The BCA Committee is made up of knowledgeable people from the world of British comics generously giving their time to read every eligible entry and select a final shortlist of nominees.

The Committee for 2016 are:


Zainab Akhtar is a freelance writer and professional librarian and is developing a dedicated comics collection at Leeds City College. She has written for The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, Forbidden Planet, The Beat, and The Comics Journal. Her own site Comics & Cola was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism. She loves comics almost as much as she loves food. She loves food a lot. @comicsandcola


Abby Bulmer is a cartoonist and illustrator who has worked on comic magazines such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Powerpuff Girls, illustrated the Moshi Monsters: Music Island Missions book series for Penguin Books and has coloured numerous strips for 2000AD. Bulmer creates her own all-ages comic Imaginary Gumbo with her husband Dave. Abby lives in Manchester and has many years experience working at Travelling Man comic shop. @abbyryder


Sarah McIntyre won the Leeds Graphic Novel Award (now the Young People’s Comic Award) for Vern and Lettuce, a story about a sheep and a rabbit who live in a tower block in a neighbourhood very much like her own in south London, but populated entirely by animals. Her rambunctious characters fill picture books such as There’s a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police, and longer books with Philip Reeve including Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North. Her comic strip Shark & Unicorn runs in the Funday Times and she spearheads a campaign called #PicturesMeanBusiness to help illustrators get credited for their artwork. @jabberworks


David Monteith was a biologist (ask about his Darth Vader claim to fame) and then a social sector practitioner. However he is now primarily an actor, and has acted in Poland and the Czech Republic and is insanely proud of having to deliver Shakespeare in both of those languages. He is also a teacher, director, coach and social network consultant. He is one half of the podcast Geek Syndicate which was established way back in 2006 when British podcasting was in its infancy. He is also one of the Editors in Chief of the Geek Syndicate Network which is a website, a quarterly magazine and a conglomerate of podcasts covering varying aspects of geekdom. His first ever comic was a history of Jamaica and his favourite ever series is Denny O’Neil’s The Question. He likes comics that take him by surprise and play with convention. He is training his daughter to acknowledge the wisdom of Yoda and is pretty sure that his loyal subjects will rescue him from this planet at some point soon. @davidmonteith


Tom Oldham is co-founder and editor of comics and art books publisher of Breakdown Press. He is also the Events Manager at Gosh! London and founder of Black Decagon Film Club. @trenchtorso


Jonathan Ross, OBE is a television and radio presenter; best known for his chat shows Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC One) and The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV). Ross is married to the screenwriter, author and producer Jane Goldman and together established the production company Hotsauce TV. Ross is known as an avid fan and collector of comic books and memorabilia, and has written his own series, Turf and America’s Got Powers. In 2007, Ross presented the BBC Four series Comics Britannia, about the history of British comics which included his acclaimed documentary In Search of Steve Ditko in which Ross and his pal Neil Gaiman tracked down the elusive comics legend. @wossy

To contact the Committee please get in touch using our Contact Form.

Award Managers:

Adam Cadwell (BCA Founder)
Debbie Moody (Leeds Library)
Martha Julian (Thought Bubble)
Biserka Stringer-Horne (Thought Bubble)