Gould Hometown Celebrates Dick Tracy Birthday

Mural in Pawnee, Oklahoma by Ed Melberg in 1990.

Mural in Pawnee, Oklahoma by Ed Melberg in 1990.

Chester Gould’s hometown of Pawnee, Oklahoma celebrates Dick Tracy’s birthday each year and will do so again this coming Saturday in what is now an annual historical society event.  Chester was born in Pawnee on Nov 20th, 1900 and although he moved to Chicago in 1921 and came to live in Woodstock, he always remembered his roots, calling out former Pawnee classmates by naming stores and such after them during a case.

World Scene Writer Jimmie Tramel has written a nice article for the Tulsa World on the Pawnee celebration with quotes from Chester and his brother Ray from early 30’s and 40’s interviews.  Here’s the link if you are interested.

 

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, battlepug.com
  • 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.

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.

Mike Curtis and Joe Staton Win a Harvey!

harvey_nominee_logoExciting news out of the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend where the Dick Tracy team, Mike Curtis (writer) and Joe Staton (artist) have won the 2013 Harvey Award for “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” over some stiff competition.  The Harvey’s are a major comic strip award and our congratulations go out to the entire Dick Tracy team!

As has been noted in an earlier post, the Harvey Awards are leading comic awards (and a successor to the Kirby Awards) currently presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art and are named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993), one of the comic industry’s most innovative talents.

Here’s a full list of this year’s Harvey winners :

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Curtis & Staton Nominated for Harvey Award

harvey_nominee_logoCongratulations to Mike Curtis and Joe Staton, who have been nominated for a 2013 Harvey Award, which is a leading comic award (a successor to the Kirby Awards) and will be presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con. The awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art and are named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993), one of the comic industry’s most innovative talents.

Mike and Joe have been nominated in the “Best Syndicated Strip or Panel” category.  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. Cul De Sac, Richard Thompson, Universal Press Syndicate
  2. Dick Tracy, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
  3. Get Fuzzy, Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate
  4. Mutts, Patrick McDonnell, King Features
  5. Pearls Before Swine, Stephen Pastis, United Feature Syndicate

Balloting will continue until Monday, August 19th and we are the Depot are of course rooting for Mike and Joe but there is some stiff competition.  Mutts has won seven times in the last 14 years and Cul De Sac won last year.  Winners will be revealed on September, 7, 2013 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Good Luck Mike & Joe!