Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vaulty Award Winners Recognizes Best Comics of 2016


Our podcast crew, Cracking the Vault's Tony Asaro, Amy Nunag, and Patrick Clarke, recently recognized the best in 2016's comics via our annual comic book awards, The Vaulty Awards.

This year we added a Listener's Choice selection, so now your favorites are recognized also.

Don't miss out on these awesome comics, available in a comic shop near you.

Episode 90 of the podcast (listen here) announced the winners, but we've put them in print for you right here.

So, without further ado, here are the winners!


THE 2016 VAULTY AWARDS: WINNERS

Best Publisher 2016

  • Amy, Tony, and Listener's Choice – Image Comics​
  • Patty – Marvel​ Comics
Best Artist 2016

  • Patty – Mike Del Mundo (“Weirdworld” & “Vision” (covers))
  • Amy – Skottie Young (“I Hate Fairyland” & covers)
  • Tony – Fiona Staples​ (“Saga” & covers)
  • Listener’s Choice – Greg Tocchini (“Low”)
  • Honorable Mention – Nicola Scott


Best Animal In A Comic 2016

  • Tony – Jonathan The Actual Wolverine (“All-New Wolverine” by Tom Taylor & Marcio Takara​)
  • Amy – Sandor (“Animosity” by Marguerite Bennett & Rafael de Latorre)
  • Patty – Howard T. Duck (“Howard The Duck” by Chip Zdarsky​ & Joe Quinones)
  • Listener’s Choice – Lying Cat (“Saga” by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples)

How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Vaulty Winner

Best Comic-Based TV Show 2016

  • Amy – Agent Carter​: Season 2
  • Patty – Marvel's Luke Cage​
  • Tony – Marvel's Daredevil​: Season 2
  • Listener’s Choice – The Flash​ (2016)


Best Annual, One Shot, or Original Graphic Novel, 2016

  • Patty – “How to Talk to Girls At Parties” (by Neil Gaiman​, Fabio Moon, & Gabriel Ba)
  • Amy – “The Wicked + The Divine 1831” (by Kieron Gillen​, Stephanie Hans, & Jamie McKelvie​)
  • Tony – “Love is Love” (by Marc Andreyko​, et al)
  • Listener’s Choice – “DC Universe Rebirth #1” (by Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank, & Phil Jimenez)


Best Comic-Based Movie 2016

  • Tony, Amy, Patty, and Listener's Choice – Captain America​: Civil War
Best Writer 2016

  • Amy, Tony – Greg Rucka​ (“Wonder Woman”, “Black Magick”, “Stumptown”, & “Lazarus”)
  • Patty – Nick Spencer (“Captain America: Sam Wilson”, “The Astonishing Ant-Man”, & “The Fix”)
  • Listener’s Choice – Rick Remender (“Black Science”, “Low”, “Seven to Eternity”, “Tokyo Ghost”, “Devolution”, & “Deadly Class”)
  • Honorable Mentions: Dan Slott, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marguerite Bennett, Ryan North, & Jason Aaron


Breakthrough Creator 2016

  • Patty – Tom King (“Vision”, “Batman”, “The Omega Men”, “Sheriff of Babylon”, & “Grayson”)
  • Amy – Gerard Way​ (editor: Young Animal, writer: “Doom Patrol”, “Shade The Changing Girl”, & “Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye”)
  • Tony – Brittney L. Williams (“Patsy Walker: AKA Hellcat” & “Goldie Vance”)
  • Listener’s Choice – Matt Kindt​ (“Dept H”, “Ether”, “Divinity II”, “Divinity III”, “4001AD”, “Ninjak”, & “Rai”)


Series with The Best Covers 2016

  • Tony – “Monstress” (by Sana Takeda)
  • Patty – “Island” (by Simon Roy, Lin Visel, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Michael DeForge​, Johnnie Christmas, Marian Churchland, & Fil Barlow)
  • Amy – “Scarlet Witch” (by David Aja)
  • Listener’s Choice – “Saga” (by Fiona Staples)

Motor Girl, Vaulty Award Winner

Best Limited Series 2016

  • Amy, Tony – “Vision” (by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta)
  • Patty – “Superman: American Alien” (by Max Landis​, Nick Dragotta​, Matthew Clark, Tommy Lee Edwards, Doc Shaner, Joelle Jones, Mark Buckingham, Jae Lee, Steve Dillon, Francis Manapul​, Jonathan Case, & Jock)
  • Listener’s Choice – “"Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (by James Tynion IV​ & Freddie E. Williams II)


