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Winners announced for 2009 Harvey Awards

Harvey Awards

Asterios Polyp, Chew, The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures and The Walking Dead were among the titles winning multiple honors at the 2009 Harvey Awards, presented Saturday in conjunction with Baltimore Comic-Con.

The ceremony, hosted by PvP creator Scott Kurtz, also featured the presentation of The Hero Initiative’s first Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award to Tim Sale and Jerry Robinson, and The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award to Walter Simonson.

The complete list of Harvey Awards nominees can be found here. The winners are:

Best Writer
Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead (Image Comics)

Best Artist
Robert Crumb, Book of Genesis (W.W. Norton)

Best Cartoonist
Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW Publishing)

Best Letterer
David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Inker
Klaus Janson, The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Colorist
Laura Martin, The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (IDW Publishing)

Best Cover Artist
Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Bride of Hell (Dark Horse)

Best New Talent
Rob Guillory, Chew (Image Comics)

Best New Series
Chew (Image Comics)

Best Continuing or Limited Series
The Walking Dead (Image Comics)

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
The Muppet Show Comic Book (BOOM! Studios)

Best Anthology
Wednesday Comics (DC Comics)

Best Original Graphic Album
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazucchelli (Pantheon)

Best Previously Published Graphic Album
Mice Templar, Vol. 1, by Bryan J.L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming (Image Comics)

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel
Mutts, by Patrick McDonnell (King Features Syndicate)

Best Domestic Reprint Project
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures, by Dave Stevens; edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW Publishing)

Best American Edition of Foreign Material
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, by Helen McCarthy (Abrams ComicArts)

Best Online Comics Work
PvP, by Scott Kurtz

Special Award for Humor in Comics
Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5 (Oni Press)

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures, by Dave Stevens; edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW Publishing)

Best Biographic, Historical or Journalistic Presentation
Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)

Best Single Issue or Story
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazucchelli (Pantheon)



Thanks to Spiderman, Marvel won something.

@ Rasx

Thanks to KLAUS JANSON, Marvel won something.

No love for The Unwritten??

Kurtz won a Harvey. How much more before his massive ego collapses in on itself and becomes the black hole that destroys Seattle?

To be fair to Scott Kurtz, though, I’ve been following his Twitter and he’s been pretty humble about the award. He thinks Kate Beaton should’ve won it.

Kudos to the Rocketeer garnering some awards. That was an excellent volume, and highly deserving of the honors it received.

Rob Guillory needs to draw everything.

Mignola’s Hellboy,
Stevens Rocketeer,
a book on Harvey Kurtzman
and the Walking Dead all won?!!
Not that these awards have the effect of an Oscar or Emmy, but this should tell the big two that the bloated crap they’ve been filling comic shops with these past few years won’t be remembered in a year or so, if at all.
The WTF of Morrisons Batman & the WhoGaveAFuck of the Death of Cap(hey lets all send our fave heroes back thru time after his “death”) Brand New Day, Blackest Night, a half dozen Avengers titles(or as I call it, the new X-Men Marvel franchise…where there are too many titles for people to give a shit anymore. Quality, not quantity Bendis)..same goes for the Ultimate universe(sorry Loeb, you’ve got the touch of death in this line)(hey let’s reboot by killing almost everybody…then a few issues later the whole end of the world is all but forgotten) bah….it’s the non big two and the indies that will keep raising the bar..

That’s a lot to imply about the Harveys, Mr. Skellington. I’m guessing that you didn’t notice that Oscars pretty much are given to indie films while the theaters are still loaded with and making profit from huge, loud, noisy blockbusters, hm?

The difference is that an Oscar nom or win can often turn those “indie” (many of them are not, in the strict sense of the term, indie) films into mainstream financial successes, if not outright box office hits. Hardly any mainstream capes-and-tights fans are (unfortunately) even aware what Asterios Polyp is, much less that it won the Harvey, or be inclined to check it out because of that fact.

Whatever crossover there once was between the Marvel/DC readership and -everything else- seems to have fallen out entirely. The irony being that these “ignored” books, through the bookstore market and mass press coverage are becoming the -real- mainstream, while the direct market and the superhero-only readership continues to shrink.

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