Nominees for the 2019 Harvey Awards have been announced and there are a lot of great books from CCS grads on the list. Anyone working in the comics industry can vote until September 10 (though you must apply first). The winners will be announced at New York Comic-Con on October 4.
The Harvey Awards are coming up and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) alum Tillie Walden ′16 and Chuck Forsman ′08 both make appearances. The nominees were selected by comics professionals, and winners will be voted on by all industry professionals.
Tillie’s Spinning (First Second) is up for not only Best Children’s or Young Adult Book but also for Book of the Year. Spinning already won an Eisner for Best Reailty-Based Work. And The End of the XXXXing World TV series, adapted as a Netflix Original Series from Chuck’s comic of the same name (now out from Fantagraphics), is up for Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel.
Art Spiegelman is the first-ever cartoonist to receive the Edward MacDowell Medal. MacDowell is one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations, and it has been awarding this medal annually since 1960 to artists who have made an outstanding contribution to American culture.
Melanie Gillman ′14 is sweeping the awards this year. With more awards to come, they have already won four awards. As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics) was recently collected into volume 1 from the web comic and is rocking it through the awards already:
Melanie won a DINK Award, Best Minicomic, for Pockets, which is a short set in the As the Crow Flies universe
Congratulations, Melanie! We’ll look for more awards to come before the end of the year!
For the Doug Wright Awards this year, Rebecca Roher (’15) has been nominated for theBest Book Award for Bird in a Cage, published by Conundrum Press. Originally published in The Nib, the minicomic won the Expozine Award. Conundrum Press gave Rebecca the opportunity to expand on the original comic into a graphic novel.
Alison Bechdel getting a hug from Vermont’s recent Cartoonist Laureate, Ed Koren
Every three years, a new cartoonist laureate is crowned in Vermont. After the ceremony at the Vermont capitol in Montpelier, Alison Bechdel came straight down to The Center for Cartoon Studies. After some lovely words from Michelle Ollie, she talked about what her career has been, how she got to this point.
The DINKys are the awards at the Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo and are in their second year. This weekend is DINK, and the awards are announced Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. The Center for Cartoon Studies family has some wonderful representatives! Good luck to you all!
Librarian Santiago Naranjo (′09) reading Something New by Lucy Knisley