Vaulty Award Winners (2016)

Our podcasters -- Tony, Amy, and Patrick -- and listeners who voted have selected their winners in each of twenty-two categories. We think you'll enjoy these great comics, artists, TV shows, colorists and more.

For the full discussion, please listen to the podcast episode here.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)