2008 Harvey Awards Winners

The Harvey Awards were presented Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

The winners this year were diverse, ranging across publishers and even media, with webcomics and online outlets successfully competing against traditional print publishers. All Star Superman was a favorite of voters, taking home three awards for Best Continuing or Limited Series, Best Artist, and Best Single Issue or Story for issue #8. Nicholas Gurewitch’s Perry Bible Fellowship won both Best Online Comics Work and Special Award for Humor.

Nick Cardy was honored with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award after a touching speech by friend and writer Todd DeZago. The Harvey Awards also thanks Brian Michael Bendis for his keynote address and Kyle Baker for serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man, Vertigo/DC Comics
Best Artist: Frank Quitely, All Star Superman, DC Comics
Best Cartoonist: Darwyn Cooke, The Spirit, DC Comics
Best Graphic Album – Original: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Oni Press
Best Graphic Album – Previously Published: Captain America Omnibus Volume 1, Marvel Comics
Best Domestic Reprint Project: Complete Peanuts, Fantagraphics Books
Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Eduardo Risso’s Tales of Terror, Dynamite Entertainment
Special Award for Humor: Nicholas Gurewitch, Perry Bible Fellowship, www.pbfcomics.com
Best Online Comics Work: Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch, www.pbfcomics.com
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: EC Archives, edited by Russ Cochran, Gemstone
Best Single Issue or Story: All Star Superman #8, DC Comics
Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation: Reading Comics: How Graphic Albums Work and What They Mean, Douglas Wolk, Da Capo Press
Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics
Best Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Best Colorist: Laura Martin, Thor, Marvel Comics
Best Inker: Kevin Nowlan, Witchblade, Top Cow/Image
Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate
Best Continuing or Limited Series: All Star Superman, DC Comics
Best New Series: Umbrella Academy, Dark Horse Comics
Best New Talent: Vasilis Lolos, Last Call, Oni Press
Best Anthology: Popgun Volume 1, edited by Joe Keatinge and Mark Andrew Smith, Image Books

And now, the editorial comments.

I was disappointed to see Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) shut out of the awards after being nominated for eight. I don’t know that his work was more deserving than the others that won, but he’d brought a lot of his family to see him. And I suspect the voters’ unfamiliarity with the work might have been a disadvantage, since many of the winners are “big names” from big traditional comic publishers.

I was also suprised to see so few winners attending the awards. I can maybe understand why a small publisher like Oni Press, located across the country from the show, wouldn’t send a representative, but someone like Mike Mignola, who was appearing at the show, not coming to the ceremony when nominated, I don’t get.

All I remember about Bendis’ keynote speech was him saying “Lawyer up” when Hollywood comes calling. Oh, and the cursing was completely unnecessary, especially since there was a kid in the room (who promptly left with Mom when he started). If these kinds of events are to be taken seriously, people participating in them need to act like adults, with a sense of decorum. At least Bendis didn’t wear shorts, like he did to the Eisners the last time I went.

Overall, though, it was a lovely evening, with a great group of people. The dinner was delicious, and it’s so nice to have that chance to relax and dine with industry people. (I sat next to Kyle Baker! Not for long, though, since I kept popping up to check on presenters.)

6 Responses to “2008 Harvey Awards Winners”

  1. John Says:

    I followed the link for Perry Bible Fellowship, having never heard of it, and I am sitting here shaking my head. I see no redeeming qualities in this strip at all, but maybe it’s just me. All I can say is that the competition must not have been very stiff this year.

    Then again, Best Syndicated Strip going to Doonesbury shows a lack of competition there as well. Doonesbury is good, but…

    Oh well, me and Award Presentations don’t always agree. :0)

    Cheers, JOHN :0)

  2. odessa steps magazine Says:

    Maybe Mignola had Orioles tickets.

    I know friends that have wanted to go with me to see Lucha in Tiajuana during SD, but they have the “misfortune” of usually being Eisner Nominees or Presenters. :>

  3. Johanna Says:

    It’s true, it’s difficult to plan things for a show that’s only got one proper evening (since Baltimore only runs Saturday and Sunday). But the Orioles played three times that weekend (and got rained out twice).

  4. odessa steps magazine Says:


    I know that, had I managed to get to the con, I probably would have ducked out of the show during mid-day to go watch some English futbol at one of the pubs with Future Mr. Beat.

    I don’t know why, but I’ve become more convinced over the years that it’s good to take a break during the show and just get out of the building for some palate cleansing. Of course, if you’ve got a table and are pimping wares, that’s a different story.

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