It looks like the ever-expanding MCM Expo has added another string to it bow; from this October the Eagle Awards will be taking up residency at London’s Excel centre. The popular comic book awards struggled to find a home last year, and will reportedly become a stable feature of MCM Expo’s May event from 2011 onwards.
From the press release:
After two years of nomadic existence, the world’s most popular comic book fan awards have found a new home. This October the Eagle Awards will take up residency at London’s hugely popular MCM Expo at Excel, where the 2010 awards will be announced. As of 2011 and going forward, the awards will become part of London MCM Expo’s May event.
While details are still to be finalised Eagles administrator Cassandra Conroy announced, “I’m really pleased to have inked the deal with MCM’s Paul Miley and Brian Cooney, considering that the London MCM Expo is viewed by fans and industry alike as London’s Comic Con the nearest that the UK has to San Diego!”
“It’s been frustrating to have been homeless for the past couple of years and this new arrangement provides the Eagles with long-term stability. It also links us into a partnership with people who are as enthusiastic as I am to make them the industry’s premier awards,” she added.
For his part, MCM Expo’s Paul Miley said, “We are very happy to now be the new home to the Eagle Awards which we consider to be a great British institution and an important part of comic fandom recognised the world over. I am looking forward to working with Cassandra and the Eagle’s to help take the awards to another level.
“London MCM Expo has a tremendous following from both comic fans and the public as a whole and is supported by many artists and writers which has helped the Comic Village section of the show to grow show on show,” added Miley. “We are likened to San Diego Comic Con in the US all the time by fans and industry pundits which we admit is a great accolade, may be not yet in size but most definitely in stature so bringing the Eagles to Expo helps to cement our position as London’s Comic Con the Eagles are our Eisners.”
About the Eagle Awards:
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.
About MCM Expo:
London MCM Expo is now into its 18th show, it is supported by major media companies such as Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, Wizards of the Coast, Manga Entertainment, SFX and NEO to name but a few.
Taking place each May and October at London’s massive Excel exhibition centre, the event is now the main focus and must be place for UK fans and industry to attend to promote new releases and forthcoming productions whether comics, movies, games, DVDs, books and the like.
In a very short 10 years London MCM Expo has grown into the one UK show that is not to be missed.