It’s not even bordering along an East Coast bias. These, the 27th annual award results, are not necessarily a rival against any other such medium centered ceremonies. Not even by the votes allowable by professional industry peers. And on a Saturday night, on a Sept.’s Eastern Standard time, those votes rendered the winning recipients for 2014 Harvey Awards.
On Sept. 7 in Baltimore, Maryland that night made categorical upsets of some prior odds-favored nominations which were prior ballot upsets themselves. Michael Uslan (“Constantine”, “Batman: Year One”), executive producer notably credited on Batman films, was the Guest Host and Master of Ceremony for the evening.
From the year’s early winter preamble ballots to an early Fall when naming the recipient nominations took place, the overall timeline inevitably gave way that night to reveal a compilation of winning nominees incidentally opting a Dark Horse revival winnings and a retaining Image.
An Image Comics getting second impressions within the winner circles.
Like the two-peat set by the sci-fi epic SAGA. Last year’s multiple Harvey-winning sci-fi series faced off category plethoras stapled in the upper loomed forerunners owned by Boom!/Archaia and Valiant. Instead Image Comics had a full comeback rundown by its recently defining best-seller titles in rookie publication or ongoing best sellers. Those Image titles were able lance Best New Series (Sex Criminals), Most Promising New Talent (Chip Zdarsky), Best Cover Artist (Fiona Staples), Best Continuing or Limited Series (SAGA), Best Writer (Brian K. Vaughn) and Best Artist (Fiona Staples). All wins being pincer highlights brought on by titular pairing SAGA and Sex Criminals. While this was one sweeping streak constellating the more-to-come, the Charm City-hosted comic books awards had further highlights to deliver around the comics-star arrayed night.
Beyond the Image Comics primary comeback there broke out more upset wins peaking widespread upset nominations.
Valiant and Boom! Studios were the pre-Sept. 6 nominee moguls going into the night. Instead the detective dramatic Sex Criminals beat out Valiant’s doubling down nominees Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody for Most Promising New Talent, with writer Chip Zdansky claiming the award. Again, a rundown of nominee inclusion by Boom! listed within Best Cartoonist, Best Graphic Album Previously Published, Best Anthology or Best Letterer. Instead there on reaped a Dark Horse.
The near thirty-years founded and Oregon-based publisher claimed Best Colorist (Dave Stewart), Best Anthology (Dark Horse Presents), Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation and Best Original Graphic Album (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story). Dark Horse’s ambitious non-fiction documentarian-styled hardcover that opens a dynastic discourse on the publication eepoch known as Marvel Comics. Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground won two Harveys: Best Domestic Reprint Project; Special Award for Excellence in Presentation.
Big shares in the big wins fostered in winner bestowments to Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics turned the 2014 page in medium outlook by its own peers. But there was a still a Boom! in the awards-doling room. And where its imprints and Boom! Studios itself were lead nominations, empty-handed wasn’t a Harvey state of affairs for the publisher. A rack up of Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers and Special Award for Humor in Comics frames Adventure Time‘s duo wins while Boom!/Archaia have a cheers with a Best Graphic Album Previously Published (Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe).
Momentous achievement awards gilded the awards evening along with Keynote Speaker Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Secret Six).
In its first year inducting a perennial in sequential arts the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award was named to the late Charles M. Schultz, creator for the globally iconic Peanuts gang comic strip.
The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award has been the second headline within mere weeks for D.C. Metro/Baltimore guest and comic book artist Herb Trimpe, well-recognized giving Hulk volumes a distinct flare.
Distinction from the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award was posthumously given to long-standing comic books artist and distinguished Archie Comics veteran Stan Goldberg, who passed away in Sept. of 2014.
With all the hooplah surrounding SAGA and Sex Criminals, stand-outs came with publishers building a name through their brand titles.
Millenial-started First Second Books won Best Cartoonist (Paul Pope). More well-known for its queue of ambitious, vanguard storied titles, Abstract Studios recieved Best Letterer (Terry Moore). On the Best American Edition of Foreign Material the international anime hit Attack on Titan brandished a comic book format win for Kodansha.
The Harveys were not without the presence of the major icons. In this case outshining Spider-Man, Captain America but not the X-Men. Best Single Issue or Story was awarded to the Avengers’ Archer’s titular Hawkeye, for the comics issue “Pizza is My Business”. Again for Marvel Comics the All New X-Men scored Best Inker (Wade Von Grawbadger).