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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 in April."

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 night.

"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.

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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Contact Information

For Press Information or to obtain a Harvey Awards Ballot contact

For Banquet/Convention Information, contact Michael & Renee George at
Phone (814) 467-4116
Fax (814) 467-4416
Web site: http://www.pittsburghcomicon.com

For General Information, contact Denis Kitchen
Phone (413) 586-9844
Fax (413) 586-8295

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contact the above email address
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