Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dark Horse Comics Celebrates Two Wins at 2016 Harvey Awards


Two Brothers and Usagi Yojimbo Chosen as Industry Favorites

MILWAUKIE, Ore.—This past Saturday, Dark Horse Comics, the premier independent publisher in the industry, took home two awards at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony. Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s Two Brothers shared a win for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame was named Best Cartoonist.

The Harvey is one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. Held annually at Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievements in more than twenty categories. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards that are both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

Below is more information on Dark Horse’s winners:

Best American Edition of Foreign Material (Shared Win): Two Brothers, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

Summary of Two Brothers:

Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged. Family secrets engage the reader in this profoundly resonant story about identity, love, loss, deception, and the dissolution of blood ties.

Praise for Two Brothers:

"Two Brothers is one the best graphic novels of 2015 and deserves a space on the shelf of every serious fan of the medium."—Comic Book Resources

Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai began his career by simply lettering comic books as he perfected his art and began working in the industry. He also wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy; a comic series with a medieval setting, influenced by Sergio Aragones's Groo the Wanderer. The characters first appeared in Albedo #1 in 1984, and were subsequently featured in issues of Critters, GrimJack, Amazing Heroes and Furrlough. Stan Sakai became famous with the creation of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth-century Japan.

Praise for Usagi Yojimbo:

One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”—Stan Lee

Congratulations to all the talent honored at the 2016 Harvey Awards.

About Dark Horse Comics
For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.


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