The 2018 New York Comic Con will be here before you know it and this is one of the prestigious honors that is given out based on efforts in the medium and we proudly share the nominees for this years Harvey Awards with our readership.
The Press Release:
The Harvey Awards today revealed the nominees and new categories debuting at the 30th anniversary celebration of the awards. The new award categories include: Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga and Best European Book. Voting is now open to eligible industry professionals.
“We are proud to announce the nominees for the new slate of Harvey Awards. By opening up the process to librarians, educators, retailers and more, we believe that we have an accurate representation of this year’s best graphic works,” said Nellie Kurtzman, co-chair of the Harvey Awards Steering Committee.
“ReedPOP is thrilled to help honor the life and work of the great Harvey Kurtzman by spotlighting the best that this medium has to offer,” said Lance Fensterman, Global President of ReedPOP. “I wish all of our wonderful nominees the best of luck and look forward to the winners being announced at our gala event on the Friday of New York Comic Con.”
Details for the gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Harvey Awards were also announced today. ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, will host a gala event on Friday, October 5th at Shop Studios (528 W 39th St) at 8:30pm to present this year’s awards and honor the life and work of Harvey Kurtzman.
The nominees for the new slate of categories for the Harvey Awards include:
Book of the Year:
BLACK HAMMER: SECRET ORIGINS by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly)
EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle (Drawn and Quarterly)
KINDRED by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)
LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW by Katie Green (Lion Forge)
MONSTRESS by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
ROUGHNECK by Jeff Lemire (Gallery 13)
SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (DC Comics)
SPINNING by Tillie Walden (First Second)
THE BEST WE COULD DO by Thi Bui (Abrams Books)
THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG by Mimi Pond (Drawn and Quarterly)
THE FLINTSTONES by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC Comics)
THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang (First Second)
Digital Book of the Year:
BANDETTE by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
BARRIER by Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate)
CHECK, PLEASE!: #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu (checkpleasecomic.com)
NOT DRUNK ENOUGH by Tess Stone (ndecomic.com)
THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY by Katie O’Neill (teadragonsociety.com)
Best Children or Young Adult Book:
BRAVE by Svetlana Chmakova (JY)
REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and LeUyeun Pham (First Second)
SPINNING by Tillie Walden (First Second)
THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang (First Second)
THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)
Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel:
ATOMIC BLONDE (Focus Features) – Directed by David Leitch. Adapted from “The Coldest City” (Oni Press)
BLACK PANTHER (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Ryan Coogler. Adapted from “Black Panther” (Marvel Comics)
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Chris McKay. Adapted from “Batman” (DC Comics)
LOGAN (20th Century Fox) – Directed by James Mangold. Adapted from “Wolverine” (Marvel Comics)
MY FRIEND DAHMER (FilmRise) – Directed by Marc Meyers. Adapted from “My Friend Dahmer” (Abrams ComicArts)
PREACHER (AMC) – Developed by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. Adapted from “Preacher” (DC/Vertigo)
RIVERDALE (The CW) – Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Adapted from “Archie” (Archie Comics)
THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD (Netflix) – Written by Charlie Covell. Adapted from “The End of the F***ing World” (Fantagraphics)
THOR: RAGNAROK (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Taika Waititi. Adapted from “Thor” (Marvel Comics)
WONDER WOMAN (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Patty Jenkins. Adapted from “Wonder Woman” (DC Comics)
MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND by Gengoroh Tagame Anne Ishii (Pantheon Graphic Library)
MY HERO ACADEMIA by Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Media)
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas)
TOKYO GHOUL by Sui Ishida (Viz Media)
YOUR NAME by Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (Yen Press)
Best European Book:
AUDUBON: ON THE WINGS OF THE WORLD by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer (Nobrow)
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CASS ELLIOT BEFORE THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN by Jean-Pierre Gibrat (IDW)
THE GHOST OF GAUDI by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias (Magnetic Press)
THE LADIES IN WAITING by Santiago García and Javier Olivares (Fantagraphics)
Nominees for this year’s awards were selected by a handpicked group of diverse industry voices and will be voted on by eligible industry professionals. Utilizing ReedPOP’s extensive network of comic and industry professionals, attendees who have been previously approved for a Pro Badge or Artist Alley Badge at a 2016, 2017 or 2018 ReedPOP comic convention (New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, C2E2) are automatically eligible to cast their ballot. Voting will conclude on September 3rd.
Select professionals from ReedPOP’s industry network and Artist Alley have already been pre-approved to vote on this year’s awards and will be receiving invites to cast their vote today. Those professionals wanting to apply to participate in selecting this year’s Harvey Awards, please visit here.
The Harvey Awards, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, honors achievement in comic books across a variety of categories and represents one of the industry’s largest annual events. The Harveys have long recognized comic book excellence – honoring industry professionals in the United States and internationally. Named after Harvey Kurtzman, the late famed comic genius who is best remembered for creating MAD, the Harveys are returning to the birthplace of comics and the lifelong home of Kurtzman himself– New York City.
For more information about Harvey Kurtzman and the Harvey Awards, please visit harveyawards.com or the Harvey Awards social media pages (Facebook and Twitter). The 2017/2018 Harvey Awards Steering Committee is chaired by Nellie Kurtzman along with noted industry veterans John Lind and Chip Mosher.
New York Comic Con is the ultimate pop culture destination event in the United States. NYCC brings the best of comics, television, film, exhibitors, celebrities, cosplay, anime, and more to create memorable, uniquely exciting experiences for our fans. These experiences transcend beyond the walls of the Javits Center – throughout Hell’s Kitchen – and continue to live beyond the weekend of NYCC through online world of ReedPOP digital content.
For a full list of content at New York Comic Con and for more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com and NYCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
About Harvey Kurtzman:
Harvey Kurtzman (1924–1993), creator of MAD and Playboy’s “Little Annie Fanny,” was a cartoonist and pop culture icon. Among the most influential American satirists, he was known for his visionary abilities that encompassed author, artist, designer, and editor, and used those skills in some capacity in almost every project he was involved in. Kurtzman is an inductee of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame (1989), and the comics industry’s Harvey Awards, presented annually since 1988, are named in his honor.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions – the world’s leading events organizer. Launched in 2006, the group has become the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe as well as a full service digital content provider and media company. Delivering once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences curated specifically for localized audiences, ReedPOP currently features events in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India, Africa and Australia, including: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX West, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), MCM Comic Con, BookCon, Oz Comic Con, Eurogamer Expo (EGX), Comic Con India, Comic Con Paris, Comic Con Seoul, Comic Con Africa, Star Wars Celebration, and ComplexCon. In addition to organizing and managing events, ReedPOP also runs and operates the Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading gaming websites including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun and GamesIndustry.Biz. The staff at ReedPOP are a fan-based, globally focused group of professionals that are uniquely qualified to build and serve the communities with whom they share a common passion.(www.reedpop.com).
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: That’s some list for sure and let me offer up a couple of the titles that I hope bring home the award. With “Best Book” I’d vote for “Monstress” or “The Flintstones” (yeah and I mean it since that title is so damned good). I’d also choose either “Black Panther”, “Logan” or “Thor: Ragnarok” when it comes to “Best Adaptation from A Comic Book/Graphic Novel”. The other categories are a little out of my scope but if you are well-versed in them I’d love to hear which ones you hope bring home a Harvey Award. Now I will be attending the upcoming New York Comic Con as a member of the press and since I plan on a lot of posting across my social networks I’d ask that you follow PiercingMetal on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you aren’t already doing so. See you next time and good luck to all nominees for the 2018 Harvey Awards.