2013 turned out a fabulous year for „Saga“, Image’s brand new fantasy and sci-fi series by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan.The team who had already received three Eisner Awards this year, has now taken home six Harvey Awards for „Best Artist“, „Best Author“, „Best Series“, „Best Colorist“, „Best New Series“, and „Best Single Issue“. So Saga turns out the big winner of this year's Harveys – and of course is in good company there.
Named after cartoonist, writer, editor, and comics genius Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993), the annual Harvey Awards are among the comic book industry’s most respected and surely most desired awards for writers and illustrators since their establishment in 1988. They recognize outstanding achievements in more than 20 categories and are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by a full body of comic book professionals.
Kurtzman himself is probably best remembered as the big brain behind MAD magazine in 1952, a series for which he created 28 revolutionary issues. He went off in 1956 to do a short-lived satire magazine „Trump“ for Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner in 1957 and followed with „Humbug“ in 1958 and later „Help!“ magazine.
Kurtzman discovered major talents like Terry Gilliam, Gloria Steinem, Gilbert Shelton, and R. Crumb and became known as the “father-in-law of underground comix” in the 70s. He is said to have inspired a whole new generation of media-bending cartoonists.