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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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BCA Shortlist 2015 plus Judges and Longlist revealed


This is always an exciting time for everyone involved in the British Comic Awards because after many, many months of planning, reading, more reading and even more reading we can finally reveal our nominees. Selected from the Longlist of titles provided by the reading public, publishers and the creators themselves, these titles and creators represent the very best, and indeed the diversity, of British comics produced in the last year.

We proudly present the 2014/15 Shortlist for the British Comic Awards in association with Page 45.

And the nominees are:

Best Comic – Sponsored by Awesome Merchandise

  • Beast Wagon – Owen Michael Johnson, John Pearson and Colin Bell (Self published)
  • Grey Area: From the City to the Sea – Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Hand Me Down – Kristyna Baczynski (Self published)
  • Lost Property – Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow)
  • Strip – Sarah Gordon (Self published)

BCA Best Comic Nominees 2015

Best Book

  • Comic Book Slumber Party: Fairytales for Bad Bitches – Hannah Chapman (Editor); Stephanie Ayres, Sarah Burgess, Emma Carlisle, Lucie Ebrey, Enoki, Lize Meddings, Becca Tobin, Donya Todd, Alice Urbino and Jenn Woodall (Self published)
  • Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy – Darryl Cunningham (Myriad Editions)
  • The Motherless Oven – Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
  • The Rabbit – Rachael Smith (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Tim Ginger – Julian Hanshaw (Top Shelf)

BCA Best Book Nominees 2015


Young People’s Comic Award – In partnership with Leeds Libraries

  • Cindy and Biscuit Vol 1: We Love Trouble – Dan White (Self published/Milk the Cat Comics)
  • Gary’s Garden Book 1 – Gary Northfield (David Fickling Books)
  • Ghost Cat’s Pedigree Chums – Craig Conlan (Self published)
  • Maleficium – EdieOP (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Star Cat Book 01 – James Turner (David Fickling Books)

BCA YPCA Nominees 2015


Emerging Talent

  • Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch, Rent Quest)
  • Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (SDCC Exclusive), Star Trek #46 and #47, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1-5)
  • Matt Taylor (The Great Salt Lake, Wolf #1 and #2)
  • Adam Vian (Long Lost Lempi, Snippets: Extracts from 4 comics that don’t Exist)
  • Christian Ward (ODY-C Volume 1, ODY-C #6)

BCA Emerging Talent Nominees 2015

Hall of Fame

The fourth entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be Scottish comics legend and creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons, Dudley D. Watkins.

HoF Dudley D Watkins

You can view every eligible title submitted for this year’s awards on the BCA Longlist 2014/15.

We can also reveal our Judging Panel for this year, who will decide the winner for each category (except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by young reading groups from around the UK). They are:

  • Eddie Argos (Lead singer of Art Brut, painter and comic writer)
  • Kate Beaton (Award-winning Canadian cartoonist)
  • Jonathan Entwistle (Film director)
  • Stephen L Holland (Co-owner of esteemed comic shop Page 45).
  • Scroobius Pip (Spoken word & hip hop artist and podcaster)

Judging Panel 2015

The 4th Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Friday 13th November in The Carriageworks’ Millennium Room in Central Leeds. This will be one of the opening night events for the Thought Bubble Festival’s Comic Con Weekend, the biggest and best celebration of sequential art in the UK.

Congratulations to all our nominees and we wish them the very best of luck.

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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 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


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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Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards is now CLOSED.

Entries for the 2015/16 BCAs will open in early 2016.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!

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