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Mar
19

Twitter Picks Page Two Of The Harveys Ballot

The Harvey Awards is easily the most difficult comics award to vote on. Mainly this is a function of its two-tiered voting process. In addition to the usual final vote where folks select their favorites among a small pool of stand-out nominees, the Harveys have an initial round of voting during which the nominees themselves are chosen–among a pool of every single thing published during the calendar year.

Even if you’re reasonably up the previous year’s reading, it can be a daunting task just to remember what came out when and what the standouts were in each category. If you’re a bit behind reading-wise, it’s a near-impossible task to come up with a list of the best books of the previous year.

So just for fun I thought I’d put out the call on Twitter–one category a day–and see what the consensus opinion was for the categories listed on page two of the Harvey ballot.

First, though, a few things:

1) I only did the second page because the categories on that page are generally the ones that deal with books from 2011 rather than series. Since I tend to read the former, those are the categories I was most interested in. If there’s a good reaction to this post, I’ll consider doing page one as well.

2) This is obviously a 100% non-random survey. The people who received my call for opinions are people who have chosen to follow me on Twitter and (presumably) have some commonality in their tastes.

3) Some categories are more robust than others depending on all kinds of “Twitter factors.” For example, there’s a ton of Manga in the “US Edition of Foreign Material” category because my inquiry about it got a retweet from an influential Manga blogger/reviewer. Even random stuff like what time of day I put out the call affected feedback.

4) I felt weird about including Oyster War in the online comic category, but several people listed it in their replies. They were probably just being nice, but they listed it so I added it.

5) Most important: Let me know your picks in the comments, via Twitter, or via G+ and I”ll add to these!

So, here it is:

Best Single Issue or Story

  • L&R New Stories 4 – (Whole issue or just the Love Bunglers story) –Los Bros. Hernandez / Fantagraphics

  • Ganges 4 – Kevin Huizenga / Fantagraphics

  • Blast Furnace Funnies – Frank Santoro / PictureBox

  • King Cat 72 – John Porcellino / self-published

  • Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez / IDW

  • Spotting Deer – Michael DeForge / Koyama Press

Best Anthology

  • The Unexpected / Vertigo

  • Dark Horse Presents / Dark Horse

  • Astral Talk / Domino Books

  • Study Group Magazine 1 / Study Group

  • Thickness #2 / self-published

  • Thickness #1 / self-published

  • Not My Small Diary #16 / self-published

  • Fluke 2011 / self-published

  • So Buttons #4 / self-published

Best Graphic Album (Original)

  • Petrograd – Philip Gelatt Jr. / Oni Press

  • Homeland Directive – Robert Venditti / Top Shelf

  • Unspent Love – Shannon Gerard / Conundrum Press

  • Finder: Voice – Carla Speed McNeil / Dark Horse

  • One Soul – Ray Fawkes / Oni Press

  • Infinite Kung Fu – Kagan McLeod / Top Shelf

  • Gingerbread Girl – Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin / Top Shelf

  • Congress of the Animals – Jim Woodring / Fantagraphics

  • Habibi – Craig Thompson / Pantheon

  • Troop 142 – Mike Dawson / Secret Acres

Best Graphic Album (Previously Published)

  • The Death Ray – Dan Clowes / Drawn and Quarterly

  • Hark! A Vagrant – Kate Beaton / Drawn and Quarterly

  • The Smurfs Vol 4 : The Smurfette – Peyo / Papercutz

  • Donald Duck in the Andes – Carl Barks / Fantagraphics

  • Mr. Wonderful – Dan Clowes / Pantheon

  • Big Questions – Anders Nilsen / Drawn & Quarterly

  • Casanova (vol 1 & 2) – Matt Fraction, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba / Marvel

  • Daytripper – Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba / Vertigo

American Edition of Foreign Material

  • Color Engineering – Yuichi Yokoyama / PictureBox

  • The Man Who Grew His Beard – Olivier Schauwen / Fantagraphics

  • The Arctic Marauder – Jacques Tardi / Fantagraphics

  • PinocchioWinshluss / Last Gasp

  • A Bride’s Story – Kaoru Mori / Yen Press

  • Wandering Son (Book One) – Shimura Takako / Fantagraphics

  • No Longer Human – Usamaru Furuya (Vols 1 & 2) / Vertical

  • I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow – Shunju Aono (Vols 3 & 4) / Viz

  • Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths – Shigeru Mizuki / Drawn & Quarterly

  • Velveteen & Mandara – Jiro Matsumoto / Vertical

  • The Drops of God – Tadashi Agi & Shu Okimoto / Vertical

Best Domestic Reprint Project

  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley – Floyd Gottfredson / Fantagraphics

  • Pogo – Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Through the Wild Blue Wonder – Walt Kelly / Fantagraphics

  • Prince Valiant, vol 3/vol 4 – Harold Foster / Fantagraphics

  • Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol s 9-11 – Jesse Marsh / Dark Horse

  • Walt & Skeezix 5; Forgotten Fantasy: Sunday Comics 1900-1915 – Frank King / Drawn & Quarterly

  • Bob Powell’s Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Volume 2 – Craig Yoe/Bob Powell / IDW

  • Captain Easy: Solider of Fortune (Vol 2) – Roy Crane/Fantagraphics

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation

  • Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth / IDW
  • The Comics Journal #301 / Fantagraphics
  • Caniff / IDW
  • The Ink Panthers Show /Mike Dawson

Special Award for Humor in Comics

  • Ian Boothby – Simpsons Comics, Futurama Comics

  • Michael Kupperman – The Autobiography of Mark Twain 1910-2010

  • Sergio Aragones – Sergio Aragones Funnies

  • Roger Langridge – Snarked!

Best Online Comics Work

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation/Art Direction/Production

  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 1: Race to Death Valley – Floyd Gottfredson / Fantagraphics
  • The Incal Classic Collection / Humanoids

  • NoBrow 6 / Nobrow Press

  • Everything We Miss / Nobrow Press

  • Nipper 1965-1966 / Drawn and Quarterly

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel

  • Cul de Sac – Richard Thompson

  • Mutts – Patrick McDonnell

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