It’ ain’t the Awards Season Onslaught until Baltimore Comic-Con holds it’s yearly Harvey Awards. Which they did last night. And while I loved many of this year’s noms that didn’t take away a prize last night, this year’s winners are an amazing crop o’ talent.
A special shout-out to:
- Fiona Staples and the entire Saga crew for their multiple wins
- Jack Morelli, for his amazing work — and Harvey win — lettering Afterlife With Archie
- Danny Miki for his Best Inker Harvey (and his gorgeous colors in Batman)
- And the amazing Baltimore Comic-Con Guest of Honor Mark Waid for his Best Writer win for his work on Daredevil
Why am I still flappin’ my fingers? Let’s get to the winners already!
Congratulations to all the winners, and to Vivek Tiwary for being the host with the most!
Comic Professionals Honor Peers at the 2015 Harvey Awards Banquet
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 26, 2015 – Comic Professionals came together Saturday night, September 26, 2015 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2015 Harvey Awards, sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios, Comic WOW!, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; Silver Sponsors Akuna Entertainment, ComicMix, Insight Studios Group, Painted Visions Comics, and Valiant; and Gift Bag Sponsors Abrams ComicArts, Archie Comic Publications, Book Blaze, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Diamond Select Toys, Dynamite Entertainment, HarperCollins, IDW, Legendary, Popfun Collectibles, Joe Staton/Tribune Media Services, and Valiant Entertainment. The banquette to honor those nominated and the winners in more than 20 categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.
Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics, and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one the industries oldest and most respected awards.
Vivek Tiwary, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Beatle, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group, acted as host and Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.
Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2015 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams ComicArts, Archie Comic Publications, Book Blaze, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Diamond Select Toys, Dynamite Entertainment, HarperCollins, IDW, Legendary, Popfun Collectibles, Joe Staton/Tribune Media Services, and Valiant Entertainment.
This year’s winners include:
Best Letterer: Jack Morelli, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comic Publications
Best Colorist: Dave Stewart, HELLBOY IN HELL, Dark Horse Comics
Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
Best Online Comics Work: THE PRIVATE EYE, Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente, panelsyndicate.com
Best American Edition of Foreign Material: BLACKSAD: AMARILLO, Dark Horse
Best Inker: Danny Miki, BATMAN, DC Comics
Best New Series: SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Image Comics
Most Promising New Talent: Chad Lambert, “KILL ME” FROM DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics
Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box (BOOM! Studios)
Best Graphic Album Previously Published: MOUSE GUARD: BALDWIN THE BRAVE AND OTHER TALES HC, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Best Anthology: DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
Best Domestic Reprint Project: STERANKO NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ARTIST’S EDITION, IDW
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY, Andrew Farago, Insight Editions
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, and Chris Stevens, Locust Moon Press
Best Graphic Album Original: JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics
Best Writer: Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Cartoonist: Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
Best Single Issue or Story: “Breaking Out”, DARK HORSE PRESENTS #35, Dark Horse Comics
Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Will Eisner
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Denis Kitchen
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Russ Heath
In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con would like to thank those individuals who presented at this year’s award ceremony, including: Darwyn Cooke, Jules Feiffer, Francesco Francavilla, Steve Geppi, Mike Gold, Dean Haspiel, Denis Kitchen, Charlie Kochman, Laura Martin, John Ostrander, David Petersen, Sara Richard, Mark Waid, and Marv Wolfman. We would also like to thank Mark Wheatley for his contributions to our voting ballots, program guide for the evening, and awards ceremony presentation, Jerry Carr for assisting with the awards ceremony presentation, and Glenn Hauman for his “web mastery”.