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Winners announced for the 2012 Harvey Awards

Daredevil #4

Daredevil, Kate Beaton, J.H. Williams III, Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand and Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition took home multiple honors at the 2012 Harvey Awards, held tonight in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named for the late Harvey Kurtzman, the awards are selected by comics professionals, who offer nominations and vote on the winners.

Also during the ceremony, Kevin Brogan presented the Hero Initiative‘s Dick Giordano Humanitarian of The Year Award to the late Joe Kubert, while Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. presented the Hero Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement Award to John Romita Jr.

You can find a list of all the nominees with the winners in bold below.

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

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17 Comments

yay, Sara Pichelli

John Romita Jr absolutely deserves the lifetime achievement award. While his art might not be ground-breaking, he exists alongside Lim, Wolfman, and Lee as those guys that can do a solid/excellent job of drawing literally every single hero in both major universes. Growing up with comics his art was like Mignola’s: it too me reaching a point of maturity before I could really appreciate it.

J.H. Williams III won best covers? Really? His Batwoman ones have been shocking lately. Bad poses, bizarre anatomies, odd expressions. I don’t even read Daredevil but I know those covers have been much better.

And he also won best art for Batwoman. Um… wow. He’s good, but he’s not *that* good. Terry Moore is easily a better artist than Williams is. Easily.

But Vera Brosgol won another award for Anya’s Ghost, which is one of the best graphic novels from last year without a doubt.

Didn’t the Harveys used to be the awards that ignored superheroes and the Eisners the ones did ignore everything else? When did they trade places?

“Daredevil” as best NEW series? That’s a little like the time the Grammys named Shelby Lynne ‘best new artist’ for something like her 10th album.

Wow, a hat trick for Kate Beaton, right on!

Whee, Kate Beaton!

@pleblianprint

Marv Wolfman is a writer. And Jim Lee is not a very good artist. So I think what you intended to be praise of Romita Jr ends up not being so

@Loerwyn

Spot on

@pleblianprint

Were you thinking of George Perez rather than Marv Wolfman? That would make more sense. Just wondered since their names are often linked due to their 1980s stuff.

Marvel, will you please make an omnibus of Waid’s terrific Daredevil run?

Mark Waid is the MAN!

I really thought the gal who made the covers for The Unwritten would win the best cover artist category but she’s not even nominated.

@Magenof

Most of the best comic talent isn’t on the list. I can think of 50 current artists who are better than Chris Samnee

The nominations above read more like a popularity contest than a list of the best creators in the business

It was nice to at least see Josh Fialkov, but why in God’s name have all the awards been totally ignoring Scott Snyder, who is quite possibly the best writer in the business? I love Mark Waid, and I love his run on DD, but come on. Nice to see ANGEL & FAITH and RACHEL RISING nominated for something.

Best Cover Artist was a really strange category regarding its nominees, but it was nice to see Marcos Martin there.

@EwokSlayer
Well, most prizes in any industry tend to be popularity contests. They usually do prize talent on a small scale so that they don’t look like sellouts.
I’m saying this on a hunch, of course. But you gotta admit that most of the time, awards in any industry make you scratch your head and say “Really, THAT guy/gal won?”

Really don’t get the Kate Beaton love the internet has, her art just isn’t that great to me, and Williams is a great artist but his Batwoman covers don’t reflect that. I also don’t see how he won best artist for his interiors. This clearly is another case where the good ol boy network has just been updated for a new generation and the outcomes are decided based on things other than merit.

Also I’d prefer not to hear about how significant things like a mixed Spidey are for the “diversity of comics” when the creators are still overwhelming non-black/latino.

Wait, work that’s not to your tastes receiving recognition is “clearly” “another case where the good ol boy network has just been updated for a new generation and the outcomes are decided based on things other than merit”? Huh.

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