2012 Harvey Award Nominations

Hey, it’s award season again! This time around, we’re looking at the Harvey award nominations, named for the legendary Harvey Kurtzman.

The nominees are selective by the creative community in comics, the folks who make the books, and the winners will be voted on by comic book professionals as well.

As per usual, a really eclectic list this year, ranging from mainstream superhero titles to all-ages fun to archival reprints to the new hotness in creator owned classics in the making. As with this year’s Eisner nominations, we’re looking at another terrific showing from Marvel’s Daredevil as well as DC’s Animal Man. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dive into this list for a lot of great recommendation’s from the industry’s professionals.

The 2012 Harvey Awards will be presented September 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

And now, the nominees!

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, battlepug.com
____ BUCKO, Erika Moen and Jeff Parker, buckocomic.com
____ DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT, Tony Cliff, delilahdirk.com
____ GRONK, Katie Cook, gronkcomic.com
____ HARK! A VAGRANT, Kate Beaton, harkavagrant.com

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, harkavagrant.com; 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, IDW
____ 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, 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, harkavagrant.com; 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, uniquescomic.com/rainbowinthedark
____ 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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Comments

  1. No love for Scott Snyder? Tragic!

    • First thing i noticed too

    • “The nominees are selective by the creative community in comics, the folks who make the books, and the winners will be voted on by comic book professionals as well.”

      Y’all didn’t know? Snyder is the meanest dude in comics. No one likes that fool.

      (This post is a joke, although, Snyder is a mean sounding last name. Sounds like a bad guy from an 80’s movie.)

    • Diebenny that’s because you’re thinking of Snidley Whiplash.

  2. Pretty much no Image stuff after the year they’ve had?! Jock should have been nominated for the Scalped covers rather than Detective at least.

  3. Tronie66 (@HartMankin) says:

    no BATMAN

  4. Things I noticed:

    1. Paulo Rivera should get “Best Covers”.
    2. Pichelli should get most promising talent even though Edmondson would get my vote.
    3. BKV/Fiona Staples and SAGA? Will they get a nod next year?
    4. No Hickman for the EPIC Fantastic Four/FF run?
    5. No Snyder? Will that be next year? Considering Lemire is getting the nod this year did Snyder get snubbed?

    I know we all have varying tastes but how can anyone argue with Snyder and Capullo not getting recognized?

  5. soooo lame, i love daredevil but that’s just ridiculous, and Team Snyder and Capullo are by far the best out there.

  6. What’s Echos about? I’ve never even heard of it.

    • It’s a super moody, creepy story about a guy whose father, on his deathbed, confesses to being a serial killer. Things get blurry and twisted from there. Recommended.

  7. No Batman, Snyder or Capullo? Nonsense.

  8. I feel bad for the folks voting on colorist. Dave Stewart is the perennial favorite, but Betty Breitweiser and Francavilla both had some gorgeous work come out this year.

  9. Admittedly, I haven’t read a lot of the stuff that’s been nominated but I’m still surprised at a lot of the things that I would have assumed to be nomination no-brainers that haven’t been nominated such as Snyder and Capullo or Brandon Graham (King City and / or Prophet) or Hickman (He made me read and enjoy Fantastic Four ferchristsake!) or Azzerello & Chiang et al.

    Oh well. Guess it’s not for me to understand…

  10. My favorite single issue of the year was: Reed Gunther #6.

    I went and bought extras to give out. I still read it again and again.

    There was no better time in comics all year.

  11. Re: The “No Snyder/Batman!?” disbelief.

    I’m sure a lot of people in 1993 were indignant when Spawn wasn’t up for Harveys and Eisners. And honestly the recent Batman stuff reminds me a lot of early Spawn stuff. Not because of Capullo either. I like Snyder’s Batman — just like I liked early Spawn — because it was dark and exciting and edgy. But it does doesn’t strike me as something that would warrant a lot of awards. It’s more cool than deep or original. Not trying to “take anything away from it”, but I think iFanboy has “added to it” and makes it seem like Snyder’s Batman is more complex or groundbreaking than it really is.

    Congrats to Daredevil and Mark Waid and Jeff Lemiere and JH Williams, though.

    Strange that Nick Bradshaw is up for his Astonishing X-Men stuff rather than his Wolverine & The X-Men issues… Maybe they only take into account 2011 work? (But DD #7 came out in 2012, I’m pretty sure…)

    • What’s ‘complex and groundbreaking’ about Daredevil? Or Animal Man? Or Batwoman? It’s just good quality comics. Batman happens to be better quality comics. Hence some of the disbelief.

    • 3 of the 5 writers nominated are people or projects I’ve never even heard of before. No room for Snyder there? Bah.

  12. Brain Wood hello…… anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Someone tell me about Echoes please!

  14. I wonder if the cut off date was before series’ like Saga and The Manhattan Projects began, because I definitely noticed their absence. Also noticed lack of Scalped or Scott Snyder series’. Kinda sucks, actually.

  15. These are some boring ass categories and nominees. Eclectic is a great word for it.

    An iFanboy Awards vote would be more meaningful than all this artsy fartsy stuff.

  16. Rickystardust go to image.com search echoes and there it is. Its worth getting great story.