Having just received a “Media Advisory” from icons.org.uk celebrating Guy Fawkes’ nomination as a national British icon, I thought I’d check to see who else was up for this “celebration of British culture”, backed by Culture Online, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Bad news, folks, The Eagle is currently not considered an icon by those who’ve voted on some 700 plus nominations so far — although Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes are, and have already earned themselves “Iconic” status.
If you don’t agree with the current vote – apparently some one million votes have been cast for various potential icons since January — why not nip over to the Eagle’s nomination page and vote for it?
Also up for nomination are Richmal Crompton’s “Just William”, John Peel’s radio Show, car boot sales, “The Saint”, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Daleks, Andy Capp, glove puppet hero Sooty, Roy of the Rovers, Biggles, jam roly pudding, Oliver Postgate’s children’s programmes – yes, the Clangers! -, Basil Brush, the Tufty Club (I’ve still got my badge), Paddington Bear, Mods and Rockers, Hawkwind, the Goon Show, James Bond, the three-pin plug, real ale, Rupert the Bear, Camden Market, Wallace & Gromit, Winnie the Pooh, Doctor Who — and knotted handkerchiefs on the beach.
No Jeff Hawke, Judge Dredd or Dan Dare himself yet, but the nominations are glorious!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.