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The Harvey Awards announce the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees

The Harvey Awards
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Following the announcement of this year's Harvey Awards nominees, the committee has announced the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees. Four recipients will be honored at this year's ceremony during New York Comic Con: writer Neil Gaiman, writer and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, and cartoonists Gilbert Shelton and Marge Buell.

Gaiman is a multi-award-winning author and the creator of the iconic DC/Vertigo sci-fi/fantasy series The Sandman, which has been adapted for both a Netflix streaming series and an Audible drama. 

Thomas was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics and co-created characters including Wolverine, Carol Danvers, Valkyrie, Ghost Rider, Ultron, Luke Cage, and Vision. 

Shelton is an underground comix pioneer and an original member of ZAP Comix. 

And the late Buell, who went by the pen name Marge, created the comic strip character Little Lulu, who eventually became an internationally famous character in comics, advertising, and animation.

In addition to honoring its Hall of Fame inductees at the 34th annual awards ceremony, this year's Harvey Awards recognize dozens of nominees for excellence in comics.

Writer James Tynion IV has two Book of the Year nominations, and Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia's Ballad for Sophie has earned two nominations - Book of the Year and Best International Book. These are the only multiple nominees at this year's awards, which are named for MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman and presented by ReedPop, with a Steering Committee co-chaired by Nellie Kurtzman, John Lind, and Chip Mosher.

Harvey Awards nominees were selected by a curated committee of diverse industry voices, and select professionals have been preapproved to vote for the winners. Creators, publishing professionals, retailers, educators, librarians, and press who were not preapproved to vote can apply to do so at the Harvey Awards Apply to Vote page. Voting concludes September 2.

See the full list of nominees below:

Book of the Year

  • Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia, translated by Gabriela Soares (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
  • Department of Truth, Vol 3: Free Country by James Tynion IV, Jorge Fornes, David Romero, John J. Pearson, Tyler Boss, Elsa Charretier and Alison Sampson (Image Comics)
  • Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell (DC Comics)
  • The Good Asian, Vol. 1 by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi (Image Comics)
  • The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V, Filipe Andrade, & Ines Amaro (BOOM! Studios)
  • Lightfall Book 2: Shadow of the Bird by Tim Probert (HarperAlley)
  • Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez Bueno (DC Comics)
  • Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury and Nate Powell (Abrams Books)
  • Sisters of the Mist by Marlyn Spaaij (Flying Eye Books)

Digital Book of the Year

Best Children's or Young Adult Book

  • The Aquanaut by Dan Santat (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Lightfall Book 2: Shadow of the Bird by Tim Probert (HarperAlley)
  • Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao (HarperAlley)
  • Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh (HarperAlley)
  • Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas (HarperAlley)

Best Manga

  • Blood on the Tracks by Shuzo Oshimi, translated by Daniel Komen (Vertical Comics)
  • Blue Lock by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura, translated by Nate Derr (Kodansha Comics)
  • Cat + Gamer by Wataru Nadatani, translated by Zack Davission (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimot,  translated by Amanda Haley (VIZ Media)
  • Red Flowers by Yoshiharu Tsuge, translated by Ryan Holmberg (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Spy X Family by Tatsua Endo, translated by Casey Loe (VIZ Media)

Best International Book

  • Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia, translated by Gabriela Soares (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Castaways by Pablo Monforte and Laura Perez, translated by Silvia Perea Labayen (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Sweet Paprika by Mirka Andolfo (Image Comics)
  • This is How I Disappear by Mirion Malle, translated by Aleshia Jensen and Bronwyn Haslam (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Waiting by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Yellow Cab by Benoît Cohen and Christophe Chabouté, translated by Edward Gauvin (IDW Publishing)

Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel

  • The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, based on Batman (DC Comics)
  • El Deafo (Apple TV+), based on El Deafo by CeCe Bell (Abrams Books)
  • Heartstopper (Netflix), based on Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game” board game based on Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Ms. Marvel (Disney+) based on Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
  • Paper Girls (Amazon Prime Video), based on Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image Comics)
  • Paris, 13th District directed by Jacques Audiard, based on “Amber Sweet,” “Hawaiian Getaway,” and “Killing And Dying” by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Peacemaker (HBO Max), based on The Peacemaker (DC Comics)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on Shang-Chi (Marvel Comics)

The 2022 Harvey Awards gala will be livestreamed during New York Comic Con on Friday, October 7.

See all of the upcoming comic conventions in 2022 and beyond.

Samantha Puc
Editor, Newsarama

Samantha Puc (she/they) is an editor at Newsarama and an avid comics fan. Their writing has been featured on Refinery29, Bitch Media, them., The Beat, The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction at The New School.