Young People's Comic Awards

The Young People’s Comic Awards is run in association with Leeds Library and was known as the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards between 2010 and 2011. This award is judged by young people and aims to celebrate the best in comics aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience. Like all the other categories in the British Comic Awards this award is for comics in all forms, from graphic novels to web comics from UK creators only.

All previous nominees are listed on the Winners page.

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.

Work eligible for this award must have been published between 1st August 2013 and 31st July 2014. Please note this is a different time frame than the other awards due to the voting process and the school year.

Voting and Judging

Like the other categories, the shortlist of nominated titles is selected by the Committee chosen from a wide range of comics. Anyone and everyone can suggest titles for consideration.

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 can take part too. Please see the sidebar for more info.

Publishers may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their nominated title for all the participating schools and libraries.

Prize Giving Ceremonies

The winner of the Young People’s Comic Awards will be presented in a special ceremony at the Leeds Library in coordination with the British Comic Awards and Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival in November 2014. Many of the young people who voted in the award will be present.

The winner will also be celebrated at the British Comic Awards ceremony the following day.

Get your school involved!

If you would like your school to take part in the 2014 Young People's Comic Award, please email Deborah Moody for an information pack:

Leeds Graphic Novel Award 2011


Vern & Lettuce by Sarah McIntyre


Monkey Nuts: The Diamond Egg of Wonders by Robin Etherington and Lorenzo Etherington
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! by Mike Kunkel
Louis – Night Salad by Metaphrog
Mouse Guard Vol 1: Legends of the Guard by David Peterson
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud & Andrew Donkin

Leeds Graphic Novel Award 2010


Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton


Spider Moon by Kate Brown
Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson
Mezolith by Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank
Silverfin: The Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson & Kev Walker
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young