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Young People’s Comic Award 2016 – Call for Entries

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Entries are open for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award (YPCA), rewarding outstanding comics suitable for a young audience. The winner will be chosen by young people from dozens of reading groups across the country.

This award is run in association with the Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival and Leeds Library and Information Service. The YPCA will be the only category of the British Comic Awards open this year. Whilst we couldn’t arrange the full BCAs this year (more on why later on) the team at Thought Bubble, Leeds Library and ourselves didn’t want the many, many young people who take part in the YPCA every year to go without their annual discovery of great new British comics.

Any UK based creators or publishers can submit their titles for consideration. Please consider the following before applying:

  • The work must have been published for the first time between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday 29th July 2016. Publishers and creators can send us advance copies of work due to be released in August.
  • Due to the short time frame before the closing date, entries not accompanied by a full PDF copy of the work will be deemed ineligible.
  • 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.
  • In the case of weekly or monthly anthology titles, the individual strips must be submitted as a collection. For example: 52 issues of The Beano cannot be accepted as one entry, but 52 weeks worth of Dennis the Menace strips can be.
  • Nominated titles must be the work of a British based creative team, and the rights to such work should belong to either the creators or a UK publisher. Work by non-UK citizens is eligible if they have resided in the UK for over 3 years outside of education.
  • If your title is chosen as a Nominee, the publisher may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their title for all the participating schools and libraries who will judge the winner.

If your comic meets all the criteria then please send an email, with as much info as possible AND a pdf of the work or a link to where it can be viewed online, to:

nominations@britishcomicawards.com

Voting and Judging

The shortlisted titles for the YPCA will be chosen by our Committee, who read every entry submitted and then privately chose their Top 5. These votes are then collated to decide the final shortlist. Our Committee this year is:

YPCA Committee 2016

Zainab Akhtar – Comics journalist and founder of Short Box. @comicsandcola
Abby Bulmer – Cartoonist, illustrator and Travelling Man employee. @abbyryder
Sarah McIntyre – Children’s book illustrator and cartoonist. @jabberworks
David Monteith – Actor, Tutor, Director and co-founder of Geek Syndicate. @davidmonteith
Tom Oldham – Co-founder of Breakdown Press and Events Manager at Gosh!. @trenchtorso
Jonathan Ross – TV presenter and comic writer. @wossy

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 take part too.

The YPCA is managed by Adam Cadwell (BCA Founder), Debbie Moody (Leeds Library), Martha Julian and Biserka Stringer-Horne (Thought Bubble).

The winner of the Young People’s Comic Award will be presented in a special ceremony in front of over a hundred of our young judges on Friday 4th November 2016 in coordination with Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival.


Why no BCAs?

We are sad to announce that the full 5 categories of the British Comic Awards won’t be taking place this year due to a lack of funding and lack of time on behalf of Awards Manager, Adam Cadwell. It was a difficult decision to put the BCAs on hiatus this year but ultimately we’d rather reorganise and recruit more help for 2017 than run a hastily assembled and disappointing awards for 2016. Heartfelt apologies to all the creators and publishers who have produced amazing work this year who may have had their eye on a BCA.


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Hall of Fame: Dudley D Watkins

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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.

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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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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.

Posy Simmonds

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YPCA Judges Challenge Local Dragons

The deadline for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award has passed and the Committee are busy finalising the shortlist. While we wait to send out the nominated titles to 16 reading groups from schools and libraries across the country we’d like to share this story from earlier this year about one of our groups of young judges.

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“Judges from Craven Dragon’s Den (an initiative by Craven District Council) were surprised to find themselves drawing comic strips on Monday 17 March, as part of the successful bid by the Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies. The five members of Team Ketchup, a reading group based at Skipton Library, aged 11 to 15, asked the Dragon’s to “Comic Jam” with them. Like the BBC2 TV show the Craven Dragon’s fund community projects which benefit the local community focusing on young people under 25, and the Fluffy Ketchups have big plans.

The group, created by staff at Skipton Library, is a reading group specialising in comics and graphic novels, and was inspired by the British Comic Awards in Leeds. Now the youngsters are moving from being comic book consumers to comic book producers, using the £250 grant to create and print original comics of their own. Planning to attend Leeds Thought Bubble Festival in the autumn, the group will hold an exhibition of their work at Skipton Library and host an open Comic Jam.

Young entrepreneur Beth Tudor told the Dragons,

What we’d like to do is share our experience and hold a massive comic jam, inviting anyone to come and see how easy it is. You don’t have to be brilliant at drawing, you don’t have to be brilliant at writing, or even reading, comics can be for anybody.

Other members of the successful presentation team were Charlie Coughlin, Ben Buckner, Matthew Joynson and Grace Mills, all of whom attend different Craven Schools. The Fluffy Ketchups meet monthly and are supported by Skipton Library and the Friends of Skipton Library.”

The BCA Committee were delighted to hear that our young judges have been inspired to create their own comics and to be proactive and professional in making it happen. Godspeed you Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies!


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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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Thought Bubble is the UK's largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. They are an non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form. Taking place at a variety of venues across the city of Leeds, their aim is to cater to both long-term comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before!