MA, January 24, 2003
Awards Committee announced that no formal awards banquet will
be held in 2003. The banquet had been held in conjunction with
Pittsburgh Comic Con the past three years. This will not affect
the 16th annual awarding of the Harveys themselves.
2003 Harvey Awards Banquet Canceled
--- Awards Unaffected
The awards will be presented
on-line at a date to be announced later.
nomination process, the final voting, the announcement of winners
and the physical Harvey awards will be unaffected by the banquet
cancellation," said veteran Harvey Committee Administrator
keynote speaker for 2003 was to have been Neil Gaiman,"
Harvey Committee Chairman Denis Kitchen explained. "But
Neil was forced to cancel his appearance when the April 25-27
Pittsburgh convention conflicted with a European book tour arranged
by his publisher. We were unable to come up with a suitable replacement
speaker in time."
Comic Con promoters Michael and Renee George have,
for the past three years, subsidized the annual deficit of the
Harvey Awards, whose total costs are often not fully covered by
sponsor donations and sales of banquet tickets. Without a popular
keynote speaker to fill seats, an awards banquet can lose a lot
and Michael have been very generous to the Harveys in the past,
but we didn't want to saddle them with the substantial cost of
a banquet this year without an offsetting star speaker,"
McSpadden said. "So the committee has relieved them of the
financial obligation to host the event."
Harvey awards, named after legendary cartoonist and MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman, are awarded annually for excellence
in various creative categories in the comic book field. The award
ceremonies have previously been hosted by Wonder Con
(1997-1999) and Dallas Fantasy Fair (1989-1996) after an
initial debut at Chicago Comic Con in 1988.
noted that Adele Kurtzman, Harvey's widow, had granted
Pittsburgh a three-year lease to host the event from 2000-2002,
with a one-year extension for 2003. He said that the committee
would be addressing the issue of venue going forward, along with
other matters, during meetings in the near future.
Harvey Award Committee currently consists of Todd Scott, Nellie Kurtzman,
Anthony Bozzi, Dave Bissel, Jim Titus, McSpadden
and Kitchen. Cartoonist Evan Dorkin has been the Master
of Ceremonies at the past three events, at which Jeff Smith,
Frank Miller and Tony Millionaire have given keynote
addresses. Jamie Riehle oversees the official web site
committee also announced that it is actively seeking new members.
Serious comics fans and industry professionals who are not directly
eligible for Harvey awards and who are interested in participating
should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to: Harvey Awards, P.O. Box 329, Northampton
following is a separate statement from Pittsburgh Comic Con....
are disappointed to announce that Neil Gaiman has had to cancel
his appearance at the 2003 Pittsburgh Comicon due to a conflict
with his European book tour. Because so much of our pre-convention
advertising has focused on Mr. Gaiman's appearance, we felt it
was important to let all of our and his fans know of this change. An unfortunate consequence of Mr. GaimanŐs cancellation is
the cancellation of the Harvey Awards banquet for which Mr. Gaiman
was to be the keynote speaker.
The Harvey Award nominations and award presentations plan
to go on as scheduled but without the added feature of a banquet.
This was a cooperative decision between the Harvey Awards
Committee and the Board of the Pittsburgh Comicon.
This is in NO WAY a condemnation of Mr. Gaiman or the Harvey
Awards Committee. We
appreciate and are flattered that Mr. Gaiman wanted to come to
Pittsburgh and we are hopeful that we can have him at a future
we are proud of our three-year association with the Harvey Awards
and we look forward to working with them in the future. Are we disappointed? Of Course! But we our still VERY upbeat
about our tenth anniversary.
We still plan to give the fans a comic book spectacular,
including first time guests such as Adam Hughes, Bill Morrison,
Terry Austin and Erin Gray as well as returning favorites such
as George Perez, Michael Linsner, Jim Balent, Michael Turner and
many, many more. (An
updated list of our guest list can be found at http://www.pittsburghcomicon.com. Plus, our tenth anniversary
coincides with the tenth anniversary of Terry Moore's Strangers
in Paradise and the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dawn of
the Dead, both of which will be celebrated at the show. Other huge surprises are in the works
for April. Continue
to watch our website and advertising for announcements. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment caused
by the cancellations and we look forward to seeing you at the
& Renee George