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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 adamATbritishcomicawards.com 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

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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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BCA 2014 Winners Announced

BCA 2014 winners

Tonight the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards took place in Leeds as part of this year’s incredible Thought Bubble Festival and the winners of our five categories were announced. Congratulations again to all our nominees for making the final shortlist, every book represents the best of contemporary British comics. To prove such a point, the voting was so close this year that each of our five judges chose a different nominee for Best Book (the winner was decided by taking into account second place votes) so congratulations to the titles and creators who made the final selection.

The winners of the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards are:

Best Comic – The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

Best Book – The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)

Young People’s Comic Award – Hilda and The Black Hound by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)

Emerging Talent – Alison Sampson for her artwork on Genesis (Image Comics) and ‘Shadows’ from the In The Dark anthology (IDW)

Hall of Fame – Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds accepted her award in person and spoke with Maura McHugh about her incredible career thus far. A full transcript of that conversation with accompanying visuals will be posted here shortly.

A huge thanks is due to the Committee, the Judges and our young reading groups from across the country for their time, effort and consideration. A big thanks too must go to Lisa, Clark and Martha at Thought Bubble for hosting us.


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Posy Simmonds at the 3rd Annual BCAs

Posy In Conversation

We are thrilled to announce this year’s BCA Hall of Fame entrant Posy Simmonds will receive her award in person at this Saturday’s 3rd Annual British Comic Awards. Simmonds will also be speaking with writer and BCA Committee member Maura McHugh about her outstanding career thus far and what’s to come next.

This conversation with one of the true greats of British comics will take place as part of the awards ceremony which is free to attend for any Thought Bubble ticket holder. Seats are limited and will fill up fast so get there early!

The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival.


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BCA Shortlist 2014

BCA Nominee

Each year the British Comic Awards Committee read hundreds of comics from a longlist of eligible titles submitted by the reading public and the creators and publishers themselves. These range from single issues to daily webcomics, weekly anthologies to epic graphic novels. The sheer volume and diversity of British comics grows ever more impressive each year and so it is an ever more difficult task to compare them all and select the 5 best titles in each of our categories. There was a wide range of work voted for this year but in the end it was these 15 titles and 5 upcoming creators that came out on top. We are very proud to present this year’s British Comic Award Shortlist.

And the nominees are:

Best Comic

  • Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
  • In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
  • Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
  • Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
  • The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

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Best Book

  • The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
  • Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
  • Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
  • Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

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Young People’s Comic Award

  • Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)
  • BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
  • Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
  • Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

 

 

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Emerging Talent

  • Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)
  • Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
  • Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore (Moose Kid Comics))
  • Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
  • Corban Wilkin (History of Energy (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))

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Hall of Fame

The third entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be the one and only Posy Simmonds.

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A huge congratulations to all our nominees!

The nominated titles will now be passed over to our Judging Panel who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.

The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the biggest and best celebration of sequential art in the UK.

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Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards is now OPEN!

Visit our Entry Form to submit your favourite comic or your own work!

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