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Eagle Award
Country 23x15px United Kingdom
Location Comic Expo, Bristol
First awarded 1977
Official website http://www.eagleawards.co.uk

The Eagle Award is a series of awards for comic book titles and creators. They are awarded by UK fan voting for work produced during the previous year. Named after the UK's Eagle comic, the awards were set up by Mike Conroy, Nick Landau, Colin Campbell, Phil Clarke and Richard Burton, and launched in 1977 for comics released in 1976.[1]

History

Origins of the Eagle Awards

Named after the "fifties and sixties" UK comic Eagle because the Eagle symbol was perceived (as described by Burton) to stand "for a standard of quality... seldom reached" in early 1977, the Eagle Awards were so-called "with official blessing from IPC."[1] Described as "the first independent [in the UK], nationally organised comic art awards poll," from the launch, the hope was that they would "become a regular annual fandom event."[1] Ultimately, the awards only became fully annual in 1986, in conjunction with the United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (UKCAC).

Voting

"[S]et up and financed by a group of dealers and fanzine editors," including Mike Conroy and Richard Burton, with the intention of including "people with... diverse interests... to make the poll as impartial as possible," the initial method of casting votes was designed to be inclusive and straightforward.[1] Ballots were made available to "most dealers, shops and fanzines," with completed forms able to be returned to the same place, rather than a centralised location.[1]

An initial ballot formed a list of nominees, from which the voting ballot was created and disseminated in the same manner.[1]

Later life

From 1983/84, the revised Awards included separate UK and US sections, although the work of British authors often dominated both categories. Indeed, in 1986 (for work released during 1985), the awards "proved to be a virtual clean sweep... by Alan Moore," who not only won "favourite writer in both the US and UK categories," but had his work win for favourite comic book, supporting character and new title in the US, and character, continuing story and "character worthy of own title" in the UK (in which last category his works held all top three spots).[2] The 1986 Eagles also saw the introduction of a "free vote... rather than pre-selected nominees," creating a "fairer reflection of fans' opinions, and some anomalous results especially in the Roll of Honor category."[2]

The Eagle Award was briefly replaced by the National Comics Award. The Eagle returned in 2000 as an event at that year's Comic Festival, which had replaced UKCAC. As of 2008, the Eagle is awarded during UK's Comic Expo.

1977

Presented at the British Comic Art Convention, 1977, for comics released during 1976.

Favourite Comicbook Artist

Favourite Comicbook Writer

Favourite Comicbook - Dramatic

Favourite Comicbook - Humour

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - Dramatic

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - Humour

Favourite Comicbook Character

Favourite Comicbook Team

Favourite New Comic Title

Favourite Single Comicbook Story

Favourite Continued Comic Story

Roll of Honour

1978

Presented at the British Comic Art Convention, 1978, for comics released during 1977.

Favourite Artist

Favourite Writer

Favourite Comic Book (Dramatic)

Favourite Comic Book (humour)

Favourite Character

Favourite Villain

Favourite Supporting Character

Favourite Single Story

Favourite Continued Story

Favourite New Title

Favourite Team

Favourite Inker

Roll of Honour

Favourite Black & White Magazine

1979

Presented at the British Comics Art Convention 11, Birmingham, 1979.

Favourite Comicbook Artist (US)

Favourite Inker

Best Comic Book Writer (UK)

Best Comic Book Writer (US)

Favourite Comic (US)

Favourite Character (US)

Favourite Group or Team

Favourite Villain

Favourite Supporting Character

Character Most Worthy of His Own Title

Favourite Single Story

Best Continued Story

Favourite New Comic Title

Favourite Cover

Favourite Specialist Comics Publication

  • Comic Media News

Roll of Honour

Favourite Character (UK)

Favourite Comicbook Artist (UK)

Favourite Comic (UK)

1980

Favourite Comicbook Artist

Favourite Comicbook Writer

Favourite Inker

Favourite Comicbook

Favourite Comicbook Cover

Favourite Comic Magazine

Favourite Comicbook Character

Favourite Supporting Character

Favourite Comicbook Team

Favourite Villain

Character Most Worthy of Own Title

Favourite New Comic Title

Favourite Single Comicbook Story

Favourite Continued Comic Story

Roll of Honour

1981

Presented in 1981 for comics published in 1980:

Favourite Artist (UK)

1982

Favourite Artist

Favourite Artist (UK)

Best Comics Writer

Best New Book

Best UK Title

Best Story

Character Most Worthy of Own Title

1983

The awards were announced/presented at the London Comic Mart, Central Hall Westminster on Saturday, October 15, 1983. Here are the winners:

