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Awards | The awards ceremony for the recently renamed Stan Lee Eagle Awards has disappeared from the program of the London Film and Comic Con, and has been replaced by the True Believers Comic Awards. It’s not clear whether this is just a name change or something more, as Mike Conroy, the organizer of both awards, had no comment, but the Stan Lee nominations page is gone. There is an online voting page for the True Believers Comic Awards, however. Lee is still scheduled to attend the event in person. [Down the Tubes]
Creators | Writer Caitlin Kittredge talks about her first comic, Coffin Hill. [The Kindle Post]
Creators | I interviewed the “three-headed monster” behind the Adventures in Cartooning books — James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost — about their new kids’ graphic novel Sleepless Knight. [Good Comics for Kids]
Nearly two years after their presumed demise, the United Kingdom’s Eagle Awards have reemerged with a new name and host convention: The Stan Lee Eagle Awards, to be presented July 12 at London Film and Comic Con.
Named after the British children’s comic Eagle, the fan awards were presented more or less annually from 1977 until going dormant in the early 1990s. They were resurrected again in 2000, only to be shuttered in 2012 with a surprise announcement that made public a riff between awards chair Cassandra Conroy and MCM Expo.
Conroy, daughter of Eagle Awards co-founder Mike Conroy, is again at the helm. “My dad’s intention was always to give the fans a voice, and I’m delighted that this latest initiative will take his vision to an entirely new plane,” she said in a statement.
Confirming rumors of a behind-the-scenes struggle with London MCM Expo, the co-owner of the Eagle Awards dismissed the widely reported announcement made Friday that this was the last year for the venerable U.K. fan awards.
“To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of the Eagles’ death have been greatly exaggerated,” Cassandra Conroy, daughter of awards co-founder Mike Conroy, said in a press release.
Bryan Cooney, managing director of MCM Expo, surprised many in the industry when he closed Friday’s ceremony with the news that the Eagles would be replaced next year by the MCM Awards, ending a tradition that dates back to 1977. Conroy said she and her father boycotted the ceremony “in response to actions that are now being reviewed by my lawyer” and, therefore, did not hear Cooney’s remarks.
Although the Eagles have been co-owned by MCM Expo since 2010, Conroy insists the organization “is in no position to announce, imply or indicate otherwise.” “In fact no third party can casually discard what my father has developed over the past 36 years,” she said. “The Eagles will continue to soar into 2013 and beyond. We’ll be announcing further details of our plans for next year in the near future.”
Named after the British children’s comic Eagle, the awards were presented more or less annually from 1977 until going dormant in the early 1990s. They were resurrected again in 2000.
The winners of the 2012 Eagle Awards were announced over the weekend at the London MCM Expo. This was revealed to be the last year for the United Kingdom-based fan awards, which were established in 1976. MCM Expo, which co-owns the Eagle Awards, apparently plans to debut its own version next year.
The winners are:
Favorite newcomer writer: Jeff Lemire
Favorite newcomer artist: Francesco Francavilla
Favorite writer: Scott Snyder
Favorite writer/artist: Frank Miller
Favorite artist — pencils: J.H. Williams III
Creators | iZombie writer Chris Roberson discusses his recent public announcement that he would no longer accept work from DC Comics and his subsequent dismissal from his last writing job for the publisher. “Well, this has been building over the last few months, and mostly had to do with what I saw DC and Time Warner doing in regards to creator relations. I think the first thing — you have to understand that when I first started working for DC in 2008, the Siegels had just recaptured half of the copyright for Action Comics #1 and I felt very good about that. That seemed like a very positive step. And then over the course of the last few months there has been the counter-suit against the Siegels’ lawyer, Marc Toberoff, and I was less sanguine about that, and starting to get a little itchy about it, and then there were just a few general things about the way that it seemed that DC regards creators now that are working for them — and I can talk about that more in detail — but the real kind of proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was the announcement at the beginning of February of Before Watchmen, which I just thought was unconscionable. And so I had already signed a contract by that point to do six more issues of iZombie, of which three of them had been turned in, and so I just made the decision to go ahead and turn in the remaining three, not wanting to jeopardize the livelihood of my collaborators Mike and Laura Allred. But once I turned in the last one, even though I had other work lined up, I would have to at least — if only for my own peace of mind — let people know that I wasn’t happy with it.” [The Comics Journal]
Voting is open through April 2 for the 2012 Eagle Awards, the United Kingdom-based fan awards recognizing U.K. and U.S. creators and works. Fans can vote online for their favorites in 29 categories, from newcomer and publisher to single story and roll of honor. Comic Book Resources, which won the 2010 and 2011 awards for favorite comics-related website, is nominated again this year.
