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BCA 2014 Winners Announced

BCA 2014 winners

Tonight the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards took place in Leeds as part of this year’s incredible Thought Bubble Festival and the winners of our five categories were announced. Congratulations again to all our nominees for making the final shortlist, every book represents the best of contemporary British comics. To prove such a point, the voting was so close this year that each of our five judges chose a different nominee for Best Book (the winner was decided by taking into account second place votes) so congratulations to the titles and creators who made the final selection.

The winners of the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards are:

Best Comic – The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

Best Book – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)

Young People’s Comic Award – Hilda and The Black Hound by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)

Emerging Talent – Alison Sampson for her artwork on Genesis (Image Comics) and ‘Shadows’ from the In The Dark anthology (IDW)

Hall of Fame – Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds accepted her award in person and spoke with Maura McHugh about her incredible career thus far. A full transcript of that conversation with accompanying visuals will be posted here shortly.

A huge thanks is due to the Committee, the Judges and our young reading groups from across the country for their time, effort and consideration. A big thanks too must go to Lisa, Clark and Martha at Thought Bubble for hosting us.


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Posy Simmonds at the 3rd Annual BCAs

Posy In Conversation

We are thrilled to announce this year’s BCA Hall of Fame entrant Posy Simmonds will receive her award in person at this Saturday’s 3rd Annual British Comic Awards. Simmonds will also be speaking with writer and BCA Committee member Maura McHugh about her outstanding career thus far and what’s to come next.

This conversation with one of the true greats of British comics will take place as part of the awards ceremony which is free to attend for any Thought Bubble ticket holder. Seats are limited and will fill up fast so get there early!

The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival.


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BCA Shortlist 2014

BCA Nominee

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, Jamie 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.

Posy Simmonds

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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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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