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Call for Entries now OPEN!

BCA Entry Form 2015

At long last we have opened the Call for Entries for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards!!!

Please visit our swish new Entry Form to submit your favourite British comic published since 1st September 2014.

READERS! Tell us about the best comic or graphic novel you’ve read in the last 10 months. Have you read a great comic for kids? Let us know! Have an idea for who should be in our Hall of Fame? Tell us!

CREATORS! Don’t be shy, submit your own work for consideration or put yourself forward for our Emerging Talent category. Get involved!

With our new form you can easily submit as many entries as you like, duplicate entries for multiple categories and even edit your entries all the way up until the deadline of 31st August 2015!

In other news, we’d like to welcome our new sponsors and announce our partnership with Page 45, the award-winning and highly regarded Nottingham comic shop. We’re thrilled to be working with them and look forward to the opportunities ahead.

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If your business would be interested in sponsoring the BCAs or one of our 5 categories, please email adamATbritishcomicawards.com for an information pack.

As well as all this news, we revealed our new Committee on Twitter earlier this week.

Maura McHugh (Comic writer, Laydeez do Comics, Dublin co-organiser) and Clark Burscough (Thought Bubble’s Assistant Director) return this year and are joined by Camila Barboza (Impossible Books co-founder), Jamillah Knowles (writer, broadcaster, journalist and a BCA Judge in 2013), Craig Neilson-Adams (Big Comic Page Editor-in-Chief), Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier Editor-in-Chief), Jessica Penfold (self-publisher, previous owner of Eggs Milk Butter (a comics & coffee shop in London)) and Andy Waterfield (comics columnist for The Runout). Wish them luck with the mountain of reading that looms before them!

BCA Committee 2015

We’ve more changes in store this year including lots of fun plans for this year’s ceremony but for now please submit your favourite titles and tell us what you’ve worked on! GO GO GO!


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An update on this year’s BCAs

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Things have been quiet on this site since the winners of last year’s Awards were announced last November. We had a notice in the sidebar saying that the open nomination process, which we’re now calling the Call for Entries, would open in January 2015. This has obviously not happened and we are sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Fear not, the BCAs are still happening this year and there will be plenty of time in the near future for you to submit your favourite titles, or your own titles, for consideration.

It has taken longer than expected to assemble this year’s Committee and we are also looking at many ways to improve the BCAs, many of which require funding which requires more time. We are looking at a better system for accepting Entries and if we can get that working this year it will be well worth the wait.

In short, please bear with us, as soon as we know when we’re opening the Call for Entries we’ll let everybody now. Thank you for your patience.


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Hall of Fame: Posy Simmonds

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We announced back in October that the third inductee to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame would be the one and only Posy Simmonds. At the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards ceremony held on Saturday 15th November 2014 we were very lucky to have Posy there in person to accept her award and speak with writer and BCA committee member Maura McHugh about her life in comics.

Here’s a video of Posy’s appearance at the BCA ceremony filmed by comics blogger Leonard Sultana aka An Englishman in San Diego.

What follows is a brief illustrated retrospective of Simmonds’ esteemed career thus far and a transcript of Posy and Maura’s conversation.

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BCA 2014 Winners Announced

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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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Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards is now OPEN!

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