Gail Simone is keynote speaker at Harvey Awards dinner

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On Saturday night, September 6th, the comic book industry, including professionals, retailers, and fans, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to honor the 2014 Harvey Award Nominees for 2013 comic work and present the Harveys to their recipients. The Harvey Awards is proud to welcome Gail Simone as the 2014 Keynote Speaker.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW! Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125. Tickets are available at our website via credit card at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.

Keynote Speaker Gail Simone is a force to be reckoned with in the comics industry. Her razor-sharp writing and witty comedic sense have made her a stand-out in the field.

Simone is a critically acclaimed, fan-favorite writer of comic books and animation. She has written classic runs on such titles as Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Deadpool, Secret Six, and Action Comics. Her creator-owned graphic novel, Leaving Megalopolis, created with co-creator and artist Jim Calafiore, was the highest funded straight comics project in Kickstarter history. She has written animation for Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Brave and the Bold, and Justice League United, and is currently working on the comics Tomb Raider, Red Sonja, and several creator-owned projects.

Looking forward to her Keynote delivery, Simone says: “I am both thrilled and a little terrified to give the keynote speech at the Harvey Awards this year. It makes me happy to see the most talented and dedicated creators be recognized by their peers. If I don’t get star-struck, hopefully I’ll do okay. But that seems pretty unlikely, given the people nominated!”

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Additionally, the Hero Initiative will present 2 awards to outstanding members of the comics community!

The Hero Initiative was established to aid comic creators with a financial safety net when in need of emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. In the years since its inception, the board has created an award to recognize those individuals in the industry that have dedicated their talent over the lifetime of their careers to the comic book community at-large, achieving the status of Hero. Previous recipients include Sal Buscema, John Romita, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Neal Adams, and George Perez. Who will be this year’s lifetime Hero?

The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will also be presented at the Harvey Awards Banquet. Giordano, who passed away in early 2010, was part of Hero Initiative’s Board of Directors. He was also a legendary artist, a guiding force at Charlton Comics and DC Comics for many years, a mentor to his colleagues, and a friend to all who knew him. His legacy epitomizes the caring and commitment Hero Initiative strives to achieve. In his honor, the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity, and to the comic book community at large.

In the coming week, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 5-7, 2014. Convention hours are Friday 1pm to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 7pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 6th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 5-7, 2014. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 9 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

via Baltimore Comic Con