For years The Harvey Awards were a mainstay of Baltimore Comic-Con, but two years ago, awards show announced that they were leaving and restructuring. Leaving many wondering what was going to become of the popular (if not lengthy) comic book and science fiction awards show. Then last year came the official announcement, that ReedPOP was bringing the full Harvey Awards ceremony to New York Comic Con. Over the summer nominations were opened and last month the Harvey team resurfaced, not only confirming that the 30th year of the awards are to be held next month at the Javitz Center, but also revealing fewer awards categories will more book categories.

From Press Release

THE HARVEY AWARDS  NOMINEES FOR 2018

Winners will be announced at the 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 5th during ReedPOP’s New York Comic Con

The Harvey Awards revealed the nominees and new categories debuting at the 30th anniversary celebration of the awards. The new award categories include: Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga and Best European Book.

Details for the gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Harvey Awards were also announced today. ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, will host a gala event on Friday, October 5th at Shop Studios (528 W 39th St) at 8:30pm to present this year’s awards and honor the life and work of Harvey Kurtzman.

The nominees for the new slate of categories for the Harvey Awards include:

  • Book of the Year

    • BLACK HAMMER: SECRET ORIGINS by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
    • BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly)
    • EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
    • HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle (Drawn and Quarterly)
    • KINDRED by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)
    • LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW by Katie Green (Lion Forge)
    • MONSTRESS by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
    • MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
    • ROUGHNECK by Jeff Lemire (Gallery 13)
    • SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (DC Comics)
    • SPINNING by Tillie Walden (First Second)
    • THE BEST WE COULD DO by Thi Bui (Abrams Books)
    • THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG by Mimi Pond (Drawn and Quarterly)
    • THE FLINSTONES by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC Comics)
    • THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang (First Second)
  • Digital Book of the Year

    • BANDETTE by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
    • BARRIER by Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate)
    • CHECK, PLEASE!: #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu (checkpleasecomic.com)
    • NOT DRUNK ENOUGH by Tessa Stone (ndecomic.com)
    • THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY by Katie O’Neill (teadragonsociety.com)
  • Best Children or Young Adult Book

    • BRAVE by Svetlana Chmakova (JY)
    • REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and LeUyeun Pham (First Second)
    • SPINNING by Tillie Walden (First Second)
    • THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang (First Second)
    • THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)
  • Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel

    • ATOMIC BLONDE (Focus Features) – Directed by David Leitch. Adapted from “The Coldest City” (Oni Press)
    • BLACK PANTHER (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Ryan Coogler. Adapted from “Black Panther” (Marvel Comics)
    • THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Chris McKay. Adapted from “Batman” (DC Comics)
    • LOGAN (20th Century Fox) – Directed by James Mangold. Adapted from “Wolverine” (Marvel Comics)
    • MY FRIEND DAHMER (FilmRise) – Directed by Marc Meyers. Adapted from “My Friend Dahmer” (Abrams ComicArts)
    • PREACHER (AMC) – Developed by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. Adapted from “Preacher” (DC/Vertigo)
    • RIVERDALE (The CW) – Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Adapted from “Archie” (Archie Comics)
    • THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD (Netflix) – Written by Charlie Covell. Adapted from “The End of the F***ing World” (Fantagraphics)
    • THOR: RAGNAROK (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Taika Waititi. Adapted from “Thor” (Marvel Comics)
    • WONDER WOMAN (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Patty Jenkins. Adapted from “Wonder Woman” (DC Comics)
  • Best Manga

    • MY BROTHER’S HUSBAND by Gengoroh Tagame Anne Ishii (Pantheon Graphic Library)
    • MY HERO ACADEMIA by Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Media)
    • MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas)
    • TOKYO GHOUL by Sui Ishida (Viz Media)
    • YOUR NAME by Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (Yen Press)
  • Best European Book

    • AUDUBON: ON THE WINGS OF THE WORLD by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer (Nobrow)
    • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CASS ELLIOT BEFORE THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
    • FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN by Jean-Pierre Gibrat (IDW)
    • THE GHOST OF GAUDI by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias (Magnetic Press)
    • THE LADIES IN WAITING by Santiago García and Javier Olivares (Fantagraphics)

Nominees for this year’s awards were selected by a handpicked group of diverse industry voices and will be voted on by eligible industry professionals. Utilizing ReedPOP’s extensive network of comic and industry professionals, attendees who have been previously approved for a Pro Badge or Artist Alley Badge at a 2016, 2017 or 2018 ReedPOP comic convention (New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, C2E2) are automatically eligible to cast their ballot. (The voting period ended on September 3rd).

Select professionals from ReedPOP’s industry network and Artist Alley have already been pre-approved to vote on this year’s awards and will be receiving invites to cast their vote today. Those professionals wanting to apply to participate in selecting this year’s Harvey Awards, please visit here.

 

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