The 2012 Harvey Awards were given out on Saturday night at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The big winner was the superhero favorite DAREDEVIL with four wins for Best Series, Best New Series, Best Inker and Best Writer. Kate Beaton won three, with Best Online Comics Work, the Special Award for Humor, and Best Cartoonist. Jim Henson’s TALE OF SAND by Ramon Perez, also won two, Best Original Graphic Album and Best Story.
All the winners and Beaton’s reaction below:Beaton wasn’t there to pick up her awards, but responded to the win on her tumblr:
Every comics award is done in different ways, nominated and judged by different groups of people. The Harveys have the distinction, to my knowledge, of being the only award where nominations are made and judged solely by professionals within the comics industry itself. It is the ultimate recognition by your peers, those who know your craft better than anyone. I feel like I have not mentioned much about being nominated this year or the last because I am wary of the appearance of campaigning, and I think Canadians are born with a natural urge to bury achievements under the rug. But, it doesn’t mean I am not grateful. To have won these awards is touching, and reaffirming, and I was not expecting so much faith in my work, but I thank you for your votes and your confidence. God knows, I am not the greatest cartoonist drawing breath at the moment, but I will try to always improve, and produce the best work I am capable of. I hope that I live up to your present opinion in further endeavors.
BEST LETTERER – Chris Eliopoulos for “FEAR ITSELF”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST COLORIST – Dave Stewart for “HELLBOY: THE FURY”, published by Dark Horse Comics
BEST SYNDICATED STRIP – “CUL DE SAC”, by Richard Thompson, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK – “HARK! A VAGRANT”, by Kate Beaton, harkavagrant.com; print edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL – “THE MANARA LIBRARY, VOLUME 1: INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES”, published by Dark Horse Comics
BEST INKER – Joe Rivera for “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST NEW SERIES – “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT – Sara Pichelli, for “ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN”, published by Marvel Comics
SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS – Kate Beaton for “HARK! A VAGRANT”, harkavagrant.com; printed edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS – “ANYA’S GHOST”, published by First Second
BEST ANTHOLOGY – “DARK HORSE PRESENTS”, published by Dark Horse Comics
BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT – “WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR, ARTIST’S EDITION”, published by IDW
BEST COVER ARTIST – J. H. WILLIAMS for “BATWOMAN”, published by DC Comics
SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION – “WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR, ARTIST’S EDITION”, published by IDW
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC ALBUM – “JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND”, published by Archaia Entertainment
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL,HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION – “GENIUS ISOLATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF ALEX TOTH”, published by IDW
BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED – “THE DEATH RAY”, published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES – “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST WRITER – Mark Waid for “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST ARTIST – J. H. Williams for “BATWOMAN”, published by DC Comics
BEST CARTOONIST – Kate Beaton for “HARK! A VAGRANT”, harkavagrant.com; printed edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY – “JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND”, published by Archaia Entertainment
During the ceremony, Joe Kubert was posthumously awarded Hero Initiative‘s Dick Giordano Humanitarian of The Year Award, and John Romita Jr. won the Hero Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.