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Nominees announced for 2011 Harvey Awards

Harvey Awards

The nominees have been announced for the 2011 Harvey Awards, which recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art.

Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine, the awards are selected entirely by creators. Final ballots are due by Aug. 6. Winners will be announced in conjunction with Baltimore Comic-Con, which runs Aug. 20-21. Scott Kurtz will again serve as master of ceremonies.

The nominees are:

Best Letterer
• Scott Brown, Box 13, Http:// and Red 5 Comics
• Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW
• Dustin Harbin, Casanova, Image Comics
• Troy Peteri, Witchblade, Top Cow
• Robbie Robbins, Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom # 1, IDW
• John Workman, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best Colorist
• Veronica Gandini, Mice Templar: Volume 10, Image Comics
• Laura Martin, The Stand, Marvel Comics
• Ed Ryzowski, Gutters,
• Dave Stewart, BPRD, Dark Horse Comics
• Jose Villarubia, Cuba : My Revolution, Vertigo/DC Comics

Best Syndicated Strip Or Panel
Cul De Sac, Richard Thompson, Universal Press Syndicate
Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate
Mutts, Patrick Mcdonnell, King Features Syndicate
Non Sequitur, Wiley Miller, Universal Press Syndicate
Tom The Dancing Bug, Ruben Bolling, Universal Press Syndicate

Best Online Comics Work
Guns Of Shadow Valley, David Wachter and James Andrew Clark
Gutters, Lar Desouza, Ed Ryzowski and Ryan Sohmer
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
La Morte Sisters, Created Tony Trov, Johnny Zito and Christine Larsen
PvP, Scott Kurtz

Best American Edition Of Foreign Material
AX: Alternate Manga, edited By Sean Michael Wilson And Mitsuhiro Asakawa, Top Shelf
Blacksad, Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Dark Horse Comics
It Was The War Of The Trenches, Jacques Tardi, Fantagraphics
The Killer: Modus Vivendi, Matz And Luc Jacamon, Archaia
Torpedo Volume 2, Jordi Bernet, IDW

Best Inker
• Damian Couceiro, Hawks Of Outremer, Boom! Studios
• Steve Ellis, Box 13, comiXology & Red 5 Comics
• Gabriel Hardman, Agents Of Atlas, Marvel Comics
• Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics
• Sal Regla, Magdalena, Top Cow

Best New Series
American Vampire, Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque, Vertigo/DC Comics
Echoes, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rashan Ekedal, Top Cow
Gutters, Lar Desouza, Ed Ryzoski and Ryan Sohmer,
Kill Shakespeare, Anthony Del Col and Conor Mccreery, IDW
Sixth Gun, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Oni Press
Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee, Marvel Comics

Most Promising New Talent
• Barry Deutsch, Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Amulet Books
• Comfort Love And Adam Withers, Rainbow In The Dark
• Chris Samnee, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics
• Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Vertigo/DC Comics
• Nick Spencer, Morning Glories, Image Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics
• Matt Groening, The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis, Abrams ComicArts
• Roger Landridge, The Muppet Show, BOOM! Studios
• Ryan Sohmer, Gutters
• Shannon Wheeler, I Thought You Would Be Funnier, BOOM! Studios
• Thom Zahler, Love And Capes, IDW

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
Amulet # 3: The Cloud Searcher, Kazu Kibuishi, Graphix
Jingle Belle, Paul Dini
Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3856 Story Possibilities, Jason Shiga, Amulet Books
Reading With Pictures, Josh Elder, executive editor, Reading With Pictures
Smile, Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic Graphix
Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, DC Comics

Best Graphic Album Previously Published
Art In Time, Edited Dan Nadel, Abrams ComicArts
Beasts Of Burden: Animal Rites, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, Dark Horse Comics
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Aritist’s Edition, Designed by Randall Dahlk, Edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW
The Marvelous Land Of Oz, Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, Marvel Comics
Tumor, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon, Archaia

Best Anthology
Blab World #1, Monte Beauchamp And Bill North, Last Gasp
CBGB, Kieron Gillen and Sam Humphries, BOOM! Studios
Popgun # 4, Edited by D.J. Kirkbride, Anthony Wu and Adam P. Knave, Image Comics
Reading With Pictures, Josh Elder, executive editor, Reading With Pictures
Strange Tales, Volume II # 1, Edited By Jody Leheup, Marvel Comics
Uniques Tales, Tanya Eby and Mallette Pagano

Best Domestic Reprint Project
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Aritist’s Edition, Designed by Randall Dahlk, Edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW
The Darkness, Garth Ennis, Marc Silvestri and Batt, Image Comics
Jet Scott, Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Stark, Dark Horse Comics
Li’l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays, Edited By Bruce Canwell, IDW
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, Neal Adams and Dennis O’Neil, DC Comics

Best Cover Artist
• Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW
• Jenny Frison, Angel, IDW
• Marcos Martin, Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Comics
• Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics
• Frank Quitely, Batman and Robin, DC Comics

Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation
75 Years Of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making, Paul Levitz, Taschen Books
The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, Edited by Todd Hignite, Abrams Comicarts
Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics, N. C. Christopher Couch, Abrams Comicarts
Oddly Compelling Art Of Denis Kitchen, Denis Kitchen and Charles Brownstein, Edited By John Lind and Diana Schutz, Dark Horse Books
Portrait Of A Sequential Artist, Directed by Andrew D. Cook, Montilla Presentations

Special Award For Excellence In Presentation
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition, Designed by Randall Dahlk, Edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW
Oddly Compelling Art Of Denis Kitchen Kitchen, Denis Kitchen and Charles Brownstein, Edited by John Lind and Diana Schutz, Dark Horse Books
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, Darwyn Cooke, IDW
Shazam! The Golden Age Of The World’s Mightiest Mortal, Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear, Abrams Comicarts
Wednesday Comics Hardcover Edition, Edited By Mark Chiarello, DC Comics

