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2004 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

Official Press Release

NEW YORK - New York City hosts the Tony Awards for Broadway, the MTV Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards. This year, the Big Apple will also host the most prestigious award ceremony for graphic storytelling, the Harvey Awards. The new Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, set to open in October 2004, will host the 17th Annual Harvey Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 26, as part of the Third Annual MoCCA Art Festival.

More than ever before, the Harveys reflect the full diversity of the comics industry. Comics from twenty-three separate publishers have been nominated, a Harveys record. The Harveys are the only industry award chosen from start to finish solely by industry professionals, and this year the voters found comics and creators of note across the artistic spectrum.

The nominees for the 2004 Harvey Awards are:

Best Writer

Chester Brown | "Louis Riel"

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

Gilbert Hernandez | "Love & Rockets"

Fantagraphics Books

Alan Moore | "Promethea"

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Brian Vaughn | "Y: The Last Man"

DC Comics

Mark Waid | "Fantastic Four"

Marvel Comics

Best Artist

Charles Burns | "Black Hole"

Fantagraphics Books

Jaime Hernandez | "Love & Rockets"

Fantagraphics Books

George Perez | "Avengers / JLA"

DC Comics / Marvel Comics

Craig Thompson | "Blankets"

Top Shelf Productions

Ashley Wood | "Popbot"

IDW Publishing

Best Cartoonist

Chester Brown | "Louis Riel"

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

Charles Burns | "Black Hole"

Fantagraphics Books

Jaime Hernandez | "Love & Rockets"

Fantagraphics Books

Jeff Smith | "Bone"

Carton Books

Craig Thompson | "Blankets"

Top Shelf Productions

Special Award for Humor in Comics

Jimmy Gownley | "Amelia Rules"

Renaissance Books

Sam Henderson | "Magic Whistle"

Alternative Comics

Batton Lash | "Supernatural Law"

Exhibit A Press

Tony Millionaire | "Sock Monkey"

Dark Horse Comics

Johnny Ryan | "Angry Youth Comics"

Fantagraphics Books

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation

"Acme Novelty Datebook" | Chris Ware

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Popbot" | Ashley Wood

IDW Publishing

"Project Telstar"

Ad House Books

"Quimby the Mouse" | Chris Ware

Fantagraphics Books

"Yossel" | Joe Kubert

edited by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

ibooks

Best New Series

"Belly-Button" | Sophie Crumb

Fantagraphics Books

"Human Target" | Peter Milligan and Javier Pulido

DC Comics

"Love Fights" | Andi Watson

Oni Press

"Plastic Man" | Kyle Baker

DC Comics

"Pogo Stick" | Al Columbia and Ethan Persoff

Fantagraphics Books

Best Continuing or Limited Series

"Black Hole" | Charles Burns

Fantagraphics Books

"League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II" | Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

"Love and Rockets" | Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

edited by Gary Groth

Fantagraphics Books

"Promethea" | Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

"Supernatural Law" | Batton Lash

Exhibit A Press

Best Single Issue or Story

"Astro City" Vol. 3, #2 | Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson

Homage / Wildstorm / DC Comics

"Black Hole" #11 | Charles Burns

Fantagraphics Books

"CSI: Serial" #1-5 | Max Allan Collins and Gabriel Rodriguez

IDW Publishing

"Gotham Central" #6-10 | Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

DC Comics

"Love & Rockets" #9 | Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

Fantagraphics Books

"Quicken Forbidden" #12 | Dave Roman and John Green

Cryptic Press

"Supernatural Law" #38 | Batton Lash

Exhibit A Press

Best Graphic Album of Original Work

"Blankets" | Craig Thompson

Top Shelf Productions

"The Fixer" | Joe Sacco

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Nightmare Alley" | Spain Rodriguez

Fantagraphics Books

"Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place" | Brian Azzarello and Joe Kubert

DC Comics

"Yossel" | Joe Kubert

ibooks

Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work

"Louis Riel" | Chester Brown

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Palomar" | Gilbert Hernandez

Fantagraphics Books

"Quimby the Mouse" | Chris Ware

Fantagraphics Books

"Summer of Love" | Debbie Dreschler

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Vic & Blood" | Harlan Ellison with Richard Corben

ibooks

Best Anthology

"Comics Journal 2003 Winter Special"

edited by Gary Groth

Fantagraphics Books

"Drawn & Quarterly" #5

edited by Chris Oliveros

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Kramer's Ergot" #4

edited by Sammy Harkham

Avodah Books *

"Nickelodeon Magazine: Comics in Nickelodeon"

edited by Chris Duffy

Nickelodeon

"Project Telstar"

edited by Chris Pitzer

Ad House Books

Best Inker

Charles Burns | "Black Hole"

Fantagraphics Books

Mick Gray | "Promethea"

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Jaime Hernandez | "Love & Rockets"

