Each year the BCA Committee will consist of knowledgeable people from the world of British comics generously giving their time to shortlist the nominations, select the Hall of Fame recipient, select the Judging panel and organise the BCA ceremony in November.
The Committee Chair is responsible for overseeing the responsibilities of the Committee and organising the nominations, the voting and the annual Ceremony. The Chair does not have a casting vote towards the shortlists.
Cadwell began plans for the British Comic Awards in May 2011 to celebrate and promote the great work and talent in the thriving UK comics community. Cadwell is a cartoonist, illustrator and storyboard artist based in Manchester, UK. In April 2012 he co-founded Great Beast Comics, a publishing group for professionally self-published, creator owned comics. Through this imprint he publishes his own series Blood Blokes and a book collection of his web-comic The Everyday. His comic work has been published by Jonathan Cape, Image Comics, Blank Slate Books, We Are Words + Pictures and Solipsistic Pop.
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.
Dr. Mel Gibson is an academic based at Northumbria University and also a trainer helping libraries and schools develop collections of graphic novels, comics and manga. She is a National Teaching Fellow and has used that award to sponsor and develop academic events and networks relating to the study of the medium.
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.
Stacey Whittle is one half of the Small Press Big Mouth podcast and the other half of the Megacast. She is also AyeSaw Comics which debuted last year with Into The Woods: A Fairytale Anthology with more on the way this year. Periodically the SFX Magazine website are nice enough to let her write blogs for them and she also helps organise The Canny Comic Con, Newcastle’s small but perfectly formed comic convention. She suspects she may be just a little bit geeky.
Clark Burscough is a life-long comics fan, whose love of illustrated storytelling was instilled in him from a young age by his father. He studied for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Leeds, which is where his comics fandom truly came of age. In 2007 he volunteered for the Thought Bubble comics festival, and now