Harvey Awards will return in 2018 at the New York Comic Con

Annual awards will skip 2017 as ReedPOP plans a reception honoring Harvey Kurtzman at this year’s show.

The Harvey Awards will find a new home next year at the New York Comic Con, the annual fall convention managed by ReedPop. According to Newsarama, NYCC will host a reception this year honoring the legacy of Harvey Kurtzman and the awards that were named after him, with a full awards ceremony planned for 2018.

“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.”

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Nominees announced for first Ringo Awards

The nominees for the first-ever Ringo Awards have been announced, representing “an aggregate of jury and fan top nominations.” The nomination process was open to anyone, which has led to some unexpected choices. Only comic professionals can vote on the final winners.

The jury includes: John Haines, Jamar Nicholas, Chris Powell, Hannah Means-Shannon and Jose Villarrubia.

Named for artist Mike Wieringo, who passed away in 2007, the award will be presented at Baltimore Comic-Con Sept. 23, the former home of the Harvey Awards.

Check out the nominees below:

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Comics Lowdown: IDW adapts ‘The Force Awakens,’ Ringos slated for BCC

Plus: Jack Kirby and William Messner-Loebs to receive the Bill Finger Award, why millennials like webcomics and more.

IDW announced its all-ages Star Wars Adventures comic series a few months ago, but they sprang a surprise this week: In August, they will publish an 80-page graphic novel adaptation of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The graphic novel, which is also intended for younger readers, is part of Disney’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program, which is designed to gin up excitement for the eighth movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be out in December. The writer of the adaptation is Alessandro Ferrari, and the art is provided by “a group of Disney artists intended to bridge the gap between Star Wars and traditional Disney animation, making it more attractive for younger audiences.” You’d think people with that sort of ability would merit an actual name credit, but I guess not. This same anonymous group has done other Star Wars graphic novel adaptations that were published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, and in fact, Bleeding Cool notes that this graphic novel was announced in an article about them almost a year ago. That means the big news is really the publisher—it looks like IDW, will launch Star Wars Adventures in September, is becoming the chief publisher of Star Wars comics for young readers.

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Baltimore Comic-Con honors 75 years of ‘Archie’

A huge list of artists contribute their renditions of Archie and Friends for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook.

In past years the Baltimore Comic-Con has spotlighted an independent comic creation in their annual yearbook, available at the show and featuring a collection of pin-ups by other artists. Usagi Yojimbo, for instance, was featured in 2013 for the character’s 30th anniversary. This year the convention has chosen a whole line of characters to feature, as they honor Archie Comics’ 75th anniversary.

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