The annual Harvey Awards have found a new home. After the award ceremony left Baltimore Comic Con last year (to be replaced by the Ringo Awards), the fate of the event was left up in the air. Now, organizer ReedPOP has announced the Harvey Awards will be held at New York Comic Con starting in 2018. A reception will be held at Hudson Annex to honor Harvey Kurtzman’s legacy in lieu of a proper ceremony this year.
“We are thrilled to host such an iconic award show during one of the biggest comic events of the year, New York Comic Con,” Lance Fensterman, head of ReedPOP, said in a statement. “We are even more excited to honor the life and work of the late great Harvey Kurtzman here in his hometown, while celebrating the industry’s best work.”
Kurtzman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924 and taught at the city’s School of Visual Arts in 1973. The 2018 Harvey Awards will mark the event’s 30th anniversary. The awards ceremony was founded by Gary Groth, co-founder of Fantagraphics Books, in 1988 after the Kirby Awards were discontinued in 1987. The Harvey Awards ceremony is one of the largest and most prominent of its kind. Comic Con International in San Diego hosts the other largest comics awards ceremony, the Eisners.
“My mother, my family and I are excited and very honored to have the Harvey Awards associated with New York Comic Con,” Nellie Kurtzman, daughter of Harvey Kurtzman, said. “NYCC has grown exponentially over the past decade, and ReedPOP brings with them a team that is experienced in running successful events. With my father being a lifelong New Yorker, it is only fitting that the awards return to the city where he worked, and the comic book industry was born. In 2018, we all look forward to the reboot of the awards and having the Harveys in the setting of the largest comic book convention in North America.”
Kurtzman is best remembered for his comic book Mad, which he launched alongside William Gaines in 1952. The long-running satirical humor magazine started life as a comic book before pivoting to become a magazine in 1955. Kurtzman would go on to publish works like Trump, Humbug and Jungle Book after leaving Mad. From 1960 to 1965 he edited Help!, which helped launch the careers of cartoonists R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton.
The interim year reception for the Harvey Awards will be open to creators, professionals and fans, and will be held at the Hudson Annex 38 on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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