The winners will be announced May 25 in conjunction with the London MCM Expo. The nominees are:
Favorite newcomer writer
• J.H. Williams III
• Jeff Lemire
• Michael Carroll
• Nathan Edmondson
• Robert Curley
Favorite newcomer artist
• Axel Medellin
• Declan Shalvey
• Emanuela Lupacchino
• Francesco Francavilla
• Mahmud Asrar
Publishing | Four months in, the DC Comics relaunch seems to be a success. The most recent sales figures show Justice League #1 selling more than 360,000 copies since August, and Batman #1 and Action Comics #1 selling more than 250,000. By contrast, Marvel’s strongest seller was Ultimate Spider-Man #160, which was in the 160,000-copy neighborhood. These figures seem to reflect sales in the direct market only; it would be interesting to see how many digital copies have been sold. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Awards | Nominations are open for this year’s Eagle Awards. [Eagle Awards]
Retailing | San Francisco retailer Brian Hibbs shares the top-selling graphic novels in his store for 2011, by units and by dollars. [Savage Critics]
Retailing | Christopher Butcher looks back on the events of the past year in the comics store he manages, Toronto’s The Beguiling. [The Beguiling blog]
J.H. Williams III, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison and Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba were among the big winners of the 2011 Eagle Awards, presented Saturday in conjunction with the London MCM Expo. Comic Book Resources was selected as the best comics-related website for the second year in a row.
Established in 1976, the United Kingdom-based fan awards recognized U.K. and U.S. creators and their works. The winners are:
Favorite newcomer writer: Paul Cornell
Favorite newcomer artist: Sara Pichelli
Favorite writer: Grant Morrison
Favorite writer/artist: Mike Mignola
Favorite artist — pencils: J.H. Williams III
Favorite artist — inks: Mike Mignola
Favorite artist — fully painted works: J.H. Williams III
Favorite colorist: Dave Stewart
Favorite letterer: Richard Starkings
Favorite editor: Matt Smith/Tharg
Favorite publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo/WildStorm
Favorite American comic book — color: Batman and Robin, by Grant Morrison plus various (DC Comics)
Favorite American comic book — black and white: The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (Image Comics)
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Voting is open for the 2011 Eagle Awards, the United Kingdom-based fan awards recognizing U.K. and U.S. creators and works. Fans can vote online for their favorites in 29 categories, from newcomer and publisher to single story and roll of honor.
Comic Book Resources, which won the 2010 award for favorite comics-related website, is nominated again this year.
The winners will be announced May 27 in conjunction with the London MCM Expo. The nominees are:
Favorite newcomer writer
• Paul Cornell
• Bryan Lee O’Malley
• Al Ewing
• Nick Spencer
• Scott Snyder
Favorite newcomer artist
• Bryan Lee O’Malley
• Rafael Albuquerque
• Sara Pichelli
• Sean Murphy
• Fiona Staples
DC Comics’ Batman & Robin led this year’s Eagle Awards with wins in three categories, plus a nod for artist Frank Quitely.
Presented Friday in conjunction with the MCM Expo in London, the fan awards recognize U.S. and U.K. comics and creators for work from the previous year. The winners are:
Favorite Newcomer Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Favorite Newcomer Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Favorite Writer: Warren Ellis
Favorite Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
Favorite Artist — Pencils: Frank Quitely
Favorite Artist — Inks: Kevin O’Neill
Favorite Artist — Fully Painted Artwork: J.H. Williams III
Favorite Colorist: Ben Templesmith
Favorite Letterer: Todd Klein
Favorite Editor: Axel Alonso
Favorite Publisher — DC/Vertigo
Favorite Color Comic Book — American: Batman & Robin
Favorite Color Comic Book — British: 2000 AD
Favorite Black and White Comic Book — American: The Walking Dead
Favorite Black and White Comic Book — British: Whatever Happened to the World’s Fastest Man?
Favorite New Comic Book: Batman & Robin
Favorite Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist
Favorite European Comic Book: Requiem Chevalier Vampire
Favorite Single Issue Story Published During 2009: Phonogram — The Singles Club 4 : Konichiwa Bitches
Favorite Continued Story Published During 2009: The Walking Dead #61-65: “Fear The Hunters”
Favorite Cover Published During 2009: Batman & Robin #4
Favorite Original Graphic Novel Published During 2009: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century
Favorite Reprint Compilation: Captain Britain Omnibus
Favorite Magazine About Comics: Wizard
Favorite Comics-Related Book: The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels (Andy Schmidt)
Favorite Comics-Related Movie or TV Show: Watchmen
Favorite Comics-Related Website: Comic Book Resources
Favorite Web-Based Comic: Freak Angels
Roll of Honor: Brian Bolland
Legal | In what some have already dubbed “the next Christopher Handley case,” Wikipedia co-founder Lawrence Sanger has reported Wikimedia Commons to the FBI for “knowingly distributing child pornography” in violation of Section 1466A of the U.S. PROTECT Act. Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002 and four years later launched the rival Citizendium, specifically points to entries on pedophilia and lolicon.
Manga collector Christopher Handley was sentenced in February under the same federal statute for possessing “obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.” [The Register, Icarus Publishing, Geekosystem]
Business | This profile of Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger suggests there’s already friction between Marvel’s Isaac Perlmutter and Disney’s consumer productions division: “Hollywood, familiar with Mr. Perlmutter’s penchant for ruling his roost, has started to whisper: Will he turn into Mr. Iger’s version of Harvey Weinstein, the hard-charging Miramax co-founder who caused Mr. Eisner so many headaches after Disney acquired the little studio?” [The New York Times]