Neil Gaiman confirmed as Harvey Awards keynote speaker

Official Press Release

NEW YORK, February 10, 2004 - The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art today announced that author Neil Gaiman (1602, American Gods, Coraline, The Sandman) will be the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual HARVEY AWARDS Banquet to be held June 26 in New York City.

"There's always been something very special about the Harveys," Gaiman recalls. "I remember how thrilled I was, first to be nominated in 1991, and then, a year later, to win my first Harvey Award: partly because it really is the professionals' award, and partly because it's named after Harvey Kurtzman."

"I'm very much looking forward to the event, and hope that I can think of something sensible yet entertaining to say in my keynote speech," says Gaiman. "Failing that I have until June 26th to learn how to make balloon animals."

Gaiman has twice earned a HARVEY AWARD as the year's Best Writer for his work on The Sandman comics series for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Gaiman's work in comics during the past year includes Endless Nights, the latest Sandman graphic novel, as well as the comics series 1602 for Marvel Comics' Marvel Knights imprint.

Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the HARVEY AWARDS are one of the comics industry's oldest and most respected awards for recognizing outstanding work in comics and sequential art. Each year, nominees and winners of the HARVEY AWARDS are selected exclusively by comics creators â€" those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the sequential art field. Nominations for this year's HARVEY AWARDS (for works published between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003) will be accepted up until midnight Friday, February 13, with Final Ballots to be distributed to all qualifying professionals in early Spring.

"We are all delighted and thrilled that Neil Gaiman has agreed to be this year's keynote speaker," says MoCCA Trustee and HARVEY AWARDS Committee Chairwoman Nellie Kurtzman. "I'm sure Neil will do a terrific job since -- as a past Harvey Awards nominee and winner himself â€" he knows just how special it is to have one's work recognized and honored in this way by fellow comics industry professionals."

Winners of this year's HARVEY AWARDS will be announced on the night of June 26 during a banquet to be held at the historic Puck Building in downtown New York City as part of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's Third Annual MoCCA Art Festival weekend.

Sponsor-level Tickets for seats at this gala affair are now available, with Individual Tickets to go on sale in the Spring. For reservations or more information about this and other museum events, visit the MoCCA Website or call the museum at 212-254-3511. Visit www.harveyawards.org for more information specifically about the HARVEY AWARDS.

About the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and the MoCCA Art Festival

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and presentation of one of the world's most popular art forms. MoCCA's mission is to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art.

Each June, the museum holds its Annual MoCCA Art Festival at SoHo's historic Puck Building (295 Lafayette Street, NYC), drawing thousands of comic and cartoon artists, art collectors, publishers, and fans to Lower Manhattan for the opportunity to attend educational and entertaining panels (including the always-popular Animation Screening); view original and published works by hundreds of comic and cartoon exhibitors ranging from undiscovered self-publishers to fast-rising stars to fan-favorite professionals; and purchase or pick up free cartoons, comics, and other sequential artworks directly from the creators or their publishers.

Now in its third year, and in response to demand from both exhibitors and attendees, the MoCCA Art Festival has expanded to two days (June 26-27, 2004). This is also the first year that the HARVEY AWARDS Banquet will be a part of the MoCCA Art Festival festivities.

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