Mid-sized comic publishers were the biggest winners at the 2016 Harvey Awards, which were presented Saturday, September 3, 2016, in conjunction with Baltimore Comic-Con.  Image Comics and BOOM! Studios publications accounted for five awards each, and IDW four.  Of those, Image’s Saga series accounted for four awards on its own (Fiona Staples for Best Cover Artist and Best Artist, Brian K. Vaughan for Best Writer, and the series for Best Continuing or Limited Series), and BOOM!’s Peanuts:  A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz accounted for three (Special Award for Excellence in Presentation, Best Anthology, and Best Single Issue or Story). 

Marvel publications accounted for three awards, and Dark Horse’s two; no other publisher had more than one award.

The Harvey Awards are nominated and voted on by comics professionals.

Best Letterer: John Workman, Ragnarok, IDW Publishing

Best Colorist: Laura Allred, Silver Surfer, Marvel Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick

Best Online Comics Work: Battlepug, Mike Norton, battlepug.com

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Tie: Two Brothers, Dark Horse Books and Corto Maltese: Beyond The Windy Isles, IDW Publishing

Best Inker: Klaus Janson, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, DC Comics

Best New Series: Paper Girls, Image Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Tom King, The Vision, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, Howard The Duck, Marvel Comics

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Lumberjanes, BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: The Less Than Epic Adventures Of Tj And Amal, Iron Circus Comics

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Peanuts: A Tribute To Charles M. Schulz, Scott Newman, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios

Best Domestic Reprint Project: Crimson VOL. 1, BOOM! Studios

Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga, Image Comics

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: March: Book Two, Top Shelf Productions

Best Anthology: Peanuts: A Tribute To Charles M. Schulz, KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios

Best Graphic Album Original: March: Book Two, Top Shelf Productions

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga, Image Comics

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Image Comics

Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga, Image Comics

Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo

Best Single Issue or Story: Peanuts: A Tribute To Charles M. Schulz, BOOM! Studios

Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award: Carl Barks, Al Jaffee

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Beth Widera

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Giella