Harvey Awards statuePress Release

The Harvey Awards dinner and presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 8th, at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Tickets are now available for the event, which will begin at 7:00pm with a cocktail hour, to be followed at 8:00pm with dinner and the awards ceremony.

The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

"Last year, we were very pleased with the response from the industry and specifically from our community regarding the Harvey Awards coming to Baltimore. We were eager to increase their profile and the recognition of their standing. Based on the feedback received, we made a very good start. This year, we're looking to build on that, and we hope as many fans of the comic arts as possible will join us," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Guests for dinner and the awards ceremony will enjoy a full banquet style dinner of filet mignon and Baltimore style crabcake. For the second year, we are pleased to have Kyle Baker to act as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Sergio Aragonés, co-creator of Groo and MAD artist, will serve as keynote speaker. In addition, the 2nd Annual Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.

New this year is the gift bag available to all dinner guests. The first 300 attendees will receive The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales - Volume 1 which features work by award namesake Harvey Kurtzman and many other greats, as well as a complete base set of the soon-to-be-released Jericho Season One trading cards from Inkworks, an exclusive cloisonné pin from AdHouse Books, a Comic-Con exclusive edition of 30 Days of Night: Red Snow #1 from IDW Publishing, a Toon Tumbler drinking glass from Popfun merchandising, and an exclusive Harvey Awards keychain from LaserMach.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale now. Tickets to the event, which includes the full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner, and awards ceremony, are now available for $75. For those who wish to attend the ceremony only, tickets are available for $10 or free with a two-day pass to the convention. The hall will be opened for those ticket holders at approximately 8:45. Attendees who purchase a ceremony-only ticket are not eligible to receive the gift bag.

Tickets are available by calling Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, Maryland at (410) 526-7410. Major Credit Cards will be accepted for payment. The two-day convention tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster, accessible from www.comicon.com/baltimore.

Named Sponsors of the 2007 Harvey Awards include Geppi's Entertainment Museum, DC Comics, Top Shelf Comix, Painted Visions Comics, Cards, and Games, and Top Cow Productions. Without these sponsors, the event would not be possible and the Baltimore Comic-Con expresses their gratitude to them. While time is short, there are still sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information about The Harvey Awards, visit www.harveyawards.org.

For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, visit www.comicon.com/baltimore.

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