Thursday, June 01, 2006

2006 Harvey Award Predictions

The nominees for this year's Harvey Awards are...

BEST WRITER

□ Brian Michael Bendis | NEW AVENGERS
Marvel Comics
□ Ed Brubaker | CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel Comics
□ Joshua Hale Fialkov | ELK’S RUN
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ Mike Mignola | BPRD
Dark Horse Comics
□ Alex Robinson | TRICKED
Top Shelf

My choice: I'd have to go with Mike Mignola.
Bendis is good but NEW AVENGERS? For a Harvey??? DAREDEVIL, maybe.
And I haven't been reading CAPTAIN AMERICA.
Where's Grant Morrison for SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL-STAR SUPERMAN?


BEST ARTIST

□ Frank Cho | SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL
Marvel Comics
□ David Finch | NEW AVENGERS
Marvel Comics
□ Eduardo Risso | 100 BULLETS
DC/Vertigo
□ Noel Tuazon | ELK’S RUN
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ J.H. Williams III
PROMETHEA, ABC/WildStorm/DC Comics

Eduardo Risso's on the ballot. Good luck to everyone else!
Seriously, though, this could be a good year for J.H. Williams since the last issue of PROMETHEA was very original and he delivered some nice work on SEVEN SOLDIERS #0 (which, again, isn't mentioned).


BEST CARTOONIST

□ Frank Cho | SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL
Marvel Comics
□ Chris Eliopoulos | FANTASTIC FOUR PRESENTS: FRANKLIN RICHARDS, SON OF A GENIUS
Marvel Comics
□ John Kovalic | DORK TOWER
Dork Storm Press
□ Seth | WIMBLEDON GREEN
Drawn and Quarterly
□ Chris Ware | ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY # 16
ACME Novelty Library

Darwyn Cooke for SOLO would be a nice addition. As would Mike Allred for SOLO.
I expect Bill Willingham to be on here next year with SHADOWPACT.
This year, I'm betting on Frank Cho.


BEST LETTERER

□ Chris Eliopoulos | FANTASTIC FOUR PRESENTS: FRANKLIN RICHARDS, SON OF A GENIUS,
Marvel Comics
□ Jason Hanley | ELK’S RUN
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ Todd Klein | MARVEL 1602: NEW WORLD
Marvel Comics
□ Richard Starkings | SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL
Marvel Comics
□ Chris Ware | ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY # 16
ACME Novelty Library

No idea.

BEST INKER

□ Charles Burns | BLACK HOLE # 12
Fantagraphics Books
□ Scott Hanna | ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
Marvel Comics
□ Steve Leialoha | FABLES
DC/Vertigo
□ Paul Neary | ULTIMATES 2
Marvel Comics
□ Tim Townsend | HOUSE OF M
Marvel Comics

Charles Burns.

BEST COLORIST

□ Frank D’Armata | NEW AVENGERS
Marvel Comics
□ Jason Keith | SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL
Marvel Comics
□ Laura Martin | ASTONISHING X-MEN
Marvel Comics
□ Patricia Mulvihill | 100 BULLETS
DC/Vertigo
□ Jennifer Rodgers | THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS
Archaia Studios Press

Where's Laura Allred? I'll go with Patricia Mulvihill.
Hmmm... SHANNA seems pretty popular with the Harveys...


BEST COVER ARTIST

□ Frank Cho | SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL
Marvel Comics
□ Steve Epting | CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel Comics
□ James Jean | FABLES
DC/Vertigo
□ Mike Mignola | HELLBOY: THE ISLAND
Dark Horse
□ Datsun Tran | ELK’S RUN
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics

Look! Another SHANNA entry! James Jean'll probably get this one.

BEST NEW TALENT

□ Joshua Hale Fialkov | ELK’S RUN
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ David Hine | DAREDEVIL: REDEMPTION
Marvel Comics
□ R. Kikuo Johnson | NIGHT FISHER
Fantagraphics Books
□ A. David Lewis | THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS
Caption Box/Archaia Studios Press
□ Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | MARVEL KNIGHTS FOUR
Marvel Comics

I haven't seen any of these guys' works.

BEST NEW SERIES

□ BAOBAB | Fantagraphics Books
□ DRAMACON | Tokyopop
□ MARVEL ADVENTURES: FANTASTIC FOUR | Marvel Comics
□ THE SURROGATES | Top Shelf
□ YOUNG AVENGERS | Marvel Comics
□ X-FACTOR | Marvel Comics

If I had to choose... X-FACTOR.

