The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. Named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards were founded by Gary Groth in 1988, president of the publisher Fantagraphics, to be the successor to the Kirby Awards that were discontinued in 1987.
|Awarded for||Achievement in comic books|
|Location||Chicago Comicon (1988)|
Dallas Fantasy Fair (1989–1995)
Pittsburgh Comicon (2000–2002)
MoCCA Festival (2004–2005)
Baltimore Comic-Con (2006–2016)
New York Comic Con (2017–present)
|Presented by||Harvey Awards Executive Committee|
The Harvey Awards are now nominated by the Harvey Awards Nomination Committee. The winners are then selected by an open vote among comic-book professionals. The Harveys are no longer affiliated with Fantagraphics. The Harvey Awards Executive Committee is made up of unpaid volunteers, and the Awards themselves are financed through sponsorships.
Since their inception, the awards have been presented at various comic book conventions such as the Chicago Comicon, the Dallas Fantasy Fair, Wondercon, the Pittsburgh Comicon, the MoCCA Festival, the Baltimore Comic-Con, and the New York Comic Con.
The Harvey Awards were created as an industry award voted on entirely by comics professionals (as opposed to awards like the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards and the Eagle Awards, which were also voted on by fans). The new awards also established several new categories from their predecessor the Kirby Awards, including awards for inking, lettering, coloring, and production design.
The Harvey Awards were initially sponsored by Fantagraphics, the Texas-based retailer Lone Star Comics, and the Eastern Region Comic Book Retailers Association (ERCBRA). Fantagraphics established the relationship with Harvey Kurtzman, designed the ballots, and compiled a mailing list of over 1,000 comics professionals. Employees at Lone Star Comics were in charge of tabulating the ballots.
The Dallas Fantasy Fair hosted the awards from 1989 until the Fair's demise in 1996. The 1993 Awards presentation took place shortly after Kurtzman's death; weekend events at the convention were geared toward raising money to keep the awards going. Because of the last-minute nature of the Dallas Fantasy Fair's cancellation in July 1996, the awards banquet/presentation was cancelled and the awards were later mailed out to the recipients.
WonderCon hosted the awards from 1997–1999. The 2000–2002 awards were presented at the Pittsburgh Comicon, with Evan Dorkin serving as master of ceremonies. Jeff Smith was the keynote speaker of the 2000 awards. Frank Miller gave the keynote speech at the 2001 award ceremony, in which he vilified the comic book speculating industry, in particular Wizard magazine. He ended his speech by tearing up a copy of Wizard. Tony Millionaire gave the keynote speech at the 2002 awards ceremony. In 2003, due to a cancellation by scheduled keynote speaker Neil Gaiman, funding shortages forced the cancellation of that year's ceremony and banquet (which had also been scheduled for the Pittsburgh Comicon), although award-winners were still named.
Beginning on October 7, 2017 the Harvey Award ceremony was moved to the New York Comic Con however, for the first year it was only a small reception that honored the legacy of Harvey Kurtzman and no awards were given. In 2018, it will be the 30th anniversary of the awards and there will be a full ceremony held during the convention. Nellie Kurtzman, Harvey Kurtzman's daughter, said "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."
In 2018, the Harvey Awards were rebooted to be slimmed down to six new categories for the main awards and three possible Special Awards. The main award nominations go to works instead of individuals. The nomination process was also revamped to be done by a selection committee instead of an open vote. Final selection for the main awards is still done by an open vote from industry professionals.
The Harvey Awards are awarded in the following categories:
As of 2018, awards are presented in six main categories:
- Book of the Year
- Digital Book of the Year
- Best Children's or Young Adult Book
- Best Adaption From a Comic
- Best Manga Title
- Best European Book
Special Awards chosen by the Harvey Awards Executive Committee:
- Harvey Kurtzman Award for Humor
- Harvey Hall of Fame Award
- International Spotlight Award
- Best Writer
- Best Artist or Penciller
- Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
- Best Inker
- Best Letterer
- Best Colorist
- Best Cover Artist
- Best New Series
- Best Continuing or Limited Series
- Best Single Issue or Story
- Best Graphic Album (discontinued after 1990)
- Best Graphic Album of Original Work
- Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work
- Best Anthology
- Best Syndicated Strip or Panel
- Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation
- Best American Edition of Foreign Material
- Best Domestic Reprint Project
- Best New Talent
- Best Online Comics Work
- Special Award for Humor
- Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation
- The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
- The Jack Kirby Hall of Fame
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