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June 28, 2005

Gary Groth Bashes The Harveys

In his second blog entry at Fantagraphics' Flog!, that company's co-owner Gary Groth fairly beats on the Harveys, a comics award program he founded, now administered in sometimes needlessly mysterious fashion by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. No one who officially reported on the awards seemed to come right out and say it, but I'm hearing from people that this year's Harveys were fairly horrible, with low attendance, spotty representation by nominees, and featuring a generally awkward, ill-conceived show. Groth's dismissal seems fairly typical of a loss of faith in the awards by interested professionals, a foundation that needs to be restored if the awards are to continue in the long term. I'm 70-30 they won't go another five years, with the 30 coming from the fact that comics people are awards crazy.
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