American Section

British Section

  • Favourite Artist: Brian Bolland
  • Favourite Writer: Alan Moore
  • Favourite Comic: Warrior
  • Favourite Comic Character: Marvelman
  • Favourite Villain: Kid Marvelman
  • Favourite Supporting Character: Zirk
  • Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Judge Anderson
  • Favourite Single or Continued Story: Marvelman (Warrior #1-3, 5 & 6)
  • Favourite New Comic: Warrior
  • Favourite Comic Cover: Warrior #7
  • Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: PASS

Roll of Honour

1984

Best Character

Best New Title

Best Group Book

Best Character

Best UK Title

Favourite Artist (UK)

1986

Awards for comics released during 1985 were presented on Sunday, June 1, 1986 at The Birmingham Comic Art Show.

American section

Favourite Artist (penciller)

Favourite Artist (inker)

Favourite Writer

Favourite Comic Book

Favourite Graphic Novel

Favourite Character

Favourite Group or Team

Favourite Villain

Favourite Supporting Character

Character Most Worthy of Own Title

Favourite Single or Continued Story

  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-9
    • X-Men Annual #9/New Mutants Special #1
    • "American Gothic" in Swamp Thing #37

Favourite New Comic Title

Favourite Comic Cover

  • Swamp Thing #34

Favourite Specialist Comics Publication

British Section

Favourite Artist

Favourite Writer

Favourite Comic

Favourite Comic Album

Favourite Comic Character

Favourite Villain

Favourite Supporting Character

Character Most Worthy of Own Title

Favourite Single or Continued Story

Favourite New Comic

Favourite Comic Cover

  • Captain Britain #6
    • Captain Britain #8
    • 2000 AD #450

Favourite Specialist Comics Publication

Roll of Honour

1987

The 1986 results were presented on Saturday, September 5, 1987 at UKCAK87, The Institute of Education, London WC1.

American section

British Section

Roll of Honour

  • Frank Miller

1988

The Awards for comics released during 1987 were presented on Saturday, September 24, 1988 at UKCAK88, The Institute of Education, London WC1.

American Section

  • Favourite Artist (penciller): Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Favourite Artist (inker): Terry Austin
  • Favourite Writer: Alan Moore
  • Favourite Comicbook: Watchmen
  • Favourite Graphic Novel: Daredevil: Love and War
  • Favourite Character: Batman
  • Favourite Group or Team: Justice League International
  • Favourite Villain: The Joker
  • Favourite Supporting Character: Abigail Arcane Cable
  • Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Rorschach
  • Favourite Single or Continued Story: Batman #404-407: Year One
  • Favourite New Comic Title: Marshal Law
  • Favourite Comic Cover: Wonder Woman #10
  • Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Amazing Heroes

British Section

Roll of Honour

1990

The results for 1989 were presented at the 1990 United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (UKCAC) by Paul Gambaccini and Dave Gibbons.

  • Roll of Honour: 2000 AD
  • Best International Comic Book: Akira

American Section

British Section

  • Favourite Artist: Simon Bisley
  • Favourite Writer: Grant Morrison
  • Favourite Comic: 2000 AD
  • Favourite Graphic Novel: Sláine: The Horned God Book I
  • Favourite Character: Judge Dredd
  • Favourite Villain: Judge Death
  • Favourite Supporting Character: Middenface McNulty (Strontium Dog)
  • Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Captain Britain
  • Favourite Single or Continued Story: Sláine: The Horned God Book I (2000 AD Prog 626-635)
  • Favourite New Comic: Bogey Man
  • Favourite Comic Cover: 2000 AD Prog 626
  • Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Speakeasy

1993

1996

Best Newcomer

  • Alex Ronald

2000

North American Section

The following award nominations cover creators and work published in the U.S. and Canada only (irrespective of the country of origin of the work or the nationality of its creators), with nominations based purely on work published in 1999:

Favourite Colour Comicbook

(Sponsored by Quality Comics)

Favourite Black & White Comicbook

(Sponsored by Page 45)

Favourite New Comicbook of 1999

(Sponsored by Dynamic Forces)

British Section

Favourite British Comic

(Sponsored by Comic Book Postal Auctions)

Favourite Comic Strip in a UK Comic or Magazine

Favourite UK Non-newsstand Title

(Sponsored by Red Route)

International Section

Favourite Comics Writer

Favourite Comics Artist (penciller)

Favourite Comic Book Artist (inker)

Favourite Comics Artist (painted artwork)

Favourite Comics Artist (colouring)

Favourite Comics Editor

Favourite Comic (excluding North American and UK titles)

(Sponsored by Knockabout Comics)

Favourite Comics Character

(Sponsored by Davids Comics)

Favourite Comics Story (which appeared, began or ended during 1999)

(Sponsored by Quality Comics)

Character Most Worthy of Own Ongoing Title

Favourite Supporting Character

Favourite Cover Published During 1999

Favourite Comics Villain

(Sponsored by B-Hive Ltd.)

