Congratulations Team Tracy on 2014 Harvey Award!

HarveyAwardsLogoThe Depot sends out heart-felt congratulations to Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for winning their second straight Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel”.  The win was announced at the Baltimore Comic-Con where Mike, Joe and the rest of the team have been in attendance.

Here’s a full list of the 2014 Harvey Winners:

  • Best Letterer: Terry Moore for Rachel Rising, Abstract Studio
  • Best Colorist: Dave Steward, Hellboy: The Midnight Circus, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Syndicated Strip: Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for Dick Tracy, Tribune Media Services
  • Best Online Comics Work: Battle Pug by Mike Norton,
  • Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Attack on Titan, Kodansha
  • Best Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger, All New X-Men, Marvel Comics
  • Best New Series: Sex Criminals, Image
  • Best New Talent: Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals, Image Comics
  • Special Award for Humor in Comics: Ryan North for Adventure Time from KaBoom
  • Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Adventure Time from KaBoom
  • Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Mouse Guard Vol #3: The Black Axe, Boom! Studios/Archaia
  • Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award: Won posthumously by Stan Goldberg and received by Dan Parent.
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Domestic Reprint Project: Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse
  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic  Presentation: The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse
  • Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Comics Went Underground, John Lind, Kitchen Sink Books/Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Graphic Album, Original: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Dark Horse Comics
  • Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Image Comics
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hero Initiative: This award was given to a very deserving Herb Trimpe whom many might know for his defining work on The Hulk and Wolverine
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
  • Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga, Image Comics
  • Best Cartoonist: Paul Pope, Battling Boy, First Second
  • Best Single Issue or Story: “Pizza is My Business“, Hawkeye #11, Marvel Comics

In addition to the above award winners, the very first Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Awards was presented to “Peanuts” creator Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz.  Karen Johnson, director of the Schulz Museum and Research Center accepted the award on behalf of the late cartoonist and his family.

“Jeannie Schulz’ suggested a quote from Sparky,” said Johnson when accepting the award. “Sparky said I want to be remembered as EB White remembered James Thurber: “He wrote like a child who could skip a rope.

“Peanuts,” is without a doubt one of the greatest comic strips since the dawn of the art form and Schulz’s characters and we applaud the committees choice for their very first Hall of Fame winner.

Fearless Fosdick

FearlessFosdickEarlier this year struggling comic strip writer Vera Alldid introduced Dick Tracy to parody of himself in the form of J Straightedge Trustworthy.  Mike Curtis and Joe Staton gave us Straightedge’s insulting funny paper appearance in full form one Sunday in March and long time readers know this is not the first time we’ve seen a strip inside the Dick Tracy comic.  Tracy’s creator Chester Gould featured two fictional strips himself during the 60’s and 70’s.  The first was Sawdust, written by Chet Jade who was himself a parody of Gould.  In Sawdust, many motes of sawdust (dots on paper) tell wood themed jokes and the lovely Moon Maid later became a key writer of Sawdust strip.  The other comic within a comic was Vera Alldid’s first strip, The Invisible Tribe.  A lazily drawn comic strip that mimicked Alldid’s demeanor, the Invisible Tribe featured invisible characters telling jokes to each other.

While continuing the tradition of a strip within a strip, Alldid’s J Straightedge Trustworthy is also homage to Al Capp’s famous Dick Tracy parody, Fearless Fosdick.  As Li’l Abner’s favorite comic crime fighter and “ideel” role model, Fosdick first appeared in 1942 and was promptly shot. Fosdick could not be bothered by “mere scratches” however, and reported back to his corrupt Chief and over the next decade went on to battle an absurd succession of Dick Tracy-esque enemies like Rattop, Bombface, the Chippendale Chair and Sidney the Crooked Parrot.


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2014 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced

harvey_nominee_logoCongratulations again this year to Mike Curtis and Joe Staton, who have been nominated for the 2014 Harvey Award for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel.  Team Tracy won the 2013 award, a first for the Dick Tracy comic strip and the Depot wishes them luck as they try to make it two in a row.

The Harvey Awards are a leading comic award that is presented each year at the Baltimore Comic-Com and recognizes outstanding work in comics and sequential art in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993).  Nominations are chosen by and voted on by other comic book professionals (i.e. those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit and otherwise create), meaning the honors are given out, not by fans, but by peers in industry.

The full list of nominees for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” are,

  1. Dick Tracy, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
  2. Fox Trot, Bill Amend, Universal Uclick
  3. Get Fuzzy, Darby Conley, Universal Uclick
  4. Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
  5. The Phantom, Tony DePaul and Paul Ryan, King Features Syndicate

Balloting will continue until Monday, August 18th and while we are of course rooting for Mike and Joe there is some good competition with Get Fuzzy and the perennial favorite Mutts back on the ballot along with long loved Fox Trot and adventure strip, The Phantom.  Winners will be revealed on September, 6, 2013 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Tracy Crossover Hits the Stands

DickAnnieSilJust a quick update for those who love to see our favorite detective making the news outside of a Wendy Wichel hatchet job.  The New York Times ran a story today (June 24th) on the Dick Tracy’s search for the missing Annie.  Those with a New York edition of the paper can find it in print on page C3.  (Hopefully Mike and Joe get a copy)  The rest of us can read George Gene Gustine’s article on their ArtsBeat blog here.  We here are particularly interested in what art changes we might see when Annie arrives.

The Time’s isn’t the only one printing some words on old Tracy.  Chris Sims of Comics Alliance has written an article on Dick’s quest to solve the mystery of Annie’s abduction cliffhanger, calling this the Crossover of the Year.  Chris writes from the perspective of a non-regular Tracy/Annie reader and just might make you chuckle.  Give it a read if you have the time.  Cheers.

6/28/14 Update

Sam Tweedle of Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict has a great interview with both Mike and Joe about the Annie storyline and how the strip is progressing.  As is always the case with Sam’s work, it’s a great interview.  Check it out!


The Philadelphia Experiment and Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower

twoTowersSo far we’ve just been teased but something fantastic seems to be happening at Diet Smith Industries. Joe Staton’s June 18th rendering of Diet Smith’s new tower project bears a resemblance to Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower. Funded by a Diet like predecessor, J.P. Morgan, Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower was a pilot plant for a worldwide system of wireless towers that could provide electricity wirelessly through the atmosphere and possibly control the weather and communicate text and images across the globe. Out of this world concepts in 1900 and exciting even today. Unfortunatly for Tesla, Guglielmo Marconi’s far cheaper invention of the trans-Atlantic wireless telegraph signal effectively ended his dreams of a wirelessly powered planet. While we are simply basing this theory on a single strip panel, this does sound like something Diet might be interested in. Plus it gives us a chance to plug our favorite Damn Interesting website where you can read more about Tesla’s Tower of Power!

Today (June 19th), Diet Smith told Oliver Warbucks and Dick Tracy of his plans to recreate the Philadelphia Experiment, an alleged 1943 military experiment involving invisibility, teleportation and possibly time-travel. There are many competing stories on the experiment, which involved enveloping the USS Eldridge in an invisibility field. This field was created by bending light around the Navy Destroyer. According to unified field theory, the process of bending light also bends space-time which can cause teleportation and time-travel. The USS Eldridge is said to have vanished from Philadelphia, teleported briefly to Norfolk Virginia and returned, with many crew members made sick, crazy or embedded into bulk heads. If Diet is trying to re-create this experiment, we wonder which parts he’s really interested in and hope he’s keeping his employees safe! I’m sure all these answers will be coming soon and we can’t wait to see what’s really going on!