Winners Including Gene Leun Yang, Kamome Shirahama, and Matt Bors Announced Ahead of Digital Ceremony During New York Comic Con’s Metaverse

NEW YORK, NY – October 5, 2020 – The Harvey Awards are proud to reveal the winners of this year’s awards in the following categories: Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best Children or Young Adult Book, Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Best Manga, and Best International Book. The Harvey Award winners are:

  • Book of the Year: DRAGON HOOPS by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
  • Digital Book of the Year – THE NIB edited by Matt Bors (
  • Best Children or Young Adult Book: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)
  • Best MangaWITCH HAT ATELIER by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)
  • Best International BookGRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic NovelWATCHMEN by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

The Harvey Awards will also be inducting Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) and the founding members of Milestone Media (Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek T. Dingle, and Michael Davis) into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame.

The digital ceremony for this year’s Harvey Award will be broadcast on Friday, October 9 at 7:50 PM EDT as part of New York Comic Con and MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse. The virtual event will be hosted by award-winning author and producer Vivek Tiwary and will feature appearances by Gene Luen Yang, Damon Lindelof, Jill Thompson, Milestone Media, Neil Gaiman, Jarrett Krosoczka and more. For details, visit

“On behalf of our team involved in assembling the 32nd Annual Harvey Awards, we extend our congratulations to the winners!”, said Chris D’Lando, Harvey Awards Coordinator and ReedPop Content Manager.

The Harvey Awards honors books and creators working in sequential art across a variety of categories and is one of the industry’s longest-running and most prestigious annual events.

Initial nominees for this year’s awards were selected by a committee of diverse industry voices with the final ballot voted on and winners decided by creators, publishing professionals, retailers, educators, and librarians. The 2020 Harvey Award’s coordinators are Eden Miller along with Camilla Di Persia and Chris D’Lando of ReedPop. The Harvey Awards Steering Committee is co-chaired by Nellie Kurtzman, John Lind, and Chip Mosher.

For more information about Harvey Kurtzman and the Harvey Awards, please visit or follow the Harvey Awards on social media (Facebook and Twitter).

The 2020 Harvey Awards are proudly sponsored by HarperAlley and 1021 Creative.

New York Comic Con is the ultimate pop culture destination event in the United States. NYCC brings the best of comics, television, film, exhibitors, celebrities, cosplay, anime, and more to create memorable, uniquely exciting experiences for fans. These experiences transcend beyond the walls of the Javits Center and continue to live beyond the weekend of NYCC through the online world of New York Comic Con’s Metaverse.  For more information, please visit

About Harvey Kurtzman and the Harvey Awards:

Harvey Kurtzman (1924–1993), creator of MAD, was a cartoonist and pop culture icon. Among the most influential American satirists, he was known for his visionary abilities that encompassed author, artist, designer, and editor, and combined those skills in some capacity in almost every project he was involved in. The Harvey Awards, presented annually since 1988, are named in his honor and aim to recognize the achievements among creators and their books in the publishing industry.

About ReedPop:

ReedPop is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions — the world’s leading events organizer. Launched in 2006, the group has become the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe as well as a full-service digital content provider and media company. Delivering once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences curated specifically for localized audiences, ReedPop currently features events in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including: New York Comic Con (NYCC); Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2); PAX West, East, South, and Unplugged; Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC); Star Wars Celebration; MCM Comic Con; Eurogamer Expo (EGX); Comic Con Paris; BookCon; Comic Con Seoul; Comic Con Africa; Minecraft Festival; ComplexCon; POPSUGAR Play/Ground; Salon du Chocolat NY; and more. In addition to organizing and managing events, ReedPop also runs and operates the Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading gaming websites including Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, and GamesIndustry.Biz. The staff at ReedPop are a fan-based, globally focused group of professionals that are uniquely qualified to build and serve the communities with whom they share a common passion. (