marvel Comics
Nathan Edmondson, WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?, Image Comics
Laura Lee Gulledge, PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
Justin Jordan, THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, Image Comics
Sara Pichelli, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, Marvel Comics

I enjoyed The Strange Talent of Luther Strode a great deal, I’m glad to see Justin Jordan recognized.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS
Kate Beaton, HARK! A VAGRANT, harkavagrant.com; print edition by Drawn and Quarterly
Evan Dorkin, MILK AND CHEESE: DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD, Dark Horse
Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
Roger Langridge, SNARKED, kaboom!
Lela Lee, FAIRY TALES FOR ANGRY LITTLE GIRLS, Abrams ComicArts

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION  FOR YOUNGER READERS
ANYA’S GHOST, First Second
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
FRAGGLE  ROCK, Archaia Entertainment
MYSTIC, Marvel Comics
OZMA OF OZ, Marvel Comics
SNARKED, kaboom!

Youth and All Ages publications have continued to increase their presence on the shelves. The kids section in my local shop is full of great, new material that my son goes nuts for.Fraggle Rock and Ozma of Oz are two that I’ve personally purchased and enjoyed. Snarked is a strong book as well. 

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED
BIG QUESTIONS, Drawn & Quarterly
DARK TOWER OMNIBUS, Marvel Comics
THE DEATH RAY, Drawn & Quarterly
ECHOES, Top Cow
PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY, Abrams ComicArts
S.H.I.E.L.D.: ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER, Marvel Comics

BEST ANTHOLOGY
DARK HORSE PRESENTS, edited by various, Dark Horse
FLIGHT #8, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Villard Books
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER, edited by Nate Cosby, Archaia Entertainment
SHAME ITSELF, edited by Tom Brennan, Marvel Comics
SOMEDAY FUNNIES, edited by Michael Choquette, Abrams ComicArts

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT
BLACKJACKED AND PISTOL WHIPPED: A CRIME DOES NOT PAY PRIMER, Dark Horse
THE COMICS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, Abrams ComicArts
DEFINITIVE FLASH GORDON AND JUNGLE JIM, IDW
WALT DISNEY’S MICKEY MOUSE (THE FLOYD GOTTFREDSON LIBRARY), Fantagraphics
WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR ARTIST’S EDITION, IDW

BEST COVER ARTIST
John Tyler Christopher, ARTIFACTS, Top Cow
Marcos Martin, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Paolo Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Mark Simpson (Jock), DETECTIVE COMICS, DC Comics
J.H. Williams, BATWOMAN, DC Comics

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION
ALAN MOORE: STORYTELLER, Universe Books
 THE COMICS JOURNAL, Fantagraphics
GENIUS ISOLATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF ALEX TOTH, IDW
GOVERNMENT ISSUE:  COMICS FOR THE PEOPLE, 1940s-2000s, Abrams ComicArts
PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY, Abrams ComicArts

The Comics Journal is a consistently quality publication. I need to subscribe to that, now that I think about it .

SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, designed by Eric Skillman, Archaia Entertainment
PS MAGAZINE: THE BEST OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY, selected by Eddie Campbell, Abrams ComicArts
RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE MARTINI EDITION, designed by Darwyn Cooke, IDW
SOMEDAY FUNNIES, edited by Michael Choquette, Abrams ComicArts
WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR ARTIST’S EDITION, edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM ORIGINAL
EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
HABIBI, Pantheon Books
INFINITE KUNG FU, Top Shelf Productions
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, Archaia Entertainment
ONE SOUL, Oni Press
PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES
ATOMIC ROBO AND THE GHOST OF STATION X, Red 5 Comics
DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
ECHOES, Top Cow
RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studio

BEST WRITER
Joshua Fialkov, ECHOES, Top Cow
Laura Lee Gulledge, 
PAGE BY PAIGE, Amulet Books
Jeff Lemire, ANIMAL MAN, DC Comics
Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics

Jeff Lemire has been really strong on Animal Man and all I’ve heard from about Mark Waid’s run on Marvel has been positive.

BEST ARTIST
Paolo Rivera, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Chris Samnee, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY, Marvel Comics
Jason Shiga, EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY (OR NOT), Abrams ComicArts
Craig Thompson, HABIBI, Pantheon Books
J.H. Williams, BATWOMAN, DC Comics

I’m glad I’m not a judge, because this is a tough one for me

BEST CARTOONIST
Kate Beaton, HARK! A VAGRANT, harkavagrant.com; print edition by Drawn and Quarterly
Jeremy Haun, PILOT SEASON: THE BEAUTY #1, Image Comics
Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, Amulet Books
Roger Langridge, SNARKED, kaboom!
Comfort Love & Adam Withers, RAINBOW IN THE DARK, uniquescomic.com/rainbowinthedark
Craig Thompson, HABIBI, Pantheon Books

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY
DAREDEVIL  #7, Marvel Comics
ECHOES #5, Top Cow
GANGES #4, Fantagraphics
THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE, Top Shelf Productions
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, Archaia Entertainment
OPTIC NERVE #12, Drawn & Quarterly
ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #1, Dynamite Comics

Seven comics that just made it to my shopping list

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