Best Graphic Album – Original
Duncan, The Wonder Dog, Adam Hines, Adhouse Books
Market Day, James Sturm, Drawn and Quarterly
Scott Pilgrm Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Oni Press
Wilson, Dan Clowes, Drawn And Quarterly
X’ed Out, Charles Burns, Pantheon

Best Continuing Or Limited Series
Chew, John Layman and Rob Guillory, Image Comics
Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Vertigo/DC Comics
Echo, Terry Moore, Abstract Studio
Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham, Marvel Comics
Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom # 1, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, IDW
Love And Rockets: Volume 3, Jaime And Gilbert Hernandez, Fantagraphics

Best Writer
• Cullen Bunn, Sixth Gun, Oni Press
• Joshua Hale Fialkov, Echoes, Top Cow
• Roger Langridge, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics
• Ryan Sohmer, Gutters,
• Mark Waid, Irredeemable, BOOM! Studios

Best Artist
• Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW
• Dean Haspiel, Cuba : My Revolution, Vertigo/DC Comics
• Brian Hurtt, Sixth Gun, Oni Press
• Ed Ryzowski, Gutters
• Chris Samnee, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Best Cartoonist
• Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW
• Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets, Fantagraphics
• Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth, Vertigo/DC Comics
• Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Oni Press
• Jeff Smith, RASL, Cartoon Books

Best Single Issue or Story
Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint, Chris Ware, Drawn and Quarterly
Echoes # 1, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rashan Ekedal, Top Cow
Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabiel Ba, Vertigo/DC Comics
Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #1, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, IDW
Love and Rockets: New Stories, Volume 3, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Fantagraphics
Popgun # 4, Edited By D.J. Kirkbride, Anthony Wu and Adam P. Knave, Image Comics
Wilson, Daniel Clowes, Drawn and Quarterly


David Gallaher

July 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Haha thanks for catching my name guys. San Diego Hall of Fame quarterback Stan Humphries will be relieved to not be associated with my little story.

Why the heck was Matt Groening nominated? He had nothing to do with that crossover. That was Ian Boothby’s baby.

How the hell is Pop Gun #4 a single issue or story?

Fialkov with 4 nominations including best writer! (if I counted correctly.) While I haven’t read his work I’m now even more excited for “I, Vampire”. Glad to see DC giving promising new talent a shot.


the best writers and artists are working at DC and Marvel.

Gutters??? Are you freaking serious? I mean, its enjoyable, but come on……

Here’sg that The Sixth Gun receives some Harvey love…it is certainly deserved…

Here’s hoping…

Ridiculous list. I own a comic book store and if these titles are that good, why doesn’t anyone want to read them? These awards are forgetting who the majority of fans in comics are, and what they like.

Perhaps the assessment of the best in the field isn’t necessarily wholly contiguous with commercial or popular appeal. I’m not sure that the Harveys see concurring with “the majority of fans in comics…and what they like” as part of their mandate. Nor should they. I, for one, *do* want to read many of these titles.

So happy to see all of the recognition for Sixth Gun. It’s easily one of, if not THE best ongoing indy title right now.
Congrats to all of the nominees. All are well deserved.

Daytripper is deserving.

Simon DelMonte

July 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Glad to see that the Harveys are less mainstream than in recent years. Also can say that for once I have read a good deal of the books nominated, and all are noteworthy to some degree (especially Daytripper).

I wonder if there is any chance Marvel will be shamed into reviving Landridge’s Thor series. It remains the only Thor comic I ever really liked.

Also, when comics are involved, artist is cartoonist, and vice versa.

Still, I’m really miffed that Ian Boothby got the shaft. That comic was fantastic, and the only thing Groening did was give the OK.

Also, the “real” comic fans are just generally superhero fans, and the actual real fans are ones that understand what the medium can do. Acme #20 is an exceptional piece of work, and as a comic book store owner, or a “fan,” you should be ashamed to think it is undeserving.

Thanks for the support Mr. Pants but I’ve got no problem with the credit. It’s how the book is listed on Amazon and most web sites. I’m not at all “shafted” and neither is James Lloyd, the artist on the book.
The good thing about awards like the Harveys and Eisners is that maybe people will check out the work. Hope they do. Lot of good stuff on this list.

Strong competition there for Best Single Issue or Story…

Good luck to all!

Its all about Thor:The Mighty Avenger! I hope it comes back in some form, comic or cartoon.

I need it for my monthly Jane Foster intake. I can’t trust the 616 universe not to screw her over in favour of Sif. In Langridge I trust

I am loving that Thor got some love and Hardman for his Atlas art, but Spiderman #655 not getting the nod for best single issue or story? Surely some mistake?

Captain ManIron

July 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

Ryan Sohmer in 4 categories?

Whatever these awards are, they’ve just lost all credibility. The Gutters is a childish response to the fact he didn’t get to write Deadpool. <Just freaking look at it. "Best writing" my arse.

I’m happy with most of the nominees but The Gutters? 6 nominations? Really? And especially considering the link that Captain ManIron posted?

In any case, I’m really happy that the nominees are less mainstream than the Eisners – hopefully it’ll lead to more interest and greater sales for these comics

The Harveys are frequent victims to ballet stuffing. Due to the lack of real interest in putting up nominees (and the compounded general lack of interest in comics entirely), virtually anyone with four friends can end up on the list, hence every year some enterprising young soul gets WAY too many nominations and what they did becomes obvious.

It makes the Harveys a bit of a joke, frankly, but these people never actually win, so there’s that.

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