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Young People’s Comic Award Winner 2016!

By now over 100 young readers from far and wide will have attended a special ceremony at the (very fancy) Lord Mayor’s Banquet Hall in Leeds Civic Hall. Our many, many young judges have read, discussed and voted for the 5 nominated titles and have come to Leeds to be the first to hear which of the nominees has won.

Before the winner was announced our judges will have enjoyed talks from YPCA nominees Neill Cameron, Ramsey Hassan, Adam Murphy and Matthew Swan and learned the reasons, methods and secrets of how such comics are made. Then, finally, the golden envelope was opened (we really do have a golden envelope) and the award was presented to…

Lost Tales by Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy!

YPCA Winner 2016

Huge congratulations to Adam, Lisa and the team at David Fickling Books! Congrats to all of our nominees for making such wonderful books that really impressed our Committee. They are all truly worthy of a place on anyone’s bookshelf.

Thank you to Adam, Matthew, Neill and Ramsey for preparing and giving their inspiring talks. A massive thank you to Debbie Moody and her team at Leeds Library without whom none of this would be possible and Martha Julian and Biserka Stringer-Horne at Thought Bubble for all their invaluable work and assistance. The biggest thanks must go to all of our reading groups, leaders and readers, for taking the time be a part of another year of the Young People’s Comic Award. Until next year, keep reading!

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Young People’s Comic Award Nominees 2016

YPCA Nominees 2016

The votes are in and this year’s Committee has selected the shortlisted titles for the Young People’s Comic Award 2016 run in partnership with Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival and the Leeds Library and Information Service.

Jonathan Ross, Sarah McIntyre, Zainab Akhtar, David Monteith, Tom Oldham and Abby Bulmer have read each and every eligible title sent to us and picked their favourites, compiled together to create the final shortlist.

This year’s YPCA nominees are:

Lost Tales by Adam Murphy with Lisa Murphy (David Fickling Books) – Buy it here

Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron with Lisa Murphy (David Fickling Books) – Buy it here

Parsley Girl: Carrots by Matthew Swan (Avery Hill Publishing) – Buy it here

Tamsin and the Deep by Neill Cameron and Kate Brown (David Fickling Books) – Buy it here

Zorse by Ramzee with Liz Greenfield (Self published) – Buy it here

Congratulations to all the nominees and a big thank you to everyone who submitted their work this year. The full Longlist of eligible titles can be found here.

The nominated titles will now be sent to over a dozen schools across Leeds and throughout the country for the young readers to read, enjoy and judge. Their winning title will be revealed at a special ceremony on Friday 4th November in Leeds as part of the 10th year of Thought Bubble.

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Young People’s Comic Award 2016 – Call for Entries


Entries are open for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award (YPCA), rewarding outstanding comics suitable for a young audience. The winner will be chosen by young people from dozens of reading groups across the country.

This award is run in association with the Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival and Leeds Library and Information Service. The YPCA will be the only category of the British Comic Awards open this year. Whilst we couldn’t arrange the full BCAs this year (more on why later on) the team at Thought Bubble, Leeds Library and ourselves didn’t want the many, many young people who take part in the YPCA every year to go without their annual discovery of great new British comics.

Any UK based creators or publishers can submit their titles for consideration. Please consider the following before applying:

  • The work must have been published for the first time between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday 29th July 2016. Publishers and creators can send us advance copies of work due to be released in August.
  • Due to the short time frame before the closing date, entries not accompanied by a full PDF copy of the work will be deemed ineligible.
  • This award is open to all short-form and long-form stories and collections suitable for children. This category may include one-off stories, single issues of ongoing series, graphic novellas, short stories from anthologies, web comic strips, original graphic novels, collected editions, literary adaptations, longer anthologies or a substantial body of work available to read digitally.
  • In the case of weekly or monthly anthology titles, the individual strips must be submitted as a collection. For example: 52 issues of The Beano cannot be accepted as one entry, but 52 weeks worth of Dennis the Menace strips can be.
  • Nominated titles must be the work of a British based creative team, and the rights to such work should belong to either the creators or a UK publisher. Work by non-UK citizens is eligible if they have resided in the UK for over 3 years outside of education.
  • If your title is chosen as a Nominee, the publisher may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their title for all the participating schools and libraries who will judge the winner.