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

□ ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY | ACME Novelty Library
□ CAPTAIN AMERICA | Marvel Comics
□ ELK’S RUN | Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ RUNAWAYS | Marvel Comics
□ Y: THE LAST MAN | DC/Vertigo

No 100 BULLETS? No DAREDEVIL? No NEXTWAVE? No FABLE? And I guess SHANNA didn't qualify for this one...
I'd have to go with Y: THE LAST MAN.


BEST SYNDICATED STRIP OR PANEL

□ THE BOONDOCKS | Aaron McGruder
Universal Press Syndicate
□ THE K CHRONICLES | Keith Knight
Self-syndicated
□ MAAKIES | Tony Millionaire
Self-syndicated
□ MUTTS | Patrick McDonnell
King Features Syndicate
□ THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN | Stan Lee and Larry Leiber
King Features Syndicate

There's a new SPIDER-MAN strip? If there is, I vote for it on principle alone.

BEST ANTHOLOGY

□ FLIGHT, VOL. 2 | Image Comics
□ MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2005 | Marvel Comics
□ MARVEL MONSTERS: WHERE MONSTERS DWELL | Marvel Comics
□ MOME | Fantagraphics Books
□ PROJECT SUPERIOR | AdHouse
□ SOLO | DC Comics

SOLO!!!

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – ORIGINAL

□ COMBAT ZONE | Marvel Comics
□ THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS | Caption Box
□ NIGHT FISHER | Fantagraphics Books
□ TRICKED | Top Shelf
□ WIMBLEDON GREEN | Drawn and Quarterly

Never seen these.

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

□ BLACK HOLE | Pantheon Books
□ DAISY KUTTER | Viper Comics
□ LATE BLOOMER | Fantagraphics Books
□ RUNAWAYS, VOLUME 1 HARDCOVER | Marvel Comics
□ STOKER’S DRACULA | Marvel Comics

BLACK HOLE.

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

□ ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY # 16
ACME Novelty Library
□ CAPTAIN AMERICA # 7
Marvel Comics
□ ELK’S RUN # 3
Hoarse and Buggy Productions/Speakeasy Comics
□ HOUSE OF M # 8
Marvel Comics
□ LOVE AND ROCKETS, VOLUME 2, # 15
Fantagraphics Books

SOLO #7.
Oh... wait... It's not listed...
Guess I'll go with LOVE AND ROCKETS.


BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

□ FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS | Marvel Comics
□ MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS, VOLUME 1
Marvel Comics
□ LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND: SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS
Sunday Press Books
□ COMPLETE PEANUTS | Fantagraphics Books
□ WALT AND SKEEZIX | Drawn and Quarterly

Domestic? This mean they're house broken?
COMPLETE PEANUTS.


BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL

□ BAOBAB # 1 | Fantagraphics Books
□ BLAME! | Tokyopop
□ BUDDHA | Vertical Books
□ EPILEPTIC | Pantheon Books
□ PUSH MAN AND OTHER STORIES | Drawn and Quarterly

Again, not familiar with these.

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

□ ACHEWOOD | Chris Onstad
www.achewood.com
□ AMERICAN ELF | James Kochalka
www.americanelf.com
□ PENNY ARCADE | Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
www.penny-arcade.com
□ PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP | Nicholas Gurewitch
www.thepbf.com
□ PVP | Scott Kurtz
www.pvponline.com

PVP's gonna win, of course.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

□ Kyle Baker | PLASTIC MAN
DC Comics
□ James Kolchalka | SUPER F*CKERS
Top Shelf and www.americanelf.com
□ John Kovalic | DORK TOWER
Dork Storm Press
o Marc Sumerak | FANTASTIC FOUR PRESENTS: FRANKLIN RICHARDS, SON OF A GENIUS
Marvel Comics
□ Zeb Wells | NEW WARRIORS
Marvel Comics

Give it to Kyle Baker again. Just proves that critically successful books aren't always commercially successful. Maybe if they collect his run in trades he'll find a better audience.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

□ WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION
DC Comics
□ ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY | Pantheon Books
□ EARTH X HARDCOVER | Marvel Comics
□ FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS | Marvel Comics
□ LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND: SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS
Sunday Press Books

WATCHMEN.

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

□ ALTER EGO | TwoMorrows
□ COMIC BOOK ARTIST | Top Shelf
□ COMICS JOURNAL | Fantagraphics Books
□ MARVEL SPOTLIGHT | Marvel Comics
□ WIZARD | Wizard Entertainment

ALTER EGO.

Anybody else?

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