Valiant dominates 2016 Harvey nominations with 50 nods

 

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The 2016 Harvey nominations have just been announced, and as in past years, Valiant was the overwhelming favorite of the voting block with some 50 nominations out of some 142 total, including all but one nominees in five categories.

Despite appearances, nominees are not voted on by Valiant fans, but rather industry professionals via an online ballot.

The Harvey Awards may be voted on exclusively by Comic-Book creators, those who write, draw, ink, color, letter, design, edit, or are otherwise professionally involved in the creative aspect of comics, online or in print. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Thank you to all that have already participated by submitting a nomination ballot. Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Monday, August 8, 2016. Full submission instructions can be found on the final ballot.

Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field.

Despite the Valiant sweep, a few other books got attention, including Giant Days from Boom Box and The Vision and Silver Surfer from Marvel. In categories where there are no credible Valiant nominees, like Best Album, Reprint, the lists are actually not too bad.

The huge number of categories with more than five nominees in them tells me that there were a lot of ties because voting numbers were so low, I’m guessing single digits.And before you accuse Valiant of an organized campaign, bear in mind, their fans seem to be able to organize very well without any provocation. 

The Harvey nominations have always been problematic because of the ease of these kinds of voting blocs. The only thing that will change that is more people voting but the uninspiring lists of nominees year after year mean fewer people vote and you have all this.

Despite all this, the Harveys will be given away at the Baltimore Comicon on Saturday night, September 3rd and some people will have a great time, I’m sure. Congrats to all nominees.
BEST LETTERER

____ Aubrey Aiese, LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios
____ Dave Lanphear, DIVINITY, Valiant Entertainment
____ Patricia Martin, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, Valiant Entertainment
____ Dave Sharpe, NINJAK, Valiant Entertainment
____ John Workman, RAGNAROK, IDW Publishing

BEST COLORIST

____ Laura Allred, SILVER SURFER, Marvel Comics
____ Ulises Arreola, NINJAK, Valiant Entertainment
____ David Baron, DIVINITY, Valiant Entertainment
____ Jordie Bellaire, INJECTION, Image Comics
____ Laura Martin, RAGNAROK, IDW Publishing
____ Brian Reber, X-O MANOWAR, Valiant Entertainment

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL

____ BIZARRO, Dan Piraro, King Features Syndicate
____ BLOOM COUNTY, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
____ DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Content Agency
____ MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
____ PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephan Pastis, Universal Uclick
____ PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN, Dana Simpson, Universal Uclick
____ ZIPPY THE PINHEAD, Bill Griffith, King Features Syndicate

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

____ ALBERT THE ALIEN, Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista, albertthealien.com
____ BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com
____ BLOOM COUNTY 2015, Berkeley Breathed, gocomics.com/bloom-county
____ OH JOY SEX TOY, Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, ohjoysextoy.com
____ ZOMBIE BOY, Mark Stokes, zombieboycomics.com

BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL

____ CORTO MALTESE: BEYOND THE WINDY ISLES, IDW Publishing
____ ONE PUNCH MAN, Viz
____ THE REALIST, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
____ SHOWA 1953-1989: A HISTORY OF JAPAN, Drawn & Quarterly
____ TWO BROTHERS, Dark Horse Books

BEST INKER

____ Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, DC Comics
____ Seth Mann, NINJAK, Valiant Entertainment
____ Danny Miki, BATMAN, DC Comics
____ Tom Palmer, BLOODSHOT REBORN, Valiant Entertainment
____ Joe Rivera, THE VALIANT, Valiant Entertainment
____ Ryan Winn, DIVINITY, Valiant Entertainment

BEST NEW SERIES

____ ARCHIE, Archie Comics
____ BLOODSHOT REBORN, Valiant Entertainment
____ GIANT DAYS, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios
____ PAPER GIRLS, Image Comics
____ THE VISION, Marvel Comics

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT

____ Raul Allen, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, Valiant Entertainment
____ Robert Gill, BOOK OF DEATH, Valiant Entertainment
____ Tom King, THE VISION, Marvel Comics
____ Dan Mora, KLAUS, BOOM! Studios
____ Lissa Treiman, GIANT DAYS, BOOM! Studios

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

____ James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE!, Valiant Entertainment
____ Elliott Kalan, UNITY #25, Valiant Entertainment
____ Michael Kupperman, UNITY #25, Valiant Entertainment
____ Rafer Roberts, X-O MANOWAR #38, Valiant Entertainment
____ Fred Van Lente, IVAR, TIMEWALKER, Valiant Entertainment
____ Chip Zdarsky, HOWARD THE DUCK, Marvel Comics

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS

____ GIANT DAYS, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios
____ LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios
____ THE ONLY LIVING BOY, Bottled Lightning
____ OVER THE GARDEN WALL, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
____ SPACE DUMPLINS, Scholastic Graphix

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

____ BLOODSHOT REBORN VOL. 1: COLORADO TP, Valiant Entertainment
____ DIVINITY DELUXE EDITION HC, Valiant Entertainment
____ IVAR, TIMEWALKER VOL. 1: MAKING HISTORY TP, Valiant Entertainment
____ THE LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ AND AMAL, Iron Circus Comics
____ NINJAK VOL. 1: WEAPONEER TP, Valiant Entertainment
____ THE VALIANT DELUXE EDITION HC, Valiant Entertainment

SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

____ BLOODSHOT REBORN, Rian Hughes, Jeff Lemire, Warren Simons, and Kyle Andrukiewicz, Valiant Entertainment
____ BOOK OF DEATH, Tom Muller, Dylan Todd, Warren Simons, and Travis Escarfullery, Valiant Entertainment
____ DIVINITY, Tom Muller, Warren Simons, Dylan Todd, and Matt Kindt, Valiant Entertainment
____ NINJAK, Rian Hughes, Tom Muller, Matt Kindt, Warren Simons, and Tom Brennan, Valiant Entertainment
____ PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, Scott Newman, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
____ THE VALIANT, Rian Hughes, Paolo Rivera, Dylan Todd, Warren Simons, and Kyle Andrukiewicz, Valiant Entertainment

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

____ ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: THE COMPLETE CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC, Valiant Entertainment
____ CRIMSON VOL. 1, BOOM! Studios
____ QUANTUM AND WOODY BY PRIEST & BRIGHT VOL. 1: KLANG TP, Valiant Entertainment
____ QUANTUM AND WOODY BY PRIEST & BRIGHT VOL. 2: SWITCH TP, Valiant Entertainment
____ QUANTUM AND WOODY BY PRIEST & BRIGHT VOL. 3: AND SO… TP, Valiant Entertainment

BEST COVER ARTIST

____ David Aja, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
____ Raul Allen, IVAR, TIMEWALKER, Valiant Entertainment
____ Mike Del Mundo, ELEKTRA, Marvel Comics
____ Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, DIVINITY, Valiant Entertainment
____ David Lafuente, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, Valiant Entertainment
____ Lewis LaRosa, NINJAK, Valiant Entertainment
____ Paolo Rivera, THE VALIANT, Valiant Entertainment
____ Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
____ Matt Taylor, ARCADIA, BOOM! Studios

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION
 
____ THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD: 2005-2015, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
____ THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING COMICS, Random House/Watson Guptill
____ MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions
____ PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
____ THE REALIST, Archaia/BOOM! Studios

BEST ANTHOLOGY

____ DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
____ FRESH ROMANCE, Rosy Press
____ ISLAND, Image Comics
____ PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios
____ THE 27 CLUB, A COMIC ANTHOLOGY, Red Stylo Media
 
BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM ORIGINAL

____ CAPTIVE OF FRIENDLY COVE, Fulcrum Publishing
____ FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Top Shelf/IDW Publishing
____ LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
____ MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions
____ NANJING: THE BURNING CITY, Dark Horse Comics
____ THE NEW DEAL, Dark Horse Books
____ TWO BROTHERS, Dark Horse Books

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

____ BITCH PLANET, Image Comics
____ BLOODSHOT REBORN, Valiant Entertainment
____ BOOK OF DEATH, Valiant Entertainment
____ DIVINITY, Valiant Entertainment
____ GIANT DAYS, BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
____ NINJAK, Valiant Entertainment
____ SAGA, Image Comics
____ SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Image Comics
____ THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, Marvel Comics

BEST WRITER

____ Jason Aaron, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Image Comics
____ Jeff Lemire, BLOODSHOT REBORN, Valiant Entertainment
____ Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
____ Mark Waid, ARCHIE, Archie Comics
____ G. Willow Wilson, MS. MARVEL, Marvel Comics

BEST ARTIST

____ Greg Capullo, BATMAN, DC Comics
____ Jason Latour, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Image Comics
____ Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
____ Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
____ Mico Suayan, BLOODSHOT REBORN, Valiant Entertainment

BEST CARTOONIST

____ Asaf Hanuka, THE REALIST
____ Matt Kindt, UNITY #25
____ Michael Kupperman, UNITY #25
____ Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING
____ Rafer Roberts, X-O MANOWAR #38
____ Stan Sakai, USAGI YOJIMBO

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

____ BLOODSHOT REBORN #1, Valiant Entertainment
____ BOOK OF DEATH #1, Valiant Entertainment
____ PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, BOOM! Studios
____ SILVER SURFER #11, Marvel Comics
____ THE VALIANT #4, Valiant Entertainment
____ WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1, Valiant Entertainment

 

Comments

  1. Paul says

    Seriously? They think that four of the nine best continuing or limited series were Valiant titles? And four of the six best single issue or story???
    Um… I’m glad that they are enjoying the Valiant titles so much, but it makes me wonder how diverse (in terms of taste) the judges were this year. There were a LOT of great comics this past year… some of them were even published by companies other than Valiant!

  2. jacob goddard says

    Oof.
    Has Fantagraphics ever been completely shut out before?
    Only one nom for Drawn and Quarterly?

  3. says

    That is a lot of nominations for comics that don’t sell very well. I can’t give them away. I don’t know about the Harvey Awards…..

  4. says

    I’m not overly concerned about this one way or another, but since fans can’t vote for the Harvey’s I’m not sure why they are brought up in this situation. This could be an organized campaign or maybe Valiant staff and pro’s voted for their own books and very few people not associated with Valiant bother to vote at all.

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