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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.


Permalink to Nominations now open for the 2014 BCAs

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.


Permalink to A Thank You from the BCA Committee 2013

A Thank You from the BCA Committee 2013

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The BCA Committee 2013 would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in this year’s Awards and helped us expand and improve what we’re trying to do.

None of this would be possible without the hundreds of suggestions for quality British comics that we get from YOU, the general public via our suggestion form. The more people we hear from the bigger picture we have of the breadth of British comics scene, so thank you to each and every person who suggested a title this year. The suggestion form for next year’s awards will be up soon.

We’d also like to thank all our young judges who decided the winner for Young People’s Comic Award. A special ceremony was held on Friday 22nd November at the Leeds Town Hall and 4 of our nominees plus BCA judge, cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Sarah McIntyre were there to talk to the judges about their work. Here’s a few photos:

YPCA Nominees 2013

Photo “borrowed” from Sarah McIntyre’s superb write up of the Thought Bubble Festival weekend.

Four of our five nominees, from L to R: Jim Medway, Dan White, Viviane Schwarz and Garen Ewing with their fantastic books. Thanks for coming and making it such a special afternoon.

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Hall of Fame: Leo Baxendale

We are proud to celebrate the career and the many creative accomplishments of Leo Baxendale, the 2nd inductee to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame.

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Leo Baxendale is 83 years old and has a lifetime of original, anarchic, hilarious and revolutionary comics behind him. Yet if you wanted to read them you’d have to dig through yellowed stacks of children’s comics from decades gone by and employ some detective work but what you may find is pure comic treasure.

Leo Baxendale was born in October 1930 in the small village of Whittle-le-Woods near Chorley in Lancashire. He attended school at Preston Catholic College and after leaving served in the Royal Air Force. On his return from the RAF, Baxendale found work as an artist for the Lancashire Evening Post drawing adverts and cartoons.

Soon after, Baxendale received a lightning bolt of inspiration in the form of a singular comic strip in the children’s comic The Beano.

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2013 Winners Announced!

Tonight, at the glamorous BCA Ceremony being held as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the winner’s of this year’s Awards have just been announced. The voting was very, very close this year as the Judges tangled with the decision to pick a winner amongst such superb and different titles, but in the end the victors have emerged.

The winners of the 2nd Annual British Comics Awards are:

Best Book – The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

Best Comic – Winter’s Knight: Day One by Robert M Ball (Self published through Great Beast)

Emerging Talent – Will Morris for The Silver Darlings (Blank Slate Books)

Young People’s Comic Award – The Complete Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing (Egmont Books)

Hall of Fame – Leo Baxendale

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the nominees! A big thanks is also due to the Committee, the Judges and our young reading groups from across the country for all their tireless hard work and dedication and to Thought Bubble for hosting us once again.

BCA Winners 2013

 

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