Welcome to the pageantry and passion of the Harveys! We’re here finishing up our crab cakes at the Banquet and awards administrator Paul McSpadden is welcoming attendees and thanking the sponsors. Soon we’ll have all the winners and moving moments as Vivek J. Tiwary hosts for the first time!
Vivek is up and he’s thankful and humbled. What a class act he is. He says it’s an important night in his life he’ll never forget. “When I got an email asking me to host the Harvey’s I thought it was an old friend from MTV and I was being punched. This seemed like a spoof or satire of my life. Those of ouyou who know me know I’m not particularly funny and I’m very long winded…so this could be the worst awards ever!” he jokes. Then a bit more serious, “Comics are an industry of passionate dreamers.” Yep, nailed it. Toward goes on to talk about his childhood love of comics, and although his parents didn’t quite approve once he walked into his bedroom and found them laughing outlaid over a copy of…Mad Magazine. Indeed Harvey Kurtzman’s legacy. He tells an anecdote about Kurtz,an: when he was four his father died, and his mother was forced to put her children into an orphanage because the family was so poor She worked for a year to get them back. “It may sound like a story with a happy ending, but if you think about it’s it’s a dramatic story,” said Tiwary recalling the death of both his parents in his 20s. He says his own daughter is about to turn 4m the same age when Kurtzman lost his own father. “I can see in her glimpses of who she will be, and to imagine her losing her father and going into an orphanage, is heartbreaking to even think about.”
It was this, Tiwary contends. that helped Kurtzman become the person who worked in comics and sought to entertain people, and followed his passion and dreams to become a creator. He also leads us in a toast to the memory of Kurtzman and the spirit of passionate dreaming.
First up is Charlie Kochman to present. The first winner is Best letterer!
Aubrey Aiese, LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box (BOOM! Studios)
Deron Bennett, HACKTIVIST, Archaia Black Label (BOOM! Studios)
Ed Dukeshire, THE WOODS, BOOM! Studios
Jack Morelli, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comic Publications
Josh Reed, DAMSELS IN EXCESS, Aspen
And Best Colorist:
Elizabeth Breitweiser, VELVET, Image Comics
Jordie Bellaire, MOON KNIGHT, Marvel Comics
Laura Martin, ARMOR HUNTERS, Valiant Entertainment
Dave Stewart, HELLBOY IN HELL, Dark Horse Comics
Matthew Wilson, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Image Comics
Tom Orzechowski comes up to accept! WHOA legendary letterer Tom Orz!
And followed by
BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL
DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
DILBERT, Scott Adams, Universal Uclick
FOX TROT, Bill Amend, Universal Uclick
GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, Universal Uclick
MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
Joe Staton accept the three-peat. He is such a gracious guy, and talented as well. “WE try to keep th spirit of Chester Gould Alive,” he says. “And we appreciate that you appreciate what we do.”
Michael Curtis also speaks recalling a childhood move and his mother’s comments, and promises that someday Dick tracy will be dragged to death behind a car. I think I missed something there, but being dragged to death behind a car IS traditional.
One other gentleman from the Tracy team comes up and announces that he will not be here if there’s a four peat.
Francesco Francavilla is up next to present! If yu have never met Francesco, he is from Italy and has a delightful accent that must be experienced in person. And the winner is:
BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK
ALBERT THE ALIEN, Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista, albertthealien.com
BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com
GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS, Danielle Corsetto, girlswithslingshots.com
SPACE MULLET, Daniel Warren Johnson, space-mullet.com
THE PRIVATE EYE, Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente, panelsyndicate.com
Francesco points out that these books are read around the world and he read some of them himself.
BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL
BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, Drawn & Quarterly
BLACKSAD: AMARILLO, Dark Horse
CORTO MALTESE: UNDER THE SIGN OF CAPRICORN, EuroComics/IDW
THE COLLECTOR, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Tom Orz is back! And he reads a greeting from editor Diana Schutz. But then he says he can’t read the speech because he doesn’t have the right glasses and aslibs “Thank you very much.” You had to be there.
Roger Langridge, JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Danny Miki, BATMAN, DC Comics
Mark Pennington, ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT, Valiant Entertainment
Joe Rivera, THE VALIANT, Valiant Entertainment
Wade Von Grawbadger, ALL NEW X-MEN, Marvel Comics
My stablemate Stuart Schreck is up to accept and he ad-libs that if there was a script he never got it but thank you very much.
Miek Gold is up to present the next batch of awards. The sound system seems to be defunct tonight and there is no jaunty music to guide presenters and winners and some of them move slowly. Gold suggest that you buy several banned books and donate one to the library and give some to your friends.
BEST NEW SERIES
BITCH PLANET, Image Comics
LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box (BOOM! Studios)
MS. MARVEL, Marvel Comics
SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Image Comics
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Image Comics
Strong win n a strong category!!!!
MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT
Steve Bryant, ATHENA VOLTAIRE COMPENDIUM, Dark Horse Comics
Daniel Warren Johnson, GHOST FLEET, Dark Horse Comics
Chad Lambert, “KILL ME” FROM DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Dark Horse Comics
Babs Tarr, BATGIRL, DC Comics
Jen Van Meter, THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE, Valiant Entertainment
This was a strange category…Lambert is in the house and confesses he looks a little old to be new but it’s all new to him, He thanks Dark Horse staff for making the dreams of a 44 year old wannabe come true.
