2009 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

28.jpgThe 2009 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con, with British creators Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely among the honoured nomimees.

DC Comics online comics service, Zuda Comics, has helped bring several new talents to light, an indication of the surely now undisputed importance of the web comic format.

Named in honour of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the US comic industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented 10th October 2009 in Baltimore, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Professionals who participate will be joining nearly 2,000 other comics professionals in honoring the outstanding comics achievements of 2008.

Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Friday, 28th August, 2009. Full details for submission of completed ballots 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 baltimorecomicccon@yahoo.com.

This will be the fourth year for the Harvey Awards at the Baltimore Comic-Con, which will be held 10-11th October, with top web comic creator will be Scott Kurtz (www.pvponline.com) on hand as master of Ceremonies at the award ceremony and banquet.

The 2008 Harvey Award Nominees:

BEST WRITER

• Kyle Baker for Nat TurnerNat Turner, Abrams Books

• Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Marvel Comics

• John Gallagher, Buzzboy, Sky Dog Comics

• Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books

• Grant Morrison, All Star Superman, DC Comics

BEST ARTIST

• Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella AcademyUmbrellla Academy, Dark Horse Comics

• Kyle Baker, Nat Turner, Abrams Books

• Jimmy Gownley, Amelia Rules!, Renaissance Press

• Jason Kruse, The 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 KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books

• Thom Zahler, Love and 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 KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books

• Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics

• Ryan Winn, The Darkness, Image Comics

BEST COLOURIST

• 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, The Umbrella AcademyUmbrellla 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/high_moon

Night Owls, www.zudacomics.com/the_night_owls

Supertron, www.zudacomics.com/supertron

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

All Star Superman, DC Comics

Captain America, Marvel Comics

Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books

Mice Templar, Image Comics

The Umbrella AcademyUmbrellla Academy, Dark Horse Comics

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

Draw!, edited by Mike Manley, Twomorrows Publishing

How To Make WebComics by Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub, Image Comics

Kirby: King of Comics by 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! by Tim Rickard, Tribune Media Services

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley, United Features Syndicate

Mutts by Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate

The Norm by Michael Jantze, Uclick Gocomics

Pearls Before Swine by 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

Piku #1, edited by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Self-Published

Poggun Volume 2, edited by Joe Keatinge and Mark Andrew Smith, Image Comics

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – ORIGINAL

Bottomless Belly Button, Fantagraphics Books

Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy KidRodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet Books

Essex County: The Country Nurse, Top Shelf

Skim, Groundwood Books

Too Cool To Be Forgotten, Top Shelf

World of Quest Volume 2, Yen Press

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

Amelia Rules!: Funny Stories, Renaissance Press

M, Abrams Books

Nat Turner, Abrams Books

The Mice Templar Volume 1, Image Comics

Queen and Country Volume 3, Oni Press

• em>Skyscrapers of the MidWest, Adhouse Books

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

ACME Novelty Library #19, Self-Published

First Born: Aftermath #1, Top Cow

Love and Rockets Volume 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 Thills by Steve Conley, 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 Coloured 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, www.zudacomics.com/high_moon

Least I Could Do, Lar deSouza and Ryan Sohmer, www.leasticoulddo.com

Night Owls, Bobby and Peter Timony www.zudacomics.com/the_night_owls

PVP, Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOUR 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 by 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 Volume One: Beard 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 Books

• Laura Innes, The Dreamer, IDW

• Tim Sievert, That Salty Air, Top Shelf

• Bobby Timony, Night Owls, www.zudacomics.com

Congratulations to all the nominees!

• For additional information about the Harvey Kurtzman and the Harvey Awards, visit www.harveyawards.org.

• For additional information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, visit www.comicon.com/baltimore.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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