Favourite Graphic Novel

(Sponsored by Diamond Comic Distributors)

Favourite Trade Papaerback

Favourite Newspaper Strip

(Sponsored by Gosh)

Favourite Comics Related Website (professional)

Favourite Comics Related Website (fan-organized)

(Sponsored by eBay)

Favourite Comics E-Zine

Favourite Trade Publication

(Sponsored by East End Offset)

Favourite Comics-based Film or TV Series

(Sponsored by SFX magazine)

Roll of Honour

(Sponsored by Cartoon Art Trust) A lifetime achievement award.

2001

Note: Voting ended in October 2001 and the winners were announced in June 2002, so news reports announced these variously as the 2000, 2001, or 2002 Eagle Awards.

North American Section

The following award nominations cover creators and work published in the US and Canada only (irrespective of the country of origin of the work or the nationality of its creators), with nominations based purely on work published in 2000:

Favourite Colour Comicbook

Favourite Black & White Comicbook

Favourite New Comicbook of 2000

International Section

Favourite Comics Writer

Favourite Comics Writer/Artist

Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils

Favourite Comic Book Artist:Inks

Favourite Comics Artist:Fully Painted Artwork

Favourite Colourist

Favourite Comics Editor

Favourite Manga Comic

Favourite European Comic

Favourite Comics Character

Favourite Comics Story

(which appeared, began or ended during 2000)

  • The Authority: The Nativity
    • Starman: Grand Guignol
    • Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?

Character Most Worthy of Own Ongoing Title

Favourite Supporting Character in Comics

Favourite Comics Cover Published During 2000

Favourite Comics Villain

Favourite Graphic Novel

Favourite Reprint Collection

Favourite Newspaper Strip

Favourite Magazine about Comics

Favourite Comics-based Book

British Titles

Favourite British Comic

Favourite Comic Strip to Appear in a UK Comic or Magazine

Favourite British Small Press Title

Internet Section

Favourite Comics Related Website (professional)

Favourite Comics E-Zine

Favourite Web-based Comic

Roll of Honour

2004

Favourite Colour Comicbook

Favourite Black & White Comicbook

Favourite New Comicbook

Favourite Comics Writer

Favourite Comics Writer/Artist

Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils

Favourite Comics Artist: Inks

Favourite Comics Artist: Painted Art

Favourite Colourist

Favourite Comics Editor

Favourite Manga Comic

Favourite European Comic

  • Tex (Sergio Bonelli Editore, Italy)

Favourite Comics Character

Favourite Comics Story

Character Most Worthy of Own Title

Favourite Supporting Character

Favourite Comics Cover

Favourite Comics Villain

Favourite Graphic Novel

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Favourite Newspaper Strip

Favourite Magazine About Comics

Favourite Comics-related Book

  • Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross (Chip Kidd with Geoff Spear)
    • The Art of Mike Mignola
    • Sandman: King of Dreams (Alisa Kwitney)

Favourite Comics-based Movie or TV

Favourite Comics-related Merchandise

Favourite British Comic

Favourite Comic Strip to Appera in a UK Comic or Magazine

Favourite British Small Press Title

Favourite Comics-related Website

Favourite Comics E-Zine

Favourite Web-based Comic

Roll of Honour

2006

Held at Comic Expo, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol on Saturday, May 13, 2006 for material published in 2005.

Favourite Colour Comicbook - American

Favourite Colour Comicbook - British

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - American

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - British

Favourite New Comicbook

Favourite Comics Writer

Favourite Comics Writer/Artist

Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils

Favourite Comics Artist: Inks

Favourite Comics Artist: Fully Painted Artwork

Favourite Colourist

Favourite Letterer

Favourite Comics Editor

Favourite Publisher

Favourite Manga

Favourite European Comic

Favourite Comics Character

Favourite Comics Villain

Favourite Comics Story

Favourite Comics Cover

Favourite Original Graphic Novel

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Favourite Magazine About Comics

Favourite Comics-Related Book

Favourite Comics-based Movie or TV

Favourite Comics-related Website

Favourite Web-based Comic

Roll of Honour

Eagle Awards 30th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievements in British Comics

2007

Nominations were made by the general comics reading public via the Eagle Awards website then the five most popular became nominees for the awards. The ceremony was held on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at the 2007 Bristol Comics Expo and was hosted by Norman Lovett.