Fantagraphics Books

Jimmy Palmiotti | "Two-Step"

Cliffhanger / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Scott Williams | "Batman"

DC Comics

Best Letterer

Todd Klein | "Promethea"

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Clem Robbins | "100 Bullets"

Vertigo / DC Comics

Robbie Robbins | "Dark Days"

IDW Publishing

Dave Sim | "Cerebus"

Aardvark-Vanaheim

Richard Starkings | "Superman / Batman"

DC Comics

Best Colorist

Jeremy Cox | "Promethea"

America's Best Comics / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Bill Crabtree | "Invincible"

Image Comics

Alex Sinclair | "Arrowsmith"

Cliffhanger / Wildstorm / DC Comics

Dave Stewart | "Beware The Creeper!"

DC Comics

Chris Ware | "Acme Novelty Datebook"

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel

"Doonesbury" | G.B. Trudeau

Syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate

"Maakies" | Tony Millionaire

Syndicated by the Artist

"Mutts" | Patrick McDonnell

Syndicated by King Features Syndicate

"Underworld" | Kaz

Syndicated by the Artist

"Zippy" | Bill Griffith

Syndicated by King Features Syndicate

Best Biographical, Historical Or Journalistic Presentation

Comic Art Magazine

Comic Art

Comic Book Artist

TwoMorrows / Top Shelf

The Comics Journal

Fantagraphics Books

Stan Lee: And the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book

Chicago Review Press

Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art

Fantagraphics Books

Best American Edition of Foreign Material

"Bloody Streets of Paris" | Jacques Tardi

edited by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

ibooks

"5 is a Perfect Number" | Igort

Drawn & Quarterly Publishing

"Icaro" | Jiro Taniguchi and Moebius

edited by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

ibooks

"Iron Wagon" | Jason

edited by Kim Thompson

Fantagraphics Books

"Persepolis" | Marjane Satrapi

Pantheon Books

Best Domestic Reprint Project

"Cat on a Hot Thin Groove" | Gene Deitch

edited by Gary Groth

Fantagraphics Books

"Honour Among Punks" | Gary Reed and Guy Davis

ibooks

"Krazy and Ignatz" | George Herrimann

edited by Kim Thompson

Fantagraphics Books

"Al Capp's Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years"

edited by Denis Kitchen

Dark Horse Comics

"Spirit Archives" | Will Eisner

edited by Dale Crain

DC Comics

"Vietnam Journal" | Don Lomax

edited by Hilary Hughes and Dwight Jon Zimmerman

ibooks

Best New Talent

"Teratoid Heights" | Matt Brinkman

Highwater Books *

"Unlikely" | Jeffrey Brown

Top Shelf Productions

"Belly-Button Comix" | Sophie Crumb

Fantagraphics Books

"Same Difference and Other Stories" | Derek Kirk-Kim

Alternative Comics *

"Sweater Weather" | Sarah Varon

Alternative Comics *

Best Cover Artist

Charles Burns | "Black Hole"

Fantagraphics Books

Tomer Hanuka | "BiPolar"

Alternative Comics

Adam Hughes | "Wonder Woman"

DC Comics

Dave Johnson | "100 Bullets"

Vertigo / DC Comics

Alex Ross | "Astro City"

Homage / DC Comics

* Entries marked with an asterisk (*) are books that are also subdistributed by Top Shelf Productions.

The nominees for 2004 demonstrate how varied the medium of graphic storytelling has become. Sales of comic books and graphic novels have more than tripled in the last year. Harveys researcher and comic authority Douglass Barre said, "This year's nominations celebrate the diversity of our industry from the most mainstream hits to the most alternative voices. In 2004, comic book professionals honored more publishers with Harvey nominations than in any year before."

Harveys design director Dave Bissel said, "As a graphic artist, it's really gratifying to see so many different creators get the recognition and respect of their peers. Congratulations to everyone."

This year's awards dinner will feature New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (Sandman: Endless Nights, Stardust, American Gods, Neverwhere) as keynote speaker, and Staten Island's own Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese, Dork) as emcee. The dinner ceremony will be held at New York City's historic Puck Building, home to the 2004 MoCCA Art Festival. Sponsorship packages are now available to all wishing to attend.

"We're honored to welcome the Harvey Awards home to New York," said Lawrence Klein, MoCCA Chairman. "Not only was New York home to Harvey Kurtzman, for whom the awards are named, but New York is the birthplace of modern comic and cartoon art."

Special thanks to the following professionals for official verification and fact checking:

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About the Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards are one of the comics industry's oldest and most respected awards. The Harvey's recognize outstanding achievements in 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic professionals.

About MoCCA

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, located at 594 Broadway in SoHo, is the newest addition to New York City's cultural landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art, the Museum celebrates the unique creative achievements of graphic storytelling

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