BOOM! Studios receives 30 Harvey Award Nominations

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Press Release

Publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it has earned 30 nominations for the 2014 Harvey Awards, which honor the best in comics for the 2013 calendar year. The nominations include honors for titles published under BOOM! imprints Archaia and KaBOOM! This is the most amount of nominations the publisher has ever earned in a single year.

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

The nominations for titles published by BOOM! Studios and its imprints include:

  • Best Artist
    Jeff Stokely for SIX-GUN GORILLA
  • Best Cartoonist
    David Petersen for MOUSE GUARD: THE BLACK AXE (Archaia)
  • Best Letterer
    Deron Bennett for CYBORG 009 (Archaia)
    Steve Wands for ADVENTURE TIME (KaBOOM!)
    Britt Wilson for ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE (KaBOOM!)
  • Best Inker
    Vanesa R. Del Rey for HIT
    Brian Stelfreeze for DAY MEN
  • Best Cover Artist
    Goñi Montes for CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT
    Brian Stelfreeze for DAY MEN
  •  Most Promising New Talent
    Jeff Stokely for SIX-GUN GORILLA
  • Best New Series
    SIX-GUN GORILLA
    SUICIDE RISK
  • Best Continuing or Limited Series
    HIT
    MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2 (Archaia)
  • Best Anthology
    MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2 (Archaia)
    SPERA VOL. 3 (Archaia)
    THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR (Archaia)
  • Best Graphic Album – Original
    CYBORG 009 (Archaia)
    THE REASON FOR DRAGONS (Archaia)
  • Best Graphic Album – Previously Published
    THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 (Archaia)
    MOUSE GUARD VOL. 3: THE BLACK AXE (Archaia)
    POLARITY
  • Best Single Issue or Story
    ADVENTURE TIME 2013 ANNUAL #1 (KaBOOM!)
    SUICIDE RISK #5
  • Best Domestic Reprint Project
    FRAGGLE ROCK CLASSICS VOL. 2 (Archaia)
  • Best American Edition of Foreign Material
    THE KILLER VOL. 4 (Archaia)
  • Special Award for Humor in Comics
    Ryan North for ADVENTURE TIME (KaBOOM!)
  • Special Award for Excellence in Presentation
    CYBORG 009, Edited by Stephen Christy, Designed by Jon Adams (Archaia)
    THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, Edited by Joe LeFavi, Designed by Scott Newman (Archaia)
  •  Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
    ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 1: PLAYING WITH FIRE (KaBOOM!)

“I couldn’t be happier—and couldn’t be prouder—to see our creators and our team here at BOOM! earn all of these nominations” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Last year, with titles like POLARITY, SUICIDE RISK, and HIT, we got into a rhythm with our originals that we were really pleased with, and the industry seemed to feel the same way. Couple that with bringing Archaia into the fold with their slate of beautiful books like MOUSE GUARD, THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, and CYBORG 009, and 2013 was a very strong year for us. It’s just so gratifying to have all the hard work from our creators and our team recognized like this.”

The rest of the 2014 nominees can be seen on the final ballot on the Harvey Awards official website. Voting is open to comic book creators (those who write, draw, ink, color, letter, design, edit or are involved in the creative aspect of comics) until August 14, 2014. The 27th Annual Awards will be presented at a ceremony held at Baltimore Comic-Con on September 6th, 2014.

For more information, visit www.harveyawards.org/.

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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

ABOUT THE HARVEY AWARDS
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 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 book professionals.Beginning in 1988 at the Chicago Comic-Con, the Harveys enjoyed runs at the Dallas Fantasy Fair, Oakland’s Wondercon, the Pittsburgh Comicon, and the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art. In 2005, the Harveys have joined the Baltimore Comic-Con, held each year at the Baltimore Convention Center. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

The Harvey Awards are presented annually to those creators and publications that receive the most votes from their peers in the comics industry. At the beginning of each year, nominating ballots are sent to comics professionals and publishers. Qualifying professionals are able to nominate up to five entries in each category. The top five nominees, plus ties, in each category are placed on the final ballot, which is mailed in the Spring. Final ballots are returned one month later and the votes are tabulated. Winners are announced each year at the Harvey Awards banquet.

The Harvey Awards Executive Committee, or subgroups of the Executive Committee, oversees the publication and mailing of the nominating ballots, tabulation of the nominees, publication and mailing of the final ballot, tabulation of the final votes and organization and presentation of the awards. The Executive Committee does not nominate candidates for the Harvey Awards, nor engage in selection of the candidates or winners. This is done solely through votes cast by the comics professionals who choose to participate in the process.

Ballots are made available to all qualifying comics professionals, either directly from the Harvey Awards Executive Committee, or from publishers who receive bundles of ballots and disseminate them to professionals in their employ.

The Harvey Awards Executive Committee and its subgroups work strictly on a volunteer basis. The Harveys employ no paid staff and are completely funded from the generous donations of its sponsors.