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BCA Shortlist 2014

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Each year the British Comic Awards Committee read hundreds of comics from a longlist of eligible titles submitted by the reading public and the creators and publishers themselves. These range from single issues to daily webcomics, weekly anthologies to epic graphic novels. The sheer volume and diversity of British comics grows ever more impressive each year and so it is an ever more difficult task to compare them all and select the 5 best titles in each of our categories. There was a wide range of work voted for this year but in the end it was these 15 titles and 5 upcoming creators that came out on top. We are very proud to present this year’s British Comic Award Shortlist.

And the nominees are:

Best Comic

  • Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
  • In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
  • Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
  • Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
  • The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

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Best Book

  • The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
  • Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
  • Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
  • Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

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Young People’s Comic Award

  • Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)
  • BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
  • Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
  • Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

 

 

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Emerging Talent

  • Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)
  • Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
  • Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore (Moose Kid Comics))
  • Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
  • Corban Wilkin (History of Energy (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))

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Hall of Fame

The third entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be the one and only Posy Simmonds.

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A huge congratulations to all our nominees!

The nominated titles will now be passed over to our Judging Panel who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.

The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the biggest and best celebration of sequential art in the UK.


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This year’s Judges and Longlists revealed!

The British Comic Awards are very happy to announce this year’s Judging Panel. The judges will decide the winning title from the Best Comic, Best Book and Emerging Talent categories. Without further ado, our judges are:

Jonathan Entwistle – A film director currently developing a UK based adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comic TEOTFW.
Jessica Hynes – An award winning actor and writer known to many as Daisy Steiner from the influential sitcom Spaced.
Danny John-Jules – An actor, singer and dancer who has appeared in numerous musicals and films. Best known for his role as Cat in Red Dwarf.
Jonathan Ross – The infamous television and radio presenter and comic book writer.
Suzy Varty – Comics creator and tutor known for her work in the British Women’s Comic movement of the 1970s.

Judging Panel 2014

More info on all our judges can be found here: http://britishcomicawards.com/judges/

Today also sees the publication of the Longlists for all of the BCA categories. The Longlist contains all the eligible titles that the Committee has put together with help from the public nomination process and info from publishers and creators. These lists contains nearly 200 titles across the Best Comic, Best Book and Young People’s Comic Award categories as well as 93 entrants for the Emerging Talent category.

The shortlists for all our categories will be chosen by the BCA Committee and announced on Friday 17th October.

The winners will be announced at the 3rd Annual British Comics Awards Ceremony on Saturday 15th November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.


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YPCA Judges Challenge Local Dragons

The deadline for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award has passed and the Committee are busy finalising the shortlist. While we wait to send out the nominated titles to 16 reading groups from schools and libraries across the country we’d like to share this story from earlier this year about one of our groups of young judges.

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“Judges from Craven Dragon’s Den (an initiative by Craven District Council) were surprised to find themselves drawing comic strips on Monday 17 March, as part of the successful bid by the Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies. The five members of Team Ketchup, a reading group based at Skipton Library, aged 11 to 15, asked the Dragon’s to “Comic Jam” with them. Like the BBC2 TV show the Craven Dragon’s fund community projects which benefit the local community focusing on young people under 25, and the Fluffy Ketchups have big plans.

The group, created by staff at Skipton Library, is a reading group specialising in comics and graphic novels, and was inspired by the British Comic Awards in Leeds. Now the youngsters are moving from being comic book consumers to comic book producers, using the £250 grant to create and print original comics of their own. Planning to attend Leeds Thought Bubble Festival in the autumn, the group will hold an exhibition of their work at Skipton Library and host an open Comic Jam.

Young entrepreneur Beth Tudor told the Dragons,

What we’d like to do is share our experience and hold a massive comic jam, inviting anyone to come and see how easy it is. You don’t have to be brilliant at drawing, you don’t have to be brilliant at writing, or even reading, comics can be for anybody.

Other members of the successful presentation team were Charlie Coughlin, Ben Buckner, Matthew Joynson and Grace Mills, all of whom attend different Craven Schools. The Fluffy Ketchups meet monthly and are supported by Skipton Library and the Friends of Skipton Library.”

The BCA Committee were delighted to hear that our young judges have been inspired to create their own comics and to be proactive and professional in making it happen. Godspeed you Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies!


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Apply to be a part of the British Comic Awards!

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The British Comic Awards are opening its doors, welcoming one and all to apply to be a member of the BCA Committee or to be a BCA Judge. As we announced last year we are dedicated to ensuring that the British public and the comic community feel a part of and represented by the BCAs.

Every year we will refresh the Committee with 5 new members and look for an entirely new Judging Panel of 7 people. The role of Committee Member will be for this year AND next year’s Awards. The role of Judge will be for this year’s Awards only. Both roles are voluntary. Successful applicants will be chosen by the existing Committee of 5 people and the Committee Chair.

Applications open today and close on Friday 2nd May 2014.

To apply to be a BCA Committee Member please download, fill out and return this form:

BCA Committee Application Form

To apply to be on the BCA Judging Panel please download, fill out and return this form:

BCA Judge Application Form

Full job descriptions and Equal Opportunity policies are explained within the forms. If you have difficulty downloading or opening the file, please email committee@britishcomicawards.com and we will try to help with any technical difficulties.

Please feel free to pass this news onto anyone you feel may be a good fit for the roles and best of luck to all applicants.


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Nominations now open for the 2014 BCAs

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Yes, after a slight delay the nomination process for this year’s British Comic Awards is now open!!!

Readers, retailers, creators, publishers, heroes, villains and talking animals are all welcome to suggest their favourite comics and comic book creators! They will all be considered equally by the Committee for inclusion on this year’s shortlist.

You can put forward your suggestions using this simple form HERE or in the sidebar of our homepage. The rules of what qualifies and what doesn’t can be found HERE.

What has been your favourite comic book or graphic novel since September last year (or August for Children’s comics)? What new creators work can’t you wait for? Which comic legend would you like to see in our Hall of Fame? Please let us know. The more people we hear from the better idea we have of the wide world of brilliant British comics.

The Committee and Judging Panel for this year’s Awards will be open to applications very soon and confirmed in the coming months.

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The nomination process for this year’s Awards has now closed.

Thank you to the hundreds of people who emailed in with suggested titles.

Nominations for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards will open in January 2015.

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