Chip Zdarsky, the Toronto-based comic creator, was presented with the Special Award for Humor in Comics by voters of this year’s Harvey Awards on Sept. 3. Zdarsky received the award for his revival of 1970s existential Marvel comic Howard the Duck, the story of an anthropomorphic fowl who finds himself trapped on Earth.
Zdarsky currently draws the critical- and fan-favourite bi-monthly Sex Criminals for Image Comics, and recently finished high-profile writing assignments on Howard the Duck and Jughead (Archie Comics). Most recently he has drawn attention for inserting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into the Marvel comic Civil War II, and hosting his own Zdarscon mini comic convention in a hotel room, clad in a bathrobe.
Canadian Fiona Staples was also honoured at this year’s Harveys, receiving the best artist award for her work on the Top Shelf series Saga, while Essex County creator Jeff Lemire was nominated for his work on Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant Entertainment).
The U.S.-based Harvey Awards were founded in 1988 and are named for cartoonist and editor Harvey Kurtzman, best known for his work on Mad. Winners are chosen based on votes cast by comic industry professionals.