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Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best One-Shot

Horror News Network is proud to present Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, and Dave Stewart with the award for Best One-Shot of the Year for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu.

As is the case with any of the Mignola-verse ongoing titles, mini-series, or one-shots, The Beast of Vargu delivers superb artwork, a determined, hard-boiled protagonist, and a lesson in folklore and myth.  This tale featuring Hellboy in one of his early solo adventures portrays an earnest, caring version of the character who finds himself in over his head with an enormous beast, with little support from the B.P.R.D. office in Fairfield, Connecticut.  As usual, Hellboy uses his brawn and charm to appeal to some more localized assistance, and Mignola, Fegredo, and Stewart deliver an engaging yarn that a seasoned reader as well as a newcomer to the character (or comics in general) will enjoy. read more

‘Gideon Falls’ Wins Best New Series at 2019 Eisner Awards

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart’s Gideon Falls took home the Best New Series Award at the 2019 Eisner Awards.

Lemire accepted the award on behalf of the entire creative team at the annual celebration for the best in graphic storytelling (which is held annually at San Diego Comic Con).  The noir horror series had stiff competition, beating out fellow horror series Bitter Root (by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green), Crowded (by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt), Isola (by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl), Man-Eaters (by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk), and Skyward (by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett).  Every one of the best new series nominees were published by Image Comics. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Series

Horror News Network presents our best on-going series of 2016 award to Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  The series, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by Sebastian and Max Fiumara, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins, finished as it started with a strong focus on the exsistential crisis of Abe and his struggles with his place in the B.P.R.D., the human world, and the universe.  

After a number of mini-series and one shots featuring Hellboy’s closest friend and ally Abe Sapien, his on-going series started in April of 2013 and wrapped up in August of this year.  With no permanent Hellboy book to speak of (and the small problem of Hellboy’s death), Abe took center stage as one of the original humanoid characters in the Mignolaverse.  Abe was always an introspective, intelligent character that balanced Hellboy’s “shoot first and ask questions later attitude”, but this series allowed fans to fully understand the man inside the monster and the difficulties that Abe often struggled with, trying to balance his own well-being and quest against the needs and safety of others.  Invariably, Abe almost always picked the selfless route and the final seven issues released this year ended in a typical bitter-sweet fashion for the lovable, blue “gill-man”. read more