Next up, we have humor in comic once again, Gold tells us.
SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS
James Asmus, QUANTUM AND WOODY, Valiant Entertainment
James Asmus & Fred Van Lente, THE DELINQUENTS, Valiant Entertainment
Ryan Browne, GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS, Image Comics
Fred Van Lente, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, Valiant Entertainment
Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS, Image Comics
Chip said he would not accept without Fraction. But no one from Image is here to accept — so hopefully more awards will be made.
NEXT UP Charles Kockhman yet again, to present the Hall of Fame Award to….Juels Feiffer. Kochman recalls reading THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES as a kid, and The Phantom Tollbooth. As well as Carnal Knowledge, Popeye, Little Criminals, the Village Voice…truly no one has EVER surpassed rules Feiffer for mastery of so many mediums. A nickeling standing for the great Feiffer. “Thank you this is wonderful,” says Feiffer. “There a little squib of Kirtzman on the screen from his Hey Look comic book before anyone knew who he was except for me and others in Will Eisner’s Office.” he recalls his youth having a job as the office wise guy and talking t Will Eisner about comics all the time.= and the future of the comics. It was an extraordinary background for me in terms of learning my craft and learning who I was and feeling the freedom to go anyplace I goddam wanted to. That was the atmosphere.” Hey Look blew Feiffer’s mind and taught him he wasn’t as cool as he thought he was. He couldn’t have done what he has without those two great influences of Eisner and Kurtzman. “They gave me permission. All of us who create need permission and then they take off. In my 80s I’ve been allowed to become an adventure cartoonist in the spirit of Will Eisner.”
Dean Haspiel is up next and no one will take over under on him taking off his shirt. “There’s a reason I’m wearing a button up shirt,” he says to woots from the crowd. HE teases that he would have done an act to The Time but instead delivers a speech about the late Seth Kushner “Who was a great photographer and a studio mate of ours. he is not alive to see his first graphic novel come out.” Dino brings it all around to the family of the Baltimore Comic Con, and how last year a charity auction was held, and Marc Nathan gave a check to Kushner’s family. “That’s what I wanted to say, ‘says dino. “you’ll see me naked later whatever, but to me Baltimore Comic Con is family and a room full of beautiful dreamers. Plus my thunder was stolen by Bloodshot an his pecs. ”
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS
JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box (BOOM! Studios)
SPONGEBOB COMICS, United Plankton Pictures
THIS ONE SUMMER, First Second Books
Brooke Allen and Boom’s Dafna PLeban are up and reprise the adorable fresh faced winners presentation from San Diego.
BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED
HIT: 1955 TP, BOOM! Studios
MOUSE GUARD: BALDWIN THE BRAVE AND OTHER TALES HC, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
RAI VOL. 1: WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN TP, Valiant Entertainment
SIX-GUN GORILLA TP, BOOM! Studios
THE LOVE BUNGLERS, Fantagraphics
David Petersen is on hand and dedicates the win to JK Rowling and Chaucer for “The Pardoner’s Tale.”
CORRECTION — this is the last award.
SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION
ARMOR HUNTERS, Josh Johns and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment
HARVEY KURTZMAN’S JUNGLE BOOK: ESSENTIAL KURTZMAN VOLUME 1, John Lind and Philip R. Simon, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Books
LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, and Chris Stevens, Locust Moon Press
JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW, Scott Newman, Archaia/BOOM! Studios
THE VALIANT, Kyle Andrukiewicz and Warren Simons, Valiant Entertainment
Not a surprising win, what an amazingly beautiful book. they thank Jim Rugg and Pete Maresca.
Nellie Kurtsman is up to give the Dick Girdano Hero Initiative Humanitarian award to Denis Kitchen! Kitchen jokes that “Did no one di a background check? Are you aware of the meaning of humanitarian?” He notes that one of the things he’s proud of is founding the Comic Book Legal Defense fund and is deeply humbled by the award.
Next up to present, Mouse Guard’s David Petersen. “I like that in our industry we don’t like things fade away we take the time to reprint them and let new audiences enjoy them.”
BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT
HARVEY KURTZMAN’S JUNGLE BOOK: ESSENTIAL KURTZMAN VOLUME 1, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Books
STERANKO NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ARTIST’S EDITION, IDW
THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS, Valiant Entertainment
VALIANT MASTERS: H.A.R.D. CORPS VOL. 1 – SEARCH & DESTROY, Valiant Entertainment
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK AND UNCLE SCROOGE: THE SON OF THE SUN (DON ROSA LIBRARY VOL. 1), Fantagraphics
As everyone know, Scott DUnbeir always wins this, but Dirk Wood and his mellifluous stylings is up, and says the second volumes i coming and you don’t seen nothing yet.
BEST COVER ARTIST
Mike Del Mundo, ELEKTRA, Marvel Comics
Francesco Francavilla, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comic Publications
Jenny Frison, REVIVAL, Image Comics
Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
Again — well deserved
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION
BACK ISSUES, Comic Pop
COMIC BOOK CREATOR, TwoMorrows Publications
HEROES OF THE COMICS: PORTRAITS OF THE LEGENDS OF COMIC BOOKS, Drew Friedman, Fantagraphics
MASTERFUL MARKS: CARTOONISTS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD, Monte Beauchamp, Simon & Schuster
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY, Andrew Farago, Insight Editions
Folks my battery is dying! So you’ll have to follow on tweets and a recap! Sorry!
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.