“This year’s ballot was sourced from a group of creators, press, editors and other comic professionals all working in the industry,” ReedPOP global president Lance Fensterman told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “The result is a curated group of titles that represent the best of what our medium has to offer.”
Most recently, the Harvey Awards nominations were selected by juries and handed out during Baltimore Comic Con; this is the first year that NYCC is staging a full Harvey Awards ceremony, which will take place Oct. 5.
The number of Harvey Award categories — once a long roster — has been whittled down to six: book of the year, digital book of the year, best children or young adult book, best adaptation from a comic book/graphic novel, best manga and best European book.
“By opening up the [nomination] process to librarians, educators, retailers and more, we believe that we have an accurate representation of this year’s best graphic works,” Nellie Kurtzman, co-chair of the Harvey Awards Steering Committee, said in a statement.
The award is named for the legendary cartoonist and editor Harvey Kurtzman, who most notably worked for Mad magazine and Playboy. The awards, which recognize the best in comics and adaptations, are voted on from the nominations by industry professionals.
NYCC, the East Coast’s biggest comics and pop-culture festival, will be Oct. 4 to 7 at the Javits Center.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Best Children or Young Adult Book
BRAVE by Svetlana Chmakova (JY)
REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and LeUyeun Pham (First Second)
SPINNING by Tillie Walden (First Second)
THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang (First Second)
THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)
Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel
ATOMIC BLONDE (Focus Features) – Directed by David Leitch. Adapted from “The Coldest City” (Oni Press)
BLACK PANTHER (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Ryan Coogler. Adapted from “Black Panther” (Marvel Comics)
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Chris McKay. Adapted from “Batman” (DC Comics)
LOGAN (Twentieth Century Fox) – Directed by James Mangold. Adapted from “Wolverine” (Marvel Comics)
MY FRIEND DAHMER (FilmRise) – Directed by Marc Meyers. Adapted from “My Friend Dahmer” (Abrams ComicArts)
PREACHER (AMC) – Developed by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. Adapted from “Preacher” (DC/Vertigo)
RIVERDALE (The CW) – Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Adapted from “Archie” (Archie Comics)
THE END OF THE F—ING WORLD (Netflix) – Written by Charlie Covell. Adapted from “The End of the F—ing World” (Fantagraphics)
THOR: RAGNAROK (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Taika Waititi. Adapted from “Thor” (Marvel Comics)
WONDER WOMAN (Warner Bros.) – Directed by Patty Jenkins. Adapted from “Wonder Woman” (DC Comics)