2009 Harvey Award Nominees!


While not as well known as The Eisner Awards, The Harvey Awards are still hold a lot of cache in the industry.

For the fourth year in a row, The Harvey Awards will be handed out in Baltimore, MD at Baltimore Comic-Con, which will be held October 10-11, 2009.  The 2009 Harvey Awards will be Saturday, October 10, and this year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Scott Kurtz.

The 2009 Harvey Award Nominees:       
 
 
BEST WRITER

  • Kyle Baker, NAT TURNER, Abrams books
  • Ed Brubaker, CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Comics
  • John Gallagher, BUZZBOY, Sky Dog Comics
  • Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books
  • Grant Morrison, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, DC Comics


BEST ARTIST

  • Gabriel Ba, UMBRELLA ACADEMY, Dark Horse Comics
  • Kyle Baker, NAT TURNER, Abrams Books
  • Jimmy Gownley, AMELIA RULES, Renaissance Press
  • Jason Kruse, WORLD OF QUEST, Yen Press
  • Frank Quitely, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, DC Comics


BEST CARTOONIST

  • Lar deSouza, LEAST I COULD DO, www.leasticoulddo.com
  • John Gallagher, BUZZBOY, Sky Dog Comics
  • Al Jaffee, TALL TALES, Abrams Books
  • Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books
  • Thom Zahler, LOVE & CAPES, Maerkle Press


BEST LETTERER

  • Jimmy Gownley, AMELIA RULES, Renaissance Press
  • Rob Leigh, THE SPIRIT, DC Comics
  • Doug Sherwood, LOCAL, Oni Press
  • John Workman, MARVEL 1985, Marvel Comics
  • Thom Zahler, BUZZBOY, Sky Dog Comics


BEST  INKER

  • Rich Faber, BUZZBOY, Sky Dog Comics
  • Jamie Grant, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, DC Comics
  • Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books
  • Mark Morales, THOR, Marvel Comics
  •  Ryan Winn, THE DARKNESS, Image Comics


BEST COLORIST

  • Frank Cammuso, OTTO’S ORANGE DAY, Raw Junior, LLC
  • Jamie Grant, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, DC Comics
  • Laura Martin, THOR, Marvel Comics
  • Wil Quintana, THE MICE TEMPLAR, Image Comics
  • Dave Stewart, UMBRELLA ACADEMY, Dark Horse Comics


BEST COVER ARTIST

  • Frank Cho, BUZZBOY: SIDEKICKS RULE!#3, Sky Dog Press
  • James Jean, FABLES, Vertigo Comics
  • Jay Lynch, MINDSHAFT #23, Mindshaft Publishing
  • Ken Rocafort, PILOT SEASON: CORE #1, Top Cow
  • Alex Ross, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, DC Comics


BEST NEW SERIES

  • THE DREAMER, IDW
  • ECHO, Abstract Studios
  • HIGH MOON, www.zudacomics.com
  • NIGHT OWLS, www.zudacomics.com
  • SUPERTRON, www.zudacomics.com


BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

  • ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, DC Comics
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Comics
  • DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books
  • MICE TEMPLAR, Image Comics
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY, Dark Horse Comics


BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

  • DRAW!, edited by Mike Manley, Twomorrows Publishing
  • HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS, Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub, Image Comics
  • KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, Mark Evanier, Abrams Books
  • SCORCHY SMITH AND THE ART OF NOEL SICKLES, edited by Dean Mullaney, IDW
  • WORDLESS BOOKS: THE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, edited by David A. Berona, Abrams Books


BEST SYNDICATED STRIP OR PANEL

  • BREWSTER ROCKIT: SPACE GUY!, Tim Rickard, Tribune Media Services
  • GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, United Features Syndicate
  • MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
  • THE NORM, Michael Jantze, Uclick Gocomics
  • PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephan Pastis, United Features Syndicate


BEST ANTHOLOGY

  • COMIC BOOK TATTOO, edited by Rantz Hoseley, Image Comics
  • FLIGHT VOLUME 5, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Villard
  • MOME VOLUME 10, edited by Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books
  • PIXU #1, edited by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Self-Published
  • POPGUN VOLUME 2, edited by Joe Keatinge and Mark Andrew Smith, Image Comics


BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – ORIGINAL

  • BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON, Fantagraphics Books
  • DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, Amulet Books
  • ESSEX COUNTY: THE COUNTRY NURSE, Top Shelf
  • SKIM, Groundwood Books
  • TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN, Top Shelf
  • WORLD OF QUEST: VOL. 2, Yen Press


BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

  • AMELIA RULES!: FUNNY STORIES, Renaissance Press
  • M, Abrams Books
  • NAT TURNER, Abrams Books
  • THE MICE TEMPLAR: VOL. 1, Image Comics
  • QUEEN AND COUNTRY: VOLUME 3, Oni Press
  • SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST (HARDCOVER), Adhouse Books


BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

  • ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY #19, Self-Published
  • FIRST BORN: AFTERMATH #1, Top Cow
  • LOVE AND ROCKETS, VOL. 3 #1, Fantagraphics Books
  • M, Abrams Books
  • NASCAR HEROES #5, NASCAR Comics
  • NAT TURNER, Abrams Books
  • THE AMAZING REMARKABLE MONSIEUR LEOTARD, First Second
  • Y: THE LAST MAN #60, Vertigo Comics


BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

  • ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS, IDW
  • COMPLETE PEANUTS, Fantagraphics Books
  • COMPLETE TERRY AND THE PIRATES, IDW
  • SCORCHY SMITH AND THE ART OF NOEL SICKLES, IDW
  • WACKY PACKAGES, Abrams Books


BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL
 

  • GUS AND HIS GANG, First Second
  • POCKET FULL OF RAIN, Fantagraphics Books
  • RED COLORED ELEGY, Drawn and Quarterly
  • SOLANIN, Viz
  • WITCHBLADE TAKERU MANGA #’s 11 & 12, Top Cow


BEST ON-LINE COMICS WORK

  • BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, Tony Trovarello and John Zito, www.zudacomics.com
  • HIGH MOON, Scott O. Brown, www.zudacomics.com
  • LEAST I COULD DO, Lar deSouza and Ryan Sohmer, www.leasticoulddo.com
  • NIGHT OWLS, Bobby & Peter Timony, www.zudacomics.com
  • PVP, Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com


SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

  • Lar deSouza, LEAST I COULD DO, www.leasticoulddo.com
  • John Gallagher, BUZZBOY, Sky Dog Comics
  • Al Jaffee, TALL TALES, Abrams Books
  • Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books
  • David Malki, WONDERMARK, www.wondermark.com


SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

  • COMPLETE LOCAL: HARDCOVER EDITION, Ryan Kelly and Brian Wood, Oni Press
  • KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, Mark Evanier, Abrams Books
  • QUEEN AND COUNTRY: VOLUME 3, Greg Rucka, Mike Norton, Steve Rolston, and Chris Samnee, Oni Press
  • TALL TALES, Al Jaffee, Abrams Books
  • WONDERMARK, VOL. 1: BEARDS OF OUR FOREFATHERS, David Malki, Dark Horse Comics


BEST NEW TALENT

  • Matt Cassan, NASCAR: HEROES, NASCAR Comics
  • Bryan J.L. Glass, THE MICE TEMPLAR, Image Comics
  • Laura Innes, THE DREAMER, IDW
  • Tim Sievert, THAT SALTY AIR, Top Shelf
  • Bobby Timony, NIGHT OWLS, www.zudacomics.com


There has been lots of talk around the comics internet echo sphere about these nominations, but to me this list seems no better or worse than the Eisner nominations. Well, okay, maybe there are some fishy nominations here… like all those nods for Nascar: Heroes, a book pretty much no one has ever heard of.


Oh, well. Whenever you have award nominations there is going to be a certain amount of grumbling.

Regardless, congratulations to all the nominees!

Comments

  1. All Star Superman and Umbrella Academy are two vastly different books that I love equally.  I am glad they get the praise they deserve.

    Was Y #60 last year?? That seems like 50 years ago.

    Also, I second Conor’s "Nascar Heroes??"

  2. Why is Geoff Johns not on this list?

  3. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    I’m quite surprised by seeing DIARY OF A WIMPY KID on here, especially as much as it is.  That book is a lot of fun and I know that many younger readers here at the library clamor for it, but it’s more novel than comic.  Still, nice to see an author writing for ‘tweens next to Grant Morrison in the Best Writer category.  Neat.

  4. "BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES" – If it’s not continuing and it’s not limited, what else is there? Shouldn’t it just be "best series"?

