Comic Professionals came together Saturday night, September 6, 2014 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2014 Harvey Awards, sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios and Comic WOW!, Silver Sponsors Akuna Entertainment, ComicMix, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Insight Studios Group; Painted Visions Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Valiant; and Gift Bag Sponsors Abrams ComicArts, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, Del Rey Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, First Second, Popfun Collectibles, and Valiant Entertainment. The banquette to honor those nominated and the winners in more than 20 categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.
Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics, and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one the industries oldest and most respected awards.
Writer and Executive Producer Michael Uslan, best know as the man behind the Batman series of movies, acted as host and Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.
Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2014 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams ComicArts; Archie Comic Publications; BOOM! Studios; Dark Horse Comics; DC Entertainment; Del Rey Publishing; Dynamite Entertainment; First Second; Popfun Collectibles; and Valiant Entertainment.
This year’s winners include:
Best Letterer: Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
Best Colorist: Dave Stewart, HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, Dark Horse Comics
Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
Best Online Comics Work: BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, http://www.battlepug.com/
Best American Edition of Foreign Material: ATTACK ON TITAN, Kodansha
Best Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics
Best New Series: SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics
Most Promising New Talent: Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics
Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
Best Graphic Album Previously Published: MOUSE GUARD VOL. 3: THE BLACK AXE, BOOM! Studios/Archaia
Best Anthology: DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse
Best Domestic Reprint Project: BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation: THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse Comics
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL COMICS WENT UNDERGROUND, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
Best Original Graphic Album: THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY, Dark Horse Comics
Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Best Cartoonist: Paul Pope, BATTLING BOY, First Second
Best Single Issue or Story: Pizza is my Business, HAWKEYE # 11, Marvel Comics
Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Charles M. Schulz
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Stan Goldberg
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Herb Trimpe
In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con would like to thank those individuals who presented at this year’s award ceremony, including: Joe Morciglio, Matt Gagnon, Gerhard, Denis Kitchen, Lora Innes, Fred Hembeck, Cully Hamner, Tom Brevoort, Nick Barrucci, Warren Simons, Laura Martin, Peter Tomasi, Steve Geppi, Louise Simonson, Dave Bullock, and John Cassaday. We would also like to thank Mark Wheatley for his contributions to our voting ballots, program guide for the evening, and awards ceremony presentation, and Glenn Hauman for his “web mastery”.
The Baltimore Comic will host the Harvey Awards for the ninth year during the 16h annual show, taking place September 25-27, 2015.