The late, great comic creator Darwyn Cooke, who passed away last year, will be honoured by the Harvey Awards Committee at this year's New York Comic Con this week.
At a reception being held Saturday at the Hudson Annex 38 (October 7th, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.), the beloved artist will be inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame. The larger awards grouping is skipping 2017 as part of the relocation from Baltimore Comic Con to New York Comic Con, but this smaller reception will take place in its stead. The full awards will return in 2018.
Nellie Kurtzman, daughter of Harvey Kurtzman, stated of the decision to include Cooke:
"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."
Cooke is no stranger to such honours, of course — the Canadian creator has won Eisner Awards, too. He is known for his work on favourites such as Catwoman and DC: The New Frontier, as well as The Spirit and Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter.
As part of the reception, the Harvey Awards Committee will also be honouring Fairy Tail manga-ka Hiro Mashima with the International Spotlight honour.
"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."
The reception ceremony will be held at the Hudson Annex 38 on Saturday, October 7th from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.