Astonish's "Spooner" Nominated for Eagle Award

Official Press Release

Toluca Lake, CA -- September 16, 2004 -- Ted Dawson's Spooner, the popular daily comic strip whose first collection, Spooner: Love is Strange, was just released, has been nominated for the Eagle Award 2004 - Favourite Newspaper Strip. Spooner: Love is Strange (ISBN: 0-9721259-4-9, $14.95, 150 pages, full color, Genre: Humor) collects numerous Spooner newspaper strips filled with full-color daily and Sunday comics, new stories and even comics that didn't make it past the censors.

"I'm extremely pleased to even be on the list," said creator Ted Dawson. "It's an honor to have Spooner up on the same ballot with such an outstanding group of talented cartoonists and creators." In addition to Spooner, Dawson is also the cartoonist behind the Wild Blue comic strip published in the Air Force Times.

Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comic industry's longest established awards. Ballots may be downloaded here: http://members.aol.com/comicbknet/ with voting closing on September 30. Results will be announced at Comic Expo in Bristol, England on November 5, 2004. Unique in that they reflect the people's choice, the Eagle Awards nominations have two stages. This year professionals from around the world were asked to nominate their personal favorites, with the top-scoring three in each category making it onto the final ballot.

With Spooner: Love is Strange, couples around the world have been asking cartoonist Ted Dawson how he sneaked a hidden camera into their house. Inspired by real life and TV shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mad About You, Spooner offers a glimpse into the life of newlyweds Spooner and Roxanne. As a syndicated strip Spooner originally was distributed by Los Angeles Times Syndicate and later by United Media and soon appeared in newspapers in eight countries.

The Astonish Factory encourages readers to: "Remember your childhood…and pass it on."


Astonish Comics was founded in 1999 by Mike Kunkel. In September 2003, Kunkel merged his studios with Scott Christian Sava's Blue Dream Studios, forming The Astonish Factory. Under that umbrella is Astonish Comics, Astonish Books, Astonish Toys, and Astonish Studios. Having both worked in animation in Hollywood on numerous features and television projects, they strive to tell comic stories in a new way -- The Animation Way. Please visit at www.theastonishfactory.com.

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