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2021 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

Nominess have been announced for the 2021 Harvey Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in the comics industry across a number of categories. Named for Harvey Kurtzman, who is perhaps best known for his work on MAD from 1952 to 1956, the awards are among the comics industry’s oldest and most prestigious.

“With the new Harvey Awards at NYCC, our goal is to bring the year’s best graphic works to the fore,” said Nellie Kurtzman, chair of the Harvey Awards Executive Committee. “As a reader, seeing a book acknowledged by the Harvey Awards should ensure you’re picking up the best our industry has to offer. As a librarian, educator or retailer – the Harvey Awards should help guide you towards quality material. With the help of the new nomination and voting procedures, our goal is to help new and old fans alike find the best work the comics medium has to offer.”

Nominees were selected by a curated committee of industry creators, publishing professionals, retailers, educators, and librarians.

Book of the Year

  • The Book Tour by Andi Watson (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Department of Truth, Vol 1: The End Of The World by James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds (Image Comics)
  • Heaven No Hell by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf (Abrams)
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House)
  • Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith (Fantagraphics)
  • Stone Fruit by Lee Lai (Fantgraphics)
  • Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC Comics)
  • Save It For Later: Promises, Protest and Parenthood by Nate Powell (Abrams)

Digital Book of the Year

  • Adora and The Distance by Marc Bernardin and Ariela Kristantina (Comixology Originals)
  • Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann
  • Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal
  • Friday by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin
  • Lore Olympus by Rachel Smyth

Best Children or Young Adult Book

  • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Class Act by Jerry Craft (Quill Tree Books)
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House)
  • Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith (DC Comics)
  • Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Scholastic Graphix)

Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel

  • The Boys by Amazon, based on The Boys (DC Comics)
  • Invincible by Amazon, based on Invincible (Image)
  • Loki by Disney+, based on The Avengers (Marvel Comics)
  • Superman & Lois by CW, based on Superman (DC Comics
  • Sweet Tooth by Netflix, based on Sweet Tooth (DC/Vertigo)
  • WandaVision by Disney+, based on The Avengers (Marvel Comics)

Best Manga

  • Asadora! by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
  • Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku (Kodansha Comics)
  • Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto (VIZ Media)
  • Remina by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)
  • Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (VIZ Media)

Best International Book

  • The City of Belgium by Brecht Evans, translated by Brecht Evans (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Factory Summers by Guy Delisle, translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Moms by Yeong-shin Ma, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Paul At Home by Michel Rabagliati, translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Winter of the Cartoonist by Paco Roca, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

The winners will be announced during New York Comic Con, taking place at the Javits Center in New York City October 7-10, 2021.

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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