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Awesome Merchandise Competition!


This year we are happy to announce that we have teamed up with our sponsors at Awesome Merchandise to bring you a, frankly, quite awesome Twitter Competition.

By answering one simple question you could win all 4 winning books from this year’s British Comic Awards (announced on Saturday 23rd November) AND a £100 voucher for Awesome Merchandise who can print anything you want on… anything you want; badges, t-shirts, glow-in-the-dark stickers, mugs, drum sticks, you name it. PLUS you’ll win an Awesome Merchandise t-shirt and merch pack as well. 3 runners-up will win a t-shirt and merch pack too.

Here’s how you can enter:

1) Follow @BritComicAwards & @AwesomeMerch on Twitter.
2) Tweet BOTH of us & tell us which comedian played the genie in the 1991 film ‘Bernard and the Genie.’
3) Use the #AwesomeComicComp hashtag.
4) Sit back and hope you win!

The winners will be chosen at random from all the correct answers on Tuesday, Nov 26th at Midday. The competition is open to the UK residents only. Good luck!

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BCA Shortlist 2013 – Nominees announced

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:

Best Comic
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)


Best Book
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)


Emerging Talent
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.

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Lisa Wood to step down from Committee

Committee member Lisa Wood has made the decision to step down from her role as a voting member of the BCA Committee. Wood, who also co-directs the Thought Bubble Festival, has made the decision to relinquish her role to pursue her career as a comic artist, going by the pen name Tula Lotay, after being offered work from Vertigo Comics and Image. Wood said this news was “super exciting for me as its what I’ve always wanted to do, but it means I need to give up some other commitments.” She also added “I’m pretty sad about it. I’ve loved being a part of it.”

Wood will still be an integral part of the BCAs, coordinating the Awards Ceremony and Young People’s Comic Award Ceremony within the Thought Bubble Festival’s program. She will also advise on key decisions as the Awards go forward into it’s third year.

We all wish Wood the best of luck in her career, she a phenomenally talented artist, and we look forward to seeing more work by her. Tula Lotay’s first work since this decision was made can be seen in Vertigo’s American Vampire: Anthology #1 which is available now and she will soon grace the cover of Elephantmen #54 from Image Comics.

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The Judging Panel 2013

We are genuinely delighted to finally announce this year’s Judging Panel for the British Comic Awards 2013.

The Judges are (in alphabetical order):

Gareth David (lyricist and singer in the band Los Campesinos!), Lenny Henry (actor, writer and comedian), Stephen L Holland (co-owner and manager of Page 45 comic shop), Jamillah Knowles (writer and broadcaster), Graham Linehan (comedy writer and director), Josie Long (comedian, writer and actress) and Sarah McIntyre (cartoonist and children’s book illustrator).

Full bios can be found on the Judges page.

The Judges were selected by the BCA Committee and chosen for their interest or involvement in comics and for their ability to view the medium critically as works of art and entertainment from their point of view as successful professionals in their respective creative fields.

We’d like to welcome all the Judges to the British Comic Awards, thank them for donating their time so generously and wish them luck in the unenviable task of selecting a winner from what is shaping up to be a very, very strong shortlist.

And don’t forget, nominations are still open (until July 31st for Young People’s Comic Award and August 30th for the other awards) so check the rules and suggest your favourite comics for the shortlist!

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Nominations Open & 2013 Committee announced.

Plans for the 2nd Annual British Comic Awards are well underway and we’re more excited than ever about comics in the UK.

Nominations for this year’s Awards have been open for over a month now but we haven’t mentioned it on this blog until now. Soooo, you can Nominate titles for consideration by the Committee via our Nomination Form or on our home page.

What has been your favourite British comic or graphic novel since last September? What treats have you bought at a comic show or received for Christmas? What work have you made that you’re especially proud of? Let us know!

Any title by British creators published between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 are eligible as long as the rights remain in the UK. Please check the Qualifying Work page for further info. Please note this isn’t a most-votes-win process, this is a nomination process, you only need to nominate a title once and creators and publishers can nominate their own work too. You can send us numerous (different) suggestions from now until the 31st August.

The Committee for 2013 has been assorted and confirmed and we can finally reveal who they are! The 2013 Committee is made up of:

Zainab Akhtar, Clark Burscough, Richard Bruton, Dr. Mel Gibson, Dr. Ian Hague, Tom Humberstone, David Monteith, Vicky Stonebridge, Stacey Whittle and Lisa Wood.

BCA Founder Adam Cadwell is taking the role of Committee Chair.

(Short bios and flattering photos of the whole Committee can be found on the Committee page.)

There was some public discussion following last year’s Awards about gender balance on the Committee and Judging Panel. An even split of men and women was intended last year but wasn’t possible when trying to convince people to dedicate their free time to an idea. Now we’ve established the Awards we are glad to say we have 5 men and 5 women on the Committee for 2013.

Throughout the early stages of organising this year’s Awards issues of representation and diversity have been forefront in our thinking. A full blog post detailing these issues, how the Committee has been selected and how we plan to select Committee members and Judges in the future, will appear here in the coming days.

Oh, and we have finally joined Facebook! Go ahead and Like us to get BCA news, photos, videos and comics on your FB news feed.

Here’s to another year of incredible British comics!

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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!