Favourite Colour Comicbook - American

Favourite Colour Comicbook - British

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - American

Favourite Black & White Comicbook - British

Favourite New Comicbook

Favourite Comics Writer

Favourite Comics Writer/Artist

Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils

Favourite Comics Artist: Inks

Favourite Comics Artist: Fully Painted Artwork

Favourite Colourist

Favourite Letterer

Favourite Editor

Favourite Publisher

Favourite Manga

Favourite European Comic

Favourite Comics Character

Favourite Comics Villain

Favourite Comics Story Published During 2006

Favourite Comics Cover Published During 2006

Favourite Original Graphic Novel

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Favourite Magazine About Comics

Favourite Comics-related Book

Favourite Comics-based Movie or TV

Favourite Comics-related Website

Favourite Web-based Comic

Roll of Honour

2008

The ceremony was held on Saturday May 10, 2008 and the awards were presented by comedian Fraser Ayres.[6]

Award for Favourite Newcomer Writer

Award for Favourite Newcomer Artist

Award for Favourite Comics Writer

Award for Favourite Comics Writer/Artist

Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils

Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Inks

Award for Favourite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork

Award for Favourite Colourist

Award for Favourite Letterer

Award for Favourite Editor

Award for Favourite Publisher

Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook - American

Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook - British

Award for Favourite Black and White Comicbook - American

Award for Favourite Black and White Comicbook - British

Award for Favourite New Comicbook

Award for Favourite Manga

Award for Favourite European Comics

Award for Favourite Comics Story published during 2007

Award for Favourite Comics Cover published during 2007

Award for Favourite Original Graphic Novel

Award for Favourite Reprint Compilation

Award for Favourite Comics Hero

Award for Favourite Comics Villain

Award for Favourite Magazine About Comics

Award for Favourite Comics-Related Book

Award for Favourite Comics-Based Movie Or TV

Award for Favourite Comics Related Website

Award for Favourite Web-Based Comic

Award for Roll of Honour

2010

The 2009 vote was skipped but the 2010 nominations (for work done in 2009) were announced at the Bristol Comic Expo:

Favourite Newcomer Writer

Favourite Newcomer Artist

Favourite Writer

Favourite Writer/Artist

Favourite Artist: Pencils

Favourite Artist: Inks

Favourite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork

Favourite Colourist

Favourite Letterer

Favourite Editor

Favourite Publisher

Favourite American Colour Comicbook

Favourite British Colour Comicbook

Favourite American Black and White Comicbook

Favourite British Black and White Comicbook

Favourite New Comicbook

Favourite Manga

Favourite European Comicbook

Favourite Single Story Published During 2009

  • Doctor Who: "The Time Machination"
  • Doctor Who: "Black Death White Life"
  • From the Pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula: Harker
  • Phonogram: The Singles Club #4: "Konichiwa Bitches"
  • R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1: "Starro the Conqueror"

Favourite Continued Story Published During 2009

  • Doctor Who: The Forgotten
  • Judge Dredd: "Tour of Duty"
  • Phonogram: The Singles Club
  • Scalped #19-24: "The Gravel in your Gut"
  • The Walking Dead #61-65: "Fear The Hunters"

Favourite Cover Published During 2009

  • 2000 AD #1631 (D'Israeli featuring Dirty Frank)
  • Batgirl #2 (Phil Noto)
  • Batman and Robin #3 (Frank Quitely)
  • Batman and Robin #4 (Frank Quitely)
  • Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6 (Ben Templesmith)

Favourite Original Graphic Novel Published During 2009

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Favourite Magazine about Comics

Favourite Comics-Related Book

Favourite Comics-Related Movie or TV Show

Favourite Comics Related Website

Favourite Web-Based Comic

Roll of Honour

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Burton, Richard "'The Eagles' are launched!" in Burton (ed.) Comic Media News #30 (Mar-Apr 1977), p. 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Eagle Ayes" in Cefn Ridout, Bambos, Dick Hanson & Richard Ashford (ed.s) Speakeasy #64 (Jul 1986), p. 3
  3. Bolland profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  4. wordsandpictures.org. "Bill Sienkiewicz-Awards, Exhibits". 
  5. Davis profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  6. A Report from Bristol International Comics Expo, Comic Book Resources, May 12, 2008

References

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