'Dork Tower's' Kovalic elected to Gaming hall of fame

Official Press Release

July 1, 2003 (Madison, WI) - "Dork Tower" creator John Kovalic became the first cartoonist to be inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame at the Origins awards ceremony held in Columbus, OH, last Friday.

"Obviously, I'm stunned and honored beyond belief," said Kovalic. "I was warned in advance about this so that I could write a speech. But how can anyone come up with a speech when something leaves you speechless?"

Kovalic also won Origins awards for gaming excellence that for his comic book, "Dork Tower," and other work.

"Dork Tower" was honored as Best Gaming Periodical for the second year running, and also took the award for Best Game Related Fiction, Graphic Form for "Understanding Gamers" (from Dork Tower issue 18).

"I thought I had a pretty good year last year," said Kovalic. "But obviously I could never have expected this. If anything, these awards should be dedicated to Dork Tower's readership, who've stuck with me through good times and bad, yet who've always shown their support in spades."

Kovalic was also honored for his illustrative work on the Chez Greek card game (Steve Jackson Games), as well as his contributions to Grey Ghost Games's "Gamemastering Secrets" sourcebook. Other games he worked on (Munchkin II and Star Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games)) were also Origins award winners, leaving Kovalic carrying seven statuettes once all was said and done.

"It was an utterly incredible, once-in-a-lifetime night," said Kovalic. "But it couldn't have been done without the help of my family, my readers, my friends and the many colleagues in the industry who've been so supportive and encouraging over the years."

Voting for the awards was open to the public as well as members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. The Hall of Fame voting is was open to the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design The Origins awards are for games released in 2002.

* About John Kovalic and Dork Tower

USA TODAY called the Madison, WI, resident a "Hot Pick," and John's award-winning cartoons have appeared everywhere from Dragon magazine to the New York Times and the Washington Post. His Dork Tower comic book was launched in 1998, and is now printed in German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and French editions, and will soon surpass its 25th issue and fifth compilation.

John was a co-founder and is Art Director of Out of the Box Games (where he's worked on such massive hits as Games Magazine's 1999 Party Game of the Year, "Apples to Apples"), and also formed Dork Storm Press with Henchman Publishing's Aaron Williams ("Nodwick," "ps238").

Along with his "SnapDragons" partner Liz Rathke, John formed the Toon-Mart productions graphics studio, and their warped creations can soon be found on WizKids' Creepy Freaks game

Recently John created the "Whad'Ya Know?" party game for Out of the Box Games. In his spare time he searches for spare time.

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