The 2018 nominations for the Harvey Awards—one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the comics industry—have been announced, and the nominated titles this year are especially queer.
Celebrating its 30th year, the Harvey Awards recognize comic books, graphic novels, manga, and other forms of comics media selected by fans and a group of comic and publishing professionals.
This year’s nominees for “Best Manga” are surprisingly queer: My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame and Anne Ishii (Pantheon Graphic Library), My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Media), My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas), Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida (Viz Media), and Your Name by Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (Yen Press) round out the list. For “Best Adaptation….,” Atomic Blonde, Thor: Ragnarok, and Riverdale are all included as nominees.
The Harvey Awards have undergone major changes over the last few years, after moving from Baltimore to New York Comic Con. The categories were also slimmed down to six for book nominees and three for recognizing impactful books or figures in the industry. Nominations will be chosen by a wide swath of industry pros, but they will be selected by a “handpicked” committee of pros, based on ReedPOP’s creator list.
The categories for this year include: Book of The Year, Digital Book Of The Year, Best Children of Young Adult Books, Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga, and Best European Book. Special awards, including “Harvey Kurtzman Award for Humor,” “Harvey Hall of Fame Award,” and “International Spotlight Award” to individuals chosen by the Harvey Awards Executive Committee.
Voting on the nominees concludes August 23.