If you follow comics, you’re probably familiar with the Harvey Awards, named in honor of comics legend Harvey Kurtzman. They’re one of the industry’s most iconic awards, and they’ve had quite a few homes. For the past decade, the awards ceremony has taken place at Baltimore Comic-Con. Now, though, ReedPOP (the organization behind NYCC and many other cons) has announced that the Harvey Awards have a new home at New York Comic Con.
The move makes sense; San Diego Comic-Con has the Eisner Awards, and NYCC has been accused of letting the convention’s focus drift too far from comics. This is a great way to make sure that the original intent of the con stays front and center. It also ensures comics professionals will make their way to New York Comic Con every year.
NYCC will have a reduced presence this year, as its venue, the Javits Center in New York City, is undergoing a renovation. That means even less space for an already packed convention. That’s likely the reason, along with timing, that the Harvey Awards will only have a reception this year, in lieu of a full awards ceremony. That will occur on Saturday, October 7, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hudson Annex 38. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the awards, and there will be a full ceremony at the convention. Nellie Kurtzman, Harvey Kurtzman’s daughter, told ComicBook.com, “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.”