Good luck and congratulations for the fourth year in a row to Mike Curtis and Joe Staton who have been nominated for the 2016 Harvey Award for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel. Team Tracy has won the award for each of the last three years (2013-2015) are in the running to be the only comic strip other than Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) to have won four consecutive years 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 professions (i.e. those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, edit and otherwise create), meaning the honors are given out by peers in the industry.
This year there are seven nominees, a couple more than normal. The full list of nominees for “best Syndicated Strip or Panel” are,
- Dick Tracy, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
- Bizarro, Dan Piraro, King Features Syndicate
- Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
- Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis, Universal Uclick
- Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate
- Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Dana Simpson, Universal Uclick
- Zippy and the Pinhead, Bill Griffith, King Features Syndicate
Competition looks fierce this year with some fresh challengers and balloting will continue until August 8th. As is tradition, all Harvey awards will be presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con taking place September 2nd-4th. I have not heard one way or another but in previous years Mike and Joe have both been in attendance and would expect the tradition to continue.
The Depot is extremely excited and congratulates Joe Staton, Mike Curtis and their fantastic team for winning a third straight “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” Harvey Award! The win was announced at the Baltimore Comic-Con‘s award ceremony where Mike and Joe were on hand to receive the award. Taking home the comic strip honors over the likes of Dilbert, Foxtrot, Get Fuzzy and Mutts is an amazing achievement.
Here’s a full list of the 2015 Harvey Winners:
- Best Letterer: Jack Morelli for Afterlife with Archie, Archie Comic Publications
- Best Colorist: Dave Steward, HELLBOY IN HELL, Dark Horse Comics
- Best Syndicated Strip: Joe Staton and Mike Curtis for Dick Tracy, Tribune Media Services
- Best Online Comics Work: The Private Eye by Brian K Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente
- Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad: Amarillo, Dark Horse
- Best Inker: Danny Miki, Batman, DC Comics
- Best New Series: Southern Bastards, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, Image Comics
- Best New Talent: Chad Lambert for “Kill Me” from Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
- Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarksy for Sex Criminals, Image Comics
- Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Lumberjanes, BOOM! Box
- Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales, Boom! Studios/Archaia
- Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens, Locus Moon Press
- Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award: Prsented by Nelli Kurtzman, this award presented to Denis Kitchen.
- Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
- Best Domestic Reprint Project: Steranko Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Artist’s Edition, IDW
- Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
- Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, Andrew Farago, Insight Editions
- Best Graphic Album, Original: Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, Archaia/Boom! Studios
- Best Continuing or Limited Series: SAGA, Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Image Comics
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hero Initiative: This award was given Russ Heath who is most well known for his DC Comics War Stories and Playboy’s Little Annie Fanny.
- Best Writer: Mark Waid, Daredevil, Marvel Comics
- Best Artist: Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics
- Best Cartoonist: Terry Moore, Rachel Rising, Abstract Studios
- Best Single Issue or Story: “Breaking Out”, DARK HORSE PRESENTS #35, Dark Horse Comics
In addition to the above award winners, the second and third Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Awards were presented to Jules Feiffer and Will Eisner, early American cartoonists. Will and Jules created The Spirit (1940-1952) which was noted for its experiments with content and form that proved to be a springboard for later comics.
Good luck and congratulations for the third year in a row to Mike Curtis and Joe Staton who have been nominated for the 2015 Harey Award for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel. Team Tracy has won the award in both 2013 and 2014 and are only the 3rd comic strip to have won in consecutive years. We wish them luck as they try to make it three years in a row!
The Harvey Awards are a leading comic award dthat 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 professions (i.e. those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, edit and otherwise create), meaning the honors are given out by peers in the industry.
The full list of nominees for “best Syndicated Strip or Panel” are,
- Dick Tracy, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
- Dilbert, Scott Adams, Universal Uclick
- Fox Trot, Bill Amend, Universal Uclick
- Get Fuzzy, Darby Conley, Universal Uclick
- Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features SYndicate
Competition looks fierce this year with some well known challengers and balloting will continue until the end of August and this year the Baltimore Comic-Con will take place September 25-27th. I have not heard one way or another but in previous years Mike and Joe have both been in attendance.
Four years ago Joe Staton and Mike Curtis took Dick Tracy’s reigns from the retiring hands of Dick Locher and what a thrilling four years it has been. We’ve seen villains new and old, mixed together in original and complex plots that challenge the full detective crew, their friends and family. We’ve seen history and character development that has long been absent and seen crossovers, tributes and homages that help to pull in new fans. Each summer we look forward to the now annual summer blockbuster and subsequent Harvey Award nomination and win. Mike has moved the stalled Dick Tracy story forward with unrestricted direction and purpose and Joe’s artwork far exceeds anything we could have ever hoped for.
On behalf of myself and the Depot (which is myself), a big thank you to my favorite comic strip duo and the whole Dick Tracy team, including Shelley Pleger, Shane Fisher and Jim Doherty. The last four years of skillfully crafted crime fighting adventure have been a pleasure and I fully expect to be celebrating this March 14th anniversary for many years to come.
Happy 4 Years!
– Jeremy @ the Depot
The city of Woodstock, Illinois has declared February 22 Chester Gould Day in honor of a documentary airing on the local WTTW-Channel 11 that day about the late Chester Gould. Titled “Chester Gould: An American Original”, the documentary follows the celebrated cartoonist’s life from his childhood in Oklahoma to the farm where he and his wife, Edna, settled to raise their family. While most of us will be unable to watch the documentary, a nice article about Chester has been written by Jami Kunzer and can be read here. The work was spearheaded by Tom Firak and his sons, John and Steve and based on their comments they hope to fund raise enough for another piece focused on the artistic perspective of Dick Tracy. Some WTTW documentaries have been made available online, so hopefully we’ll find this one on WTTW’s website in the future.
A premiere on Sunday in Woodstock as well and was attended by a number of Dick Tracy dignitaries, including Dick Locher, Max Allan Collins and Jean Gould-O’Connell. Max in particular has written very nicely about the event on his blog at his personal blog.