A Short History of the Eric Awards
The 'Eric' Awards, for outstanding acheivement in New Zealand comic book creation, has been for many years now. As the quality and quantity of New Zealand comic production grows, so too the Awards grew in distinction and importance.
The first 'Eric' Awards were nominated and voted on in 2000 - entirely electronically, via the online New Zealand comics discussion group hosted by Black River Digital.
The 'Erics' derived its name from New Zealand comic book pioneer Eric Resetar - initiator of the artist-operated mode of comic book publishing that continues in New Zealand to this day. In 1943 Resetar self-published his first comic at age 13. He went on to publish numerous comics of his own through the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including the fabled Crash Carson: An All Black on Mars - which today are prized collectors' items.
'Eric' Awards 2010
The Erics returned after a hiatus in 2010, with all comics published since 2006 eligible.
BEST COMIC: Love Stories by Mat Tait
BEST COMIC STRIP: Western Park by Tim Kidd
BEST ANTHOLOGY: Radio as Paper edited by Jerome Bihan
BEST WEBCOMIC (TIE): Drawing Silence by Draw and How to Understand Everything and Not Hate Yourself by Meredith Van Halen
BEST ARTWORK: Utopia Now Vol.1 by Margaret Silverwood
BEST WRITING: The Inhabitants written by Kelly Sheenan
BEST DEBUT: Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
BEST SHORT PIECE: Under the Bed by Tim Molloy
BEST DISTRIBUTION: NZCC: Isaac Freeman, Claire Harris and friends
BEST COMICS RELATED WEBSITE: From Earth's End: An NZ comics blog by Adrian Kinnaird
'Eric' Awards 2006
- When? APRIL 29th, from 7pm
- Where? ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL, ARO ST, WELLINGTON
The Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards, aka the Eric Awards, occurred in 2006, as part of the New Zealand Comics Weekend: 29th-30th of April (same weekend as Armageddon) in Wellington, with the Awards held on the Saturday night. For a full list of the finalists in 2006 see Eric Award Nominations, the winners are listed below
(For NZ Comics published 2004 and 2005)
Funtime Comics, Unau Prolepsis
Best Comics Related Website:
'Eric' Awards 2004
(for NZ comics published in 2003)
Announced and presented at the Aotea Centre, Auckland on 17 April 2004.
5. Best Strip:
Awarded to the best published comic strip in NZ or by a NZer living overseas
8. Tony Gibson Award For a work deserving of special mention.
Tony Gibson was the proprietor of Gotham Comics in Auckland, and a long time supporter of NZ comix, who passed away at an early age in 2001.
Cornelius Stone and Roger Langridge and various No More Mrs Nice Nun
Ant Sang accepts his award
Mat Tait accepts his award
Karl Wills accepts his award
G.C.R. accepts her award
Dylan Horrocks accepts on behalf of someone
No Awards in 2003
'Eric' Awards 2002
(for comics Published in 2001)
2. Best Comics Related Website:
No Award - Four with equal votes:
7. Best Journalistic Coverage of Comics:
Pavement's Comics Column by Tim Bollinger.
11. Best Comics Related Event
Convener: Tony Scanlan
'Eric' Awards 2001
(for comics published in 2000)
2. Best Comic Related Website:
3. Best Anthology:
4. Best Short Piece in an Anthology:
Colour Field Theory by Brendan Philip.
8. Best Design of a Comic:
10. Best Editorial Cartoon:
13. Best Cover Award:
14. Best Artist Award:
15: Best Writer Award:
Convener: Tony Scanlan