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June 30, 2009


Your 2009 Harvey Award Nominees

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The nominees for the 2009 Harvey Awards have been announced. The Harveys are voted on by eligible professionals and industry members, as opposed to the juried nomination process employed by the Eisner Awards. Multiple nominations went to Nat Turner, All-Star Superman, Zuda Comics and Buzzboy.

In fact, I'll freely admit I was most confused by the five nominations afforded Buzzboy, which I didn't know was still being done but I guess collected an older mini-series in 2008? The way that the nominations list the title suggests an ongoing -- can someone help with that? Was there an ongoing? Did the third issue of the Sidekicks series come out in 2008, maybe? I couldn't figure out from the site. I was also a little confused as to how quickly they had so much Harveys-related stuff actually on multiple pages of their site as opposed to something up via a blog or twitter, which makes me think the nominations must have been up for a few days...? I apologize for the lateness of this post, if that's the case. There's really no contextual help from the awards themselves, which seem to have tagged some odd books in odd ways -- Al Jaffee receiving individual nominations is awesome, but for work that appeared from 1957 to 1963? I'm confused.

Update: Buzzboy nexus and multiple nominee John Gallagher was able to clear up some of the confusion via e-mail this morning. As to what he had out, he sent the same reply to me he had e-mailed to Comics Worth Reading:
"Last year, I had two books that came out-- Kids Love Comics: Comic Book Diner which got most circulation through FCBD, and Buzzboy Sidekicks Rule #3, which was for sale at conventions and select shops across the country. Certainly not my fullest year for content. It did come out across the country last month through Diamond, but honestly, most of my books are not sold trough them-- so it is even possible that #2 was perceived as a 2008 book, as I was lucky enough to sell quite a few at Heroes Con, San Diego, Baltimore, The Miami Book Festival, and The Richmond Comic-Con, in your neck of the woods, in '08.

"I didn't complain about not being nominated in the past, so I certainly won't complain about being nominated now, I'm honored. But, personally, I think me being nominated for best writer against someone as fantastic as Grant Morrison is pretty silly, but I am proud that some of my fellow Sky-Dog creators and friends are nominated in their categories."
Asked if the FCBD effort contained Buzzboy material, Gallagher said it did. He also confirmed that although listed as a 2008 book, the collected Buzzboy Sidekicks volume did not come out in 2008, making the basis of the nominations the FCBD book and possibly material that was sold by hand.

Asked if they had encouraged voters or anything along those lines -- something past surprise nominees have done -- Gallagher said that they did nothing beyond the general encouragement of friends to get out the vote that they had done in the past, in years they were not nominated. He did point out that a lot of nominations went to all-ages material like Buzzboy, so that some of the voting may have come to his comics along those lines.

As to the how they got word up on their site so quickly, Gallagher explained that he saw that the Harvey site had the news at about 10:30 or so last night, and he got excited and got the notices up in the burst of adrenaline that followed.End Update

Ceremony host Scott Kurtz was nominated in two different categories.

The deadline for voting -- the process for which is described at the initial link -- is in late August. The winners will be announced in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, October 10-11.

I don't really understand the Harveys the way I used to understand and recognize their place in the comics firmament as 1) a process in contrast to the Eisners and 2) a collective, cohesive snapshot of nominees and winners, but it's nice to see an award nomination go to Jay Lynch's recent cover for Mineshaft, which has to be seen up close and in real-life to be appreciated.

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, Mineshaft #23, Mineshaft 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 Vol. 5, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, Villard
* MOME Vol. 10, edited by Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books
* Pixu #1, edited by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Self-Published
* Popgun Vol. 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, Oni Press
* 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 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 Vol. 3, Greg Rucka, Mike Norton, Steve Rolston, and Chris Samnee, Oni Press
* Tall Tales, Al Jaffee, Abrams Books
* Wondermark Volume One: 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 Books
* Laura Innes, The Dreamer, IDW
* Tim Sievert, That Salty Air, Top Shelf
* Bobby Timony, Night Owls, www.zudacomics.com

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