It’s that time of year kiddies; time to see who nabbed Harvey Awards! The nominee slate was pretty amazing, so it’s no surprise that the winners are top-notch.
Saga led the night with four wins, and March: Book Two grabbed two. For me, it was lovely to see some of my personal favorites nab Harveys: Bloom County (for it’s fantastic, and oh-so-welcome comback), Battlepug (a lovely sendoff to the series, though Mike Norton said they’ll be back, and I hope so), Usagi Yojimbo, Lumberjanes, and of course, March: Book Two, and Saga.
Not a bad Saturday night at Baltimore Comic-Con. Read on for the full list of winners. Congratulations to all!
Comic Professionals Honor Peers at the 2016 Harvey Awards Banquet
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 4, 2016– Comic Professionals came together Saturday night, September 3, 2016 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2016 Harvey Awards, sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios, Geppi Family Enterprises, LINE Webtoon/DeviantArt; Silver Sponsors Akuna Entertainment, Borderlands Comics and Games, ComicMix, Hakes Americana and Collectibles, Insight Studios Group, Painted Visions Comics, The School for Good and Evil, and Valiant Entertainment; and Gift Bag Sponsors Abrams ComicArts, Action Lab Entertainment, Archie Comic Publications, Book Blaze, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Select Toys, Hakes Americana and Collectibles, IDW Publishing, PCB Productions, The School for Good and Evil, Skybound, Soho Press, Valiant Entertainment, and Wildside Press. 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, returned to act as host and Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.
Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2016 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams ComicArts, Action Lab Entertainment, Archie Comic Publications, Book Blaze, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Select Toys, Hakes Americana and Collectibles, IDW Publishing, PCB Productions, The School for Good and Evil, Skybound, Soho Press, Valiant Entertainment, and Wildside Press.
This year’s winners include:
Best Letterer: John Workman, RAGNAROK, IDW Publishing
Best Colorist: Laura Allred, SILVER SURFER, Marvel Comics
Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: BLOOM COUNTY, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
Best Online Comics Work: BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com
Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Tie: TWO BROTHERS, Dark Horse Books and CORTO MALTESE: BEYOND THE WINDY ISLES, IDW Publishing
Best Inker: Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, DC Comics
Best New Series: PAPER GIRLS, Image Comics
Most Promising New Talent: Tom King, THE VISION, Marvel Comics
Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, HOWARD THE DUCK, Marvel Comics
Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios
Best Graphic Album Previously Published: THE LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ AND AMAL, Iron Circus Comics
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, Scott Newman, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
Best Domestic Reprint Project: CRIMSON VOL. 1, BOOM! Studios
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions
Best Anthology: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
Best Graphic Album Original: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions
Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, USAGI YOJIMBO
Best Single Issue or Story: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, BOOM! Studios
Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Carl Barks, Al Jaffee
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Beth Widera
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Giella
In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con would like to thank those individuals who presented at this year’s award ceremony, including: Keynote speaker Dean Haspiel, Christina Alger, Amy Chu, Katie Cooke, Steve Geppi, Denis Kitchen, Charlie Kochman, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Terry Moore, David Petersen, Filip Sablik, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Mark Waid, and Dirk Wood. We would also like to thank Mark Wheatley for his contributions to our 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”.
The Baltimore Comic-Con will host the Harvey Awards for the eleventh year during the 18th annual show, taking place September 22-24, 2017.
In the coming months, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 25 years, the last 11 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.