Saga & March Win Big At 2016 Harvey Awards

Last night, long-running industry honors The Harvey Awards were presented at the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con, and two best-selling critical darlings took home the top prizes.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' hit Image series "Saga" earned the Harvey for Best Continuing or Limited Series as well as for Best Writer and Best Artist. Meanwhile, Congressman John Lewis' civil rights memoir with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell "March Book II" from Top Shelf/IDW took home the award for Best Graphic Album Original as well as for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.

Those wins helped catapult Image tying to being the most honored publisher with five wins (the fifth was for BKV and Cliff Chiang's "Paper Girls" as Best New Series) alongside BOOM! Studios' five wins. And IDW nabbed the second most wins at four. Other publishers taking home multiple honors included Dark Horse Comic and Marvel Comics with two Harveys each. Notably absent from the winners was Valiant Entertainment, who dominated several nomination categories thanks to a wave of fan support during the open nominations process.

Named for legendary "MAD" cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards have been running since 1988. Heidi MacDonald at Comics Beat has a full report on the Harvey Awards ceremony. Here is a full list if winners from the Harvey Awards site hosted by the con:

Best Letterer: John Workman, RAGNAROK, IDW Publishing

Best Colorist: Laura Allred, SILVER SURFER, Marvel Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: BLOOM COUNTY, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick

Best Online Comics Work: BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, battlepug.com

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Tie: TWO BROTHERS, Dark Horse Books and CORTO MALTESE: BEYOND THE WINDY ISLES, IDW Publishing

Best Inker: Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, DC Comics

Best New Series: PAPER GIRLS, Image Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Tom King, THE VISION, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, HOWARD THE DUCK, Marvel Comics

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: LUMBERJANES, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: THE LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ AND AMAL, Iron Circus Comics

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, Scott Newman, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios

Best Domestic Reprint Project: CRIMSON VOL. 1, BOOM! Studios

Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions


Best Graphic Album Original: MARCH: BOOK TWO, Top Shelf Productions

Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, USAGI YOJIMBO

Best Single Issue or Story: PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, BOOM! Studios

Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Carl Barks, Al Jaffee

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Beth Widera

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Giella

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