Friday, April 23, 2010

2010 Eagle Awards Deadline Approaches



Nominations for the 2010 Eagle Awards will close May 9th. The top five nominees going through to the voting round will be announced at a press conference being held at 11:00am on Sunday, May 23rd at the Bristol International Comic and Small Press Expo.

Attending the event are organiser Cassandra Conroy, Barry Renshaw, Glenn Carter, and special guests who will discuss not only the Eagle Awards but also the next step in the evolution of the medium’s longest running prizes. Considered a major step forward for the industry as a whole the move has already drawn support from numerous luminaries among them Peter Bagge, Karen Berger, Howard Chaykin, Steve Epting, Geoff Johns, Denny O’Neil, Jeff Smith, Bryan Talbot, and Brian Wood.

Hosting the meeting is awards founder Mike Conroy who said “I’m really impressed with what Barry and my daughter have planned, it’s a major step forward for the industry and I believe people will be elated when all is revealed.”

There has been a lot of Internet chatter about the Eagles following their absence last year. Rumours were rife with many opining that the Eagles were either on hiatus or even gone forever. Some went so far to suggest the 2010 awards wouldn’t happen. They were of the opinion that Cassandra’s youth was against her and that the pressure was “just too much”.

‘Anyone that believes I was going in blind and na├»ve is wrong,’ stated Cassandra. ‘There are numerous reasons why 2009 didn’t happen but the call for nominations generated such small numbers that with all our other problems (including the loss of venue) the whole exercise became futile. Last year was far more of an uphill battle than I’d anticipated. I tried everything as did my father, but even with a lot of support there were just too many things against us.’

‘But that was last year,” she continued. ‘In our first week of being live for 2010, the volume of nominees was already four times greater than in 2009. With three weeks to go I’m looking to the future not the past!”

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For further information/interviews, please contact Cassandra Conroy at:

Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent international prizes, they have been featured on the covers of leading US and UK titles across the last 34 years ranging from Uncanny X-Men and Swamp Thing to MAD, 2000 AD and Back Issue.

Unique in the comics industry in that they reflect both the professional and the reader’s choice, the Eagle Awards comprise of two distinct stages:

(i) A Nominations Form allows the entire comics community to choose their favourites.

(ii) The top five nominations then appear on the voting form for the readers and fans to choose from, thus focusing the fans with no wasted votes.

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