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2012 Harvey Awards nominees announced

The executive committee of the annual Harvey Awards today announced the nominees for 2012, which will be presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con Sept. 8.

Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected by creators–”those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field,” according to the press release.

The nominees are:

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

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

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

Best Online Comics Work

Battlepug, Mike Norton
Bucko, Erika Moen And Jeff Parker
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, Tony Cliff
Gronk, Katie Cook
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton

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

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

Special Award For Humor In Comics

Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant, Print edition by Drawn & 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
Mystic, Marvel Comics
Ozma Of Oz, Marvel Comics
Snarked, Kaboom!

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

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

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

Best Cartoonist

Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant, Print Edition by Drawn & 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
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

Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Friday, Aug. 17. Full submission instructions can be found on the final ballot. Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field. Final ballots are available for download at www.harveyawards.org. Those without Internet access may request that paper ballots be sent to them via mail or fax by calling the Baltimore Comic-Con (410-526-7410) or e-mailing baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com.

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18 Comments

Nothing for Scott Snyder? Talk about tone-deaf.

nada for Prophet, Manhattan Projects, Fantastic Four, or Locke & Key?

ouch.

Rooting for Betty Breitweiser and Justin Jordan, and Daredevil deserves to win a lot, so it’s good to see it nominated for a lot, but most of all I want to see Mystic win that award. It’s unfortunate it was part of a disappointing relaunch for CrossGen, because it really was an outstanding title and I would love to see it get some recognition. Hell, I’d like to see it get more issues. I was surprised to see it among the nominations, but it’s a welcome surprise!

Prophet and Manhattan Projects won’t be up for awards until next year (the 2012 awards are for things that came out in 2011, I believe). Locke & Key and Scott Snyder are pretty big oversights, though.

What the hell is it with snubbing Snyder? I think the Eisners were braindead, but now the Harveys too? Did Snyder commit some crime that we’re unaware of?

That said, it’s nice to see Breitweiser nominated (a serious Eisner snub) and the New Talent award is spot-on and I’d have no trouble with any of the people nominated for that one winning.

Comic book award committees… they don’t like mainstream characters they feel are too popular (especially Batman)… they don’t like concepts they feel are passé, like vampires (American Vampire)… they don’t like any series where they feel Alan Moore has said all there is to say about it (Swamp Thing).

The jealous, pretentious snobs just don’t want to credit a young upstart writer with sudden success and popularity like Scott Snyder, because he’s genuinely good at what he does.

I was hoping Uncanny X-Force would get some love. Guess it’s too mainstream.

Um… Where is Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland?

Best Writer

Joshua Fialkov, Echoes, Top Cow

well done, though they should also mention I, Vampire too

snyder is not better than johns or bendis…
he is just a run of the mill superhero writer…

Davey Boy Smith

July 3, 2012 at 3:12 am

I agree with Tyler. Uncanny X-Force killed it last year! Remender, Opena, White and Issue 18 were all deserving of nominations in their respective categories. Much more deserving than Animal Man, IMO (which I enjoyed as well, but not to the same extent.)

Atomic Robo is nominated for Best Continuing Or Limited Series? This made my day. Every person nominated for Most Promising New Talent should win. I wouldn’t be able to make a decision on that one.
I do wish David Marquez was nominated for something, but there’s always next year.

Good list. Snyder has done good work on Swamp Thing, but Lemire’s Animal Man is better and they see that. The Batman stuff is good but not award-worthy.

Nice to see Chris Samnee get a nice nod, though J.H. Williams III shoudl beat him for the actual award.

I think you have to nominate yourself for consideration. That’s why Snyder, Bendis, and others never appear in these. They do not nominate themselves. Therefore, these awards are meaningless since they are not a true look at all talent in the industry. Much of the top talent is not listed. I mean, no Steve McNiven, Mark Bagley, Mike Deodato, or Stuart Immonen? Ya see?

Davey Boy Smith

July 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

@Jarrod

The only artist you mentioned deserving of a nomination is Immonen. I don`t see McNiven and Deodato earning a nomination anytime soon, and Bagley shouldn`t even be mentioned in the same sentence as `Harvey`or `Èisner`.

@ Jarrod

You’re incorrect, the nomination process works on votes. Creators or their publishers can vote for their work, but it is an industry nominated award. Pros vote on their favorite projects… The awards are not meaningless just because a couple of your favorites didn’t make it in… and it’s the Eisners that seem like more of a popularity contest anyway. Very cliquey, same people over and over.

Snyder is mediocre. The whole court of owls was one of the most obvious stories i have ever read.

What would Snyder be nominated for? Best seller? Most overwritten?

Nice to see Shiga get some love.

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