Harvey Award

Harvey Award
Awarded for Achievement in comic books
Location Chicago Comicon (1988)
Dallas Fantasy Fair (1989–1995)
WonderCon (1997–1999)
Pittsburgh Comicon (2000–2002)
MoCCA Festival (2004–2005)
Baltimore Comic-Con (2006–present)
Country United States
Presented by Harvey Awards Executive Committee
First awarded 1988
Official website www.harveyawards.org

The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. Named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman (1924–1993), the Harvey Awards were founded by Gary Groth, president of the publisher Fantagraphics, as part of a successor to the Kirby Awards (which were discontinued after 1987).[1]

The Harvey Awards are nominated by an open vote among comic-book professionals. The winners are selected from the top five nominees in each category by a final round of voting.

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.[2]

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, and the Baltimore 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).[3] The new awards also established several new categories from their predecessor the Kirby Awards, including awards for inking, lettering, coloring, and production design.[3]

The Harvey Awards were initially sponsored by Fantagraphics, the Texas-based retailer Lone Star Comics, and the Eastern Region Comic Book Retailers Association (ERCBRA).[3] Fantagraphics established the relationship with Harvey Kurtzman, designed the ballots, and compiled a mailing list of over 1,000 comics professionals.[3] Employees at Lone Star Comics were in charge of tabulating the ballots.[3]

The nominations for the first Harvey Awards were announced in May 1988[3] and presented at the Chicago Comicon in July 1988.[4]

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.[5] Because of the last-minute nature of the Dallas Fantasy Fair's cancellation in July 1996,[6] the awards banquet/presentation was cancelled and the awards were later mailed out to the recipients.[7]

WonderCon hosted the awards from 1997–1999.[8] The 2000–2002 awards were presented at the Pittsburgh Comicon,[9] with Evan Dorkin serving as master of ceremonies.[8] Jeff Smith was the keynote speaker of the 2000 awards.[8] 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.[10][11] Tony Millionaire gave the keynote speech at the 2002 awards ceremony.[8] 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.[8]

In 2004 and 2005, the presentation was held at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Festival in New York City.[12][13]

In 2006[14] the awards' presentation was moved to Baltimore Comic-Con,[15] where it has been held annually ever since.


Awards are given out in the following categories:

Past winners

The 28th annual Harvey Awards were presented in September 2015 at the Baltimore Comic Con.

See also


  1. "Newswatch: Kirby Awards End In Controversy", The Comics Journal #122 (June 1988), pp. 19-20.
  2. "Sponsors," Harvey Awards official site. Accessed May 3, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 C. M. "Behind the Harveys," The Comics Journal #122 (June 1988), p. 19.
  4. Drevets, Tricia. "From Archie to Space Ghost," Chicago Tribune (01 July 1988), p. 15.
  5. Price, Michael H. "Harvey Kurtzman, Founder Of Mad, Remembered As A Comic-industry Giant," Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (March 06, 1993).
  6. "People Watch," Fort Worth Star-Telegram (July 26, 1996), p. 7.
  7. Dean, Michael. "Newswatch: 2002 Harvey Awards: Motivations and Mathematics," The Comics Journal #244 (June 2002), pp. 16–21.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 Press release. "2003 Harvey Awards Banquet Cancelled, Awards Unaffected, Comic Book Resources (Jan. 24, 2003).
  9. Mervis, Scott. "Heroic comeback," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (27 Apr 2001), p. 22.
  10. Silvie, Matt. "Wizard Ripped as Pittsburgh Comicon Gains Prominence," The Comics Journal #234 (June 2001), pp. 16-17.
  11. Brady, Matt. "Baltimore Comic Con '08: 2008 Harvey Awards Announced," Newsarama (Sept. 27, 2008).
  12. HarveyAwards.org: "Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Announces 2004 Harveys Nominees"
  13. Press release (May 13, 2005): "18th Annual Harvey Awards Winners to Be Announced in June 11 Ceremony in NYC"
  14. Official Press Release. "2006 Harvey Award Nominees Announced," Comic Book Resources (June 1, 2006).
  15. Greenberger, Robert. "Here are your 2011 Harvey Award nominees", ComicMix, July 5, 2011
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