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Eagle Awards ‘will continue to soar into 2013,’ organizer insists

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.

Winners announced for 2012 Eagle Awards

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

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Voting opens for 2012 Eagle Awards

Eagle Awards

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

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2011 Eagle Awards winners announced

Eagle Awards

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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Comics A.M. | Justiniano pleads not guilty; Burkle loads up on B&N stock

Josue Rivera (aka Justiniano)

Crime | Josue Rivera, the comic artist known as Justiniano, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possessing more than 100 photographs and videos containing child pornography. Rivera was arrested in Connecticut on May 10 following a July incident in which police say he mistakenly gave a funeral home director a thumb drive containing 33 files classified as child pornography instead of the one containing photos of a deceased relative. Police later seized Rivera’s computer and found 153 files of suspected child pornography. On Tuesday, the 38-year-old artist pleaded not guilty to first-degree possession of child pornography, and requested a jury trial. [Connecticut Post]

Retailing | Days after it was announced that media conglomerate Liberty Media offered $1 billion to buy Barnes & Noble, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle has revealed he bought another 603,000 shares at $18.49 a share, raising his stake in the bookseller to 19.74 percent. The Wall Street Journal suggests that Burkle, already the book chain’s largest shareholder, may be “playing a potentially dangerous game of chicken to force a takeover price for Barnes & Noble even higher.” [Deal Journal]

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Comics A.M. | Dynamite CEO on industry; why doesn’t cartooning pay?

Green Hornet

Publishing | Dynamite Entertainment CEO Nick Barrucci talks frankly about the state of the marketplace, digital comics, and his company’s plans. He also acknowledges some missteps: “Green Hornet was a license we paid a lot of attention to last year, probably too much attention. Going back to what we were talking about earlier, putting out too much product, we put out too much Green Hornet product. Part of it is that we wanted to get trade paperback collections out in time for the movie, and we did that, we succeeded. We built up our market share and we generated more revenue for us and the retailers. I’m going off on a tangent here, so I apologize, but we took that money and reinvested into projects like Vampirella, like Warlord of Mars, like the upcoming Kirby: Genesis. But we overdid it, and that we realize, which is why you don’t see us doing four Vampirella titles and four Warlord of Mars titles.” [ICv2.com]

Creators | For its annual Comics Issue, the Village Voice takes a fascinating, lengthy and very depressing look at the often-grim financial reality faced by cartoonists — an environment to which, it turns out, the Village Voice contributed. “I’m not sure how much you’ll be allowed to write about this,” says Dan Perkins (Tom Tomorrow), “but of course the Village Voice Media chain is one of the major culprits in this  —their decision to ‘suspend’ cartoons [in 15 papers in 2009] dealt a serious blow to the struggling subgenre of alt-weekly cartoons.” It’s noted parenthetically that Tom Tomorrow will return to the paper “within a few months,” and that “many of the artists in this issue aren’t getting paid, but have contributed work for the exposure.” [Village Voice]

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Voting opens for 2011 Eagle Awards

Eagle Awards

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

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Supreme Court

Legal | The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday during oral arguments on a California law that would forbid the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor raised free-speech objections to the statute, with Ginsberg asking: “If you are supposing a category of violent materials dangerous to children, then how do you cut it off at video games? What about films? What about comic books?” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Samuel A. Alito Jr. indicated their belief that the state can restrict the access of minor to video games, while Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Elena Kagan probed the issues without showing their cards. It will probably be several months before the court hands down a decision. [Los Angeles Times, PC World]

Crime | A man charged with orchestrating the July theft of the expensive comics collection of an elderly Rochester, N.Y., man who was beaten and later died has been arrested by FBI agents for allegedly selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise on eBay. [The Daily News]

Crime | Police in Stamford, Conn., charged Spider-Man and Captain America with assault and Poison Ivy with breach of peace following a weekend brawl in a parking garage. [The Associated Press]

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