The British Comic Awards committee are very pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Awards. The shortlisted titles for each category were decided by the committee of 9 comic industry professionals and academics from 100s of eligible titles submitted by the public as well as publishers and the creators themselves. This year’s nominees are:
The Absence #5 – Martin Stiff (self published)
The Listening Agent – Joe Decie (Blank Slate Books)
Mud Man #6 – Paul Grist (Image Comics)
Soppy #2 – Philippa Rice (self published)
Winter’s Knight: Day One – Robert M Ball (Great Beast/self published)
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape)
Judge Dredd: Trifecta – Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Spurrier, Henry Flint, D’Israeli, Carl Critchlow and Simon Coleby (2000AD Graphic Novels)
The Man Who Laughs – David Hine and Mark Stafford (Self Made Hero)
Mrs. Weber’s Omnibus – Posy Simmonds (Jonathan Cape)
The Nao of Brown – Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)
Young People’s Comic Award
Cindy & Biscuit #3 – Dan White (self published)
The Complete Rainbow Orchid – Garen Ewing (Egmont)
Hilda & The Bird Parade – Luke Pearson (NoBrow/Flying Eye Books)
Playing Out – Jim Medway (Blank Slate Books)
The Sleepwalkers – Vivianne Schwarz (Walker Books)
Isabel Greenberg (The River of Lost Souls)
Dilraj Mann (Frank Ocean VS Chris Brown, Make You Notice, Turning Point)
Will Morris (The Silver Darlings)
Jade Sarson (Cafe Suada)
Lizzy Stewart (Solo, Four Days In Brussels, Four Days in Iceland, Object Stories)
And the second entrant to our Hall of Fame will be Leo Baxendale.
A big congratulations to all the nominees.
The nominated titles will now be passed over to our panel of judges who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.
The 2nd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday 23rd November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds (venue and time to be announced). Now in it’s seventh year, the festival will take place in a variety of venues across the city from 17th – 24th November, with a huge 2 day comic convention at the Royal Armouries on the 23rd and 24th. Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms and caters to both long-time comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before.
The British Comic Awards is an annual celebration of the very best comics made in Britain over the past twelve months. The Awards aim to recognise and promote to a wider audience the finest examples of storytelling in this most underrated of mediums.