Best Tween / Young-Adult Comic 2016

  • Patty and Listener's Choice – “Goldie Vance” (by Hope Larson & Brittney L. Williams)
  • Amy – “Lumberjanes” (by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Carey Pietsch, & Ayme Sotuyo)
  • Tony – “Joyride” (by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, & Marcus To)
Best Superhero Comic 2016

  • Tony, Amy – “Wonder Woman” (by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Liam Sharp, & Bilquis Evely)
  • Patty – “Silver Surfer” (by Dan Slott​ & Mike Allred​)
  • Listener’s Choice – “Vision” (by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta)


Best Moment of Squeee 2016

  • Amy – Peter sings to Robot Kitty Pryde in “Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3” (by Sam Humphries & Alti Firmansyah)
  • Tony – 1st appearance of Jonathan The Actual Wolverine in “All-New Wolverine #7” (by Tom Taylor & Marcio Takara​)
  • Patty – Persephone returns in “The Wicked + The Divine #18” (by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie)
  • Listener’s Choice – Cyclops in “Death of X” (by Jeff Lemire​, Charles Soule, & Aaron Kuder​)


Best New-to-You Comic

  • Patty – “Arrowsmith” (by The Official Kurt Busiek Page​ & Carlos Pacheco) (2003)
  • Amy – “Kingdom Come” (by Mark Waid​ & Alex Ross) (1996)
  • Tony – “Rachel Rising” (by Terry Moore Art​) (2011)
  • Listener’s Choice – “East of West” (by Jonathan Hickman​ & Nick Dragotta) (2013)

Vaulty Award Winner for Best Kids/All-Ages Comic 2016

Best Kids / All-Ages Comic 2016

  • Tony – “Above The Clouds” (by Melissa Pagluica​)
  • Patty – “Bird Boy” (by Anne Szabla)
  • Amy – “Space Battle Lunchtime” (by Natalie Riess)
  • Listener’s Choice – “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” (by Christina Rice, Agnes Garbowska​, Ted Anderson, Brenda Hickey, Katie Cook, Andy Price, Thomas Zahler, & AMF)


The I Love You Man Award for Best Recommendation To You By Someone From Cracking The Vault in 2016


  • Amy – “Pretty Deadly” (recommended by Tony), “Rebels” (recommended by Patty), & “Vision” (recommended by Jake)
  • Tony – “DC Bombshells” (recommended by Amy), “Vision” (recommended by Patty & Jake)
  • Patty – “Supergirl: Being Super” (recommended by Tony)
  • Listener’s Choice – “Paper Girls” (recommended by we all)


The Zdarsky Award for Funniest Comic 2016

  • Tony – “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 / Howard the Duck #6” [“Animal House”] (by Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson, & Joe Quinones)
  • Patty – “Howard The Duck” (by Chip Zdarsky & Joe Quinones)
  • Amy – “Patsy Walker: AKA Hellcat” (by Kate Leth & Brittney L. Williams)
  • Listener’s Choice – “Giant Days” (by John Allison & Max Sarin)

East of West, Vaulty Award Winner

Best Comic Villain 2016

  • Tony – Brian Michael Bendis for “Civil War II”
  • Patty – Shalla-Bal from “Silver Surfer” (by Dan Slott & Mike Allred)
  • Amy – Ananke from “The Wicked + The Divine” (by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie)
  • Listener’s Choice – The Horsemen from “East of West” (by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta)


Best New Ongoing Series 2016

  • Patty and Listener's Choice – “Ether” (by Matt Kindt & Dave Rubin​)
  • Amy – “Wonder Woman” (by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Liam Sharp, & Bilquis Evely)
  • Tony – “Motor Girl” (by Terry Moore)
Best Colorist 2016

  • Patty – Mike del Mundo / Marco D'Alfonso (“Weirdworld”)
  • Tony and Listener's Choice – Matt Wilson (“Paper Girls”, “The Mighty Thor”, “The Wicked + The Divine”, “Black Widow”, “Cry Havoc”, “Phonogram”, & “Captain Marvel”)
  • Amy – Hwei Lim (”Mirror”)
The Flow My Tears Award for Saddest Moment In Comics 2016

  • Tony, Amy, and Listener's Choice – “Saga #38” (by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples)
  • Patty – “Vision #12” (by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta)

Comic of the Year 2016

  • Patty, Amy – “Vision” (by Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta)
  • Tony – “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” (by Ryan North & Erica Henderson)
  • Listener’s Choice – “East of West” (by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta)