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.

Jim Doherty’s Just the Facts

JustTheFactsMany Dick Tracy fans know Jim Doherty as the strip’s police technical advisor and writer of the crimestopper panel that appears with each Sunday panel.  They might be surprised (or not) to know that Jim is also a career police officer and author with a new edition of his book, “Just the Facts, True Tales of Cops and Criminals”  now available for purchase in either paperback or e-book.

Doherty’s “Just the Facts” tells the stories of law enforcement legends and the people who stood on the other side.  Brought to life in this new edition are Bill Tilghman, legendary Oklahoma lawman and town-tamer from the Territorial era to the Roaring Twenties. Richard Crafts, an airline pilot who killed his stewardess wife and fed her frozen body into a rented woodchipper. Hawaiian Policeman Chang Apana, the real Chinese-American detective who inspired Earl Derr Biggers to create Charlie Chan and many more.

“This book,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is amazing. Jim Doherty brings stories of the good and bad guys of crime to life with a style that lets you know not only is he a law enforcement professional, but he’s also a fan of the history itself. Real life figures, both those everyone probably recognizes and so many that most of us have never heard of, don’t just leap off the page. They shoot, drive, roll, tumble, and fight their way from Jim’s wonderfully handled prose into a sort of new reality all their own for the reader.”

Famed former Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins, author of Road To Perdition also piles on praise.  “Jim Doherty combines the cool eye of a law enforcement professional (which he is) with the fiery enthusiasm of a fan (which he also is) in a superb collection of essays detailing the true-crime back-stories of some of mystery fiction’s greatest yarns. These crisp, no-nonsense accounts are hypnotically readable, and the Eliot Ness chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”

If you are at all interested in reading some amazing real life police stories, the Depot encourages you to pick up a copy of Jim’s new book.  It is available on Amazon (In paperback and kindle).  Many thanks to the people at Pro Se Productions for providing us some quality quotes for this post.  Check out their blog here.

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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A Trip with Joe

Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton was kind enough to share with the Depot a few pictures from his trip to Illinois.  Joe met fans and former Dick Tracy collaborators at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and also took a grand Tracy tour through Illinois.  Staton was lucky enough to see the Chester Gould estate and studio in Woodstock, spent the day with Ross Fletcher (son of late Tracy artist Rick Fletcher) and visited with previous Dick Tracy artist/writer, Dick Locher.

If you have a few spare minutes, take the time to click through Joe’s photos here.  Hopefully like us, they will give you a warm fuzzy feeling.




Joe Staton’s Been Busy

TweetWithJoeDick Tracy artist Joe Staton has been busy talking to fans over the last couple weeks.  First our friends (hopefully we’re friends) over at First Comics News interviewed our favorite artist a few days ago.  Take a read!

On top of that Joe did a live #AskDickTracy tweet with @GoComics Friday 5/10 at 1:30 CST.  Check out the feedback on Twitter.

Piling on the praise here, Joe’s artistry since taking over in 2011 has been amazing.  The professional look and feel of well drawn characters and detail thick backgrounds makes us feel like we’re reading a store-bought comic every day.   Mr. Staton knows his craft and we’re hopeful he’ll continue for a long, long time!