If your comic meets all the criteria then please send an email, with as much info as possible AND a pdf of the work or a link to where it can be viewed online, to:

Voting and Judging

The shortlisted titles for the YPCA will be chosen by our Committee, who read every entry submitted and then privately chose their Top 5. These votes are then collated to decide the final shortlist. Our Committee this year is:

YPCA Committee 2016

Zainab Akhtar – Comics journalist and founder of Short Box. @comicsandcola
Abby Bulmer – Cartoonist, illustrator and Travelling Man employee. @abbyryder
Sarah McIntyre – Children’s book illustrator and cartoonist. @jabberworks
David Monteith – Actor, Tutor, Director and co-founder of Geek Syndicate. @davidmonteith
Tom Oldham – Co-founder of Breakdown Press and Events Manager at Gosh!. @trenchtorso
Jonathan Ross – TV presenter and comic writer. @wossy

The nominated titles are then sent out to participating schools and public library reading groups and are read, discussed and voted for by young people. Most of the schools are based in and around Leeds although schools nationwide take part too.

The YPCA is managed by Adam Cadwell (BCA Founder), Debbie Moody (Leeds Library), Martha Julian and Biserka Stringer-Horne (Thought Bubble).

The winner of the Young People’s Comic Award will be presented in a special ceremony in front of over a hundred of our young judges on Friday 4th November 2016 in coordination with Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival.

Why no BCAs?

We are sad to announce that the full 5 categories of the British Comic Awards won’t be taking place this year due to a lack of funding and lack of time on behalf of Awards Manager, Adam Cadwell. It was a difficult decision to put the BCAs on hiatus this year but ultimately we’d rather reorganise and recruit more help for 2017 than run a hastily assembled and disappointing awards for 2016. Heartfelt apologies to all the creators and publishers who have produced amazing work this year who may have had their eye on a BCA.

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Hall of Fame: Dudley D Watkins

BCA Hall of Fame

On Friday 13th November 2015, a fourth cartoonist was inducted into our Hall of Fame. Here is a look at the life and astounding career of Dudley D Watkins.

HoF Dudley D Watkins

When the Scottish Government introduced their Commemorative Plaque Scheme in 2013 the very first person they chose was Scotland’s greatest cartoonist, an Englishman named Dudley D Watkins.

Dudley Dexter Watkins was born in Prestwich just north of Manchester on February 27th, 1907. Three months later his family moved to Nottingham. His father, Will, was a lithographic print artist who noticed Dudley’s artistic talent early on and ensured that he received extra art classes at the Nottingham School of Art. By age 10 the local newspaper declared him a “schoolboy genius.” His first published work was for the Boots Pure Drug company staff magazine, The Beacon in the early 1920s.

In 1925, after only a year at Glasgow School of Art, the Principal recommended Watkins to the thriving publisher D.C. Thomson. He moved to Dundee and began providing illustrations for prose stories in Thomson’s “Big Five” boys weekly magazines Adventure, The Rover, The Wizard, and later The Skipper and The Hotspur. He was initially offered a six-month employment but Watkins would work there for the rest of his life.

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BCA Winners 2015!

BCA Winners 2015

Tonight the 4th Annual British Comic Awards took place at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds as one of the opening night events for the Thought Bubble Festival‘s Comic Con Weekend. We told you who this year’s Hall of Fame entrant would be when we announced the nominees back in October but tonight the winners of our four other categories were revealed, chosen by our Judging Panel.

Congratulations again to all our nominees for making the final shortlist. The voting was incredibly close this year, proving that all the nominees have produced outstanding books representing the brilliant work being done in this country today.

And the winners are…

Best Comic – Grey Area: From the City to the Sea by Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)

Best Book – The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis (Selfmade Hero)

Young People’s Comic Awards – Star Cat by James Turner (David Fickling Books)

Emerging Talent – Rachael Stott for her artwork on Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (SDCC Exclusive), Star Trek #46 -47 and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

Hall of Fame – Dudley D Watkins

A HUGE thanks to the Committee and all our Judges and young reading groups for their time, effort and consideration without whom none of this would be possible. Another huge thanks to our sponsors too, Page 45, Thought Bubble, Awesome Merchandise, Orbital Comics, Comic Printing UK, Gazelle Book Services and Fanfare Books.

There’ll be some photos and hopefully some video of the ceremony, coming soon.

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