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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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Young People’s Comic Award: Last Call for Nominations

 

The deadline for entries for the Young People’s Comic Award is July 31st, just 6 days away!

If you would like your favourite comic, or comic that you’ve made/published, suitable for a young audience and released after August 1st 2012 to be added to the Longlist and considered for this year’s Award, then please NOMINATE IT HERE! Each title only needs nominating ONCE to be considered. This is not a most-votes-win system.

The Longlist for the YPCA this year is, well, not looking very long at the moment. We are sure there must be more comics out there that we have missed and that’s why we need your help. To ensure that your comic for young readers is considered by the Committee please let us know about it in the next week.

To help with this we have added the current, incomplete Longlist for the YPCA to our website. CLICK HERE to see all the titles we are aware of so far. I you think anything is missing, please tell us!

Thank you for all your suggestions so far, there’s been A LOT! Please send us even more for the Young People’s Comic Award in the next 6 days.

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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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