    And wtf is a graphic album?

  5. For the most part it looks like the same four or five books nominated in each category.

  6. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, Amulet Books

    This book is HUGE with the elementery school kids.  My 7 year old nephew LOVES these books.  Him and his friends go crazy.  He even got the activity book that has the kids drawing their own pictures and comics.  It’s pretty cool.  Hopefully a gate way to monthly comics.

  7. Oh no’s! Geoff Johns and Jason Aaron aren’t nominated!! Clearly the members have bias against them right guys? 😉

    I havent even heard literally of half of these books/titles/creators. I need to read more often.

  8. It’s good to see Captain America and All-Star Superman represented. I can’t think of a colorist more deserving of recognition than Jamie Grant.

    Oh, so you guys didn’t add in Nascar Heroes as a joke?

  9.  COMPLETE LOCAL: HARDCOVER EDITION, Ryan Kelly and Brian Wood, Oni Press – FOR THE WIN!

    Good to see Umbrella Academy getting more noms. And Echo. Locke & Key should be in there though. 

  10. Nascar Heroes #5 FTW!

  11. Y the Last Man #60 vs Nascar Heroes #5?

    EPIC MATCH!

  12. some wierd nominees

  13. Does anyone read Buzzboy?  It got a ton of nominations.  I’ve never even heard of it.

  14. Bendis had said you have to nominate yourself for some awards.  So that might explain his absence, as well as Geoff Johns.  Maybe they don’t want to nominate themselves?

  15. Buzzboy and the other books from that company have been the subject of much of the controversey this year, using terms like Ballot-stuffing.  Check it out here.

    Others, like Image Comics’ Joe Keatinge have said people need to get over it.

  16. Also, what is the deal with deal with All-Star Superman? The last issue was September 2008. The issue before that was May 2008. The awards are given out October 2009.

  17. @Camden: It’s for books that came out in 2008, just like the Academy Awards held this year are for movies from last year.

  18. Everytime a list like this comes out, I just start writing things down. "Get this, look for this, see if the library has that"

  19. Heard a lot of backlash on this list before I saw it… now I can understand why.  This is almost laughable in parts.  Zudacomics with 3 nominations for best new series?  OooooK.  Oh well, at least the wallet is safe.

  20. The only book that really deserves to be on this list is NASCAR HEROES #05.

  21. That’s a joke of a list, absolutely. Now I see why I rarely pay any attention to comic book awards.

  22. Interesting and all but what really gets me is the banner ad on the side for Premio Sausage, haha!

  23. I just read the trade of Thom Zahler’s LOVE AND CAPES.  It’s a beautifully drawn, witty superhero/relationship story that has a lot of heart.  I think a lot of people on this site might like it.  Nice to see it on here, whatever the story behind the nominations. And hey, ECHO for best new series is worthy (though hasn’t that been around for more than a year?)

  24. I kind of like that the majority of nominations aren’t for DC and Marvel comics/creators.Its like karmic balance.They’ve had plenty of luck as it is,some of the lesser known people deserve some props.

  25. I must be the only person in the world who hated all star superman

  26. Why does Jock get no love for his covers on Scalped. I don’t think anything else even compares. Only thing I’m upset about, even though I disagree with most of the list. It’s not right to not give that guy some love.

  27. I don’t think Jock’s gotta worry about validation.  He’s never gonna win any awards as long as James Jean is around, but there’s no one better. 

    I’ve been thinking about this, and if I could choose anyone out there to draw a book for me, it would be Jock.

  28. What’s a graphic album? Is it the one your mother shows the visitors with all the really weird pictures she took on a new camera high?

  29. I don’t know if the Harvey’s nominate stuff based on what came out since the last Harvey’s (last Oct) or just the year in general, but either way they’re nominating ASS based off of either 0 issues, or 3 issues respectively, and I still just don’t get it. Not arguing the quality of the book, but I just don’t get how you can nominate ANYTHING based off such a small sample of it. It’s the one thing that annoys the @#$% out of me about Comic Book Awards. Nothing made my brain want to explode more than when YOUNG AVENGERS got nominated for an Eisner after having put out exactely one issue in the period the awards covered that year. I don’t know if they’re so desperate to nominate popular mainstream comics to appease fans that they just overlook such things, or they’re just that ignorant over what they’re doing, but it’s kind of a sham in that regard.