‘Monstress’ Named Book of the Year at 2018 Harvey Awards

Monstress by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda, an epic fantasy work about a teenage girl with a monstrous demonic power, was named Book of the Year at the 30th annual Harvey Awards, held October 5 at New York Comic Con.

Returning to New York City and now New York Comic Con, the Harvey Awards, named in honor of legendary editor and comics artist Harvey Kurtzman, kicked off a new era in the history of the Harvey Awards with new streamlined slate of awards. This year’s awards ceremony was organized by the Harvey Steering committee—Harvey Kurtzman’s daughter Nellie Kurtzman, Chip Mosher and John Lind—and Hosted by PW senior news editor Calvin Reid.

The 2018 winners are:

Book of the Year: Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Digital Book of the Year – Barrier by Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate)

Best Children or Young Adult Book: There is a tie between The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang (First Second) and The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)

Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Black Panther (Walt Disney Pictures) – Directed by Ryan Coogler. Adapted from “Black Panther” comics from Marvel.

Best Manga: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas)

Best European Book: California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas and The Papas by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)

In addition cartoonists Roz Chast (Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) were inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame. Chast is the first woman to be inducted into the Harvey HoF.

And Jackie Estrada, longtime administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, was presented with the Comics Industry Pioneer Award, and Harold Sakuishi, creator of the Beck manga series, received the Intrernational Spotlight Award.

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