HARVEY AWARDS MOVE TO PITTSBURGH!
Northampton, MA, January 7, 2000 - The comic industry's venerable
Harvey Awards, named after the late comics genius Harvey Kurtzman,
have a new home at the
Pittsburgh Comicon. The 15th annual Harvey Awards will take
place on Saturday evening, April 29, 2000. A new team has been convened
to oversee the awards ceremony and balloting, including long-time
Harvey Award administrator Paul McSpadden.
The Harvey Awards are one of the comics industry's oldest and most
respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements
in 24 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall
of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and
selected by the full body of comics professionals. Beginning in
1986 at the Chicago Comic-Con, the Harveys enjoyed long runs at
the Dallas Fantasy Fair and, most recently, at Oaklandís
Wondercon. The Pittsburgh Comicon is the fourth venue for the awards.
Adele Kurtzman, Harvey's widow, selected Pittsburgh Comicon as
the site for the 2000 and 2001 Harvey Awards after careful consideration
of several sites. "I felt it was time to make a change,"
Mrs. Kurtzman said. "The annual award banquet in Dallas was
a wonderful event for Harvey, our family, and the many professionals
and fans who supported and attended it. I want to return to that
special feeling. I've always liked the city of Pittsburgh, and my
daughter Nellie and I are very much looking forward to being there
The Pittsburgh Comicon is run by Michael and Renee George and has
a reputation as one of the best organized comic conventions in the
country. In 1999, the show's attendance topped 7,500 and attracted
more than 300 comics and media professionals. Pittsburgh is also
known for its good works: the convention raised more than $55,000
for the Make-A-Wish Foundation over its first six years, and last
year alone Pittsburgh raised in excess of $5,000 for the Comic
Book Legal Defense Fund. Pittsburgh Comicon was also the host
of the CBLDF's 1999 Defender of Liberty Award. This year's Defender
of Liberty Award ceremony will follow the Harvey Awards on Saturday
"We're thrilled to be given the opportunity to host the Harveys,"
said Renee George. "We want Pittsburgh to become a 'must-attend'
convention. These prestigious awards are a major step in that direction.
My husband and I and our staff will support this program to the
very best of our abilities."
Adele Kurtzman also named a new administrative team to oversee
the details of the balloting process and the awards ceremony. As
Harvey Awards Administrator, Paul McSpadden spearheads a volunteer
committee consisting of Denis Kitchen, Chris Oarr, Chris Bleistein,
Jamie Riehle and Nellie Kurtzman, daughter of Harvey Kurtzman.
Paul McSpadden, who works at the Head Start program in Dallas,
was the individual most responsible for the Harvey Awards during
its Dallas period. He and his wife Connie accept the thankless task
of hand counting many thousands of individual category nomination
ballots, as well as the final winning ballots. "It's an honor
to be back," said McSpadden. "I have the utmost respect
for Harvey, both as a person and creator, and want that same dignity
he personified to carry over into the awards." He added that
initial nomination ballots would be mailed to qualified professionals
in mid-January. (Note: Any industry professional who does not receive
a ballot should contact the e-mail address listed below.)
Denis Kitchen, under his former Kitchen Sink Press imprint, published
several collections of Harvey Kurtzman's work, including "Goodman
Beaver," "From Aargh! To Zap!," "Hey Look!,"
and "Harvey Kurtzmanís Jungle Book." He also serves
as the literary and art agent for the Kurtzman estate. "I'm
very happy to become involved in the Harvey Awards," Kitchen
said. "When I was at Kitchen Sink Press it was one of my favorite
events of the year. It is the intention of the committee to make
this award and presentation better than ever, in honor of Harvey
Kurtzman and the pinnacle of quality and creativity he represents."
"I'm delighted that Paul McSpadden is willing to become involved
again," said Mrs. Kurtzman. "And Harvey and I have had
a long and warm history with Denis." The announcement of the
master of ceremonies and guest speaker for the Harvey Awards banquet
will be made at a later date.
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