Darwyn Cooke will be posthumously presented with the Hall of Fame award from the Harvey Awards at New York Comic Con this year, ReedPOP announced Friday. At a reception held Saturday Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., Cooke's life and legacy will be honored, after the writer/artist earned eight Harvey Awards throughout his 31-year career.
Cooke was a beloved creator of comics as well as an animator, working on everything from the "Timmverse" series of animated series based on DC Comics characters starting with Batman: The Animated Series, to DC: The New Frontier and his adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker novels. Cooke's wife Marsha Cooke and artist Adam Kubert will accept the award on his behalf.
Hiro Mashima, a mangaka known for his series Fairy Tail, will be honored with the International Spotlight during the same ceremony.
The Harveys are named after legendary artist Harvey Kurtzman, whose daughter, Nellie Kurtzman now chairs the committee for the Awards.
"We are honored to celebrate Darwyn Cooke’s life and art with this year’s Hall of Fame award as he made such an impact on the industry,” said Nellie Kurtzman in a press release. “New this year, is our spotlighting an international comic creator and we are privileged to have Hiro Mashima in attendance. Celebrating the comics arts by respecting legends like Darwyn Cooke and Hiro Mashima is what the Harvey Awards are all about. We are looking forward to having a wonderful Harvey Awards reception this year."
Original art from both artists will be on display at the event, a precursor to the Harvey Awards officially moving to New York Comic Con in 2018 for the 30th anniversary of the Awards. Joining Nellie Kurtzman on the committee are John Lind and Chip Mosher.
"We are thrilled to host such an iconic award show during one of the biggest comic events of the year, New York Comic Con," said Lance Fensterman, Global Head of ReedPOP. "We are even more excited to honor the life and work of the late great Harvey Kurtzman here in his hometown, while celebrating the industry's best work."
New York Comic Con runs Oct. 5-8, 2017 at the Javitz Center in Manhattan, as well as satellite locations throughout New York.