It looks like plans to revive the Eagle Awards have hit a snag, because an all-new comic award has just been announced – with the ceremony scheduled at the exactly same time at London Film and Comic Con as that for the previously-announced Eagles event.
Mike Conroy, who established the Eagle Awards would not comment on what has happened to the planned Stan Lee Eagle Awards, announced back in April (see news story), but you can log on now to the True Believers Awards web site to cast your votes in the first ever True Believer Comic Awards. (A blank page greets visitors to the Stan Lee Eagles site).
Open to professionals and fans alike from around the world, these new awards, run by Cassandra and Mike Conroy, offer professionals and fans alike the opportunity to select their favourites of 2013 in a wide variety of categories covering writers, artists, titles, stories and more.
Voting closes at midnight GMT on Friday 20th June 20 2014 and the results of these international people’s choice awards will be announced on Saturday 12th July 2014 at the London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court 2.
The Eagle Awards were previously hit some time back by what can be politely described as “creative differences” between the Conroys and MCM Expo, with whom they’d partnered to administer Britain’s best-known comics awards. Mike Conroy has not said if the previous joint ownership of the awards is the cause of what is, it seems a name change.
The True Believers Comic Awards ceremony will be held in the presence of legendary Marvel Universe-co-creator Stan Lee (making his last ever official European convention appearance) and many other celebrities to be announced shortly. Tickets for the event are priced £20. Doors open at 7.00 for 7.30pm.
• London Film and Comic Con (www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com) will run from Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th July 2014 in London’s Earls Court 2
The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.
John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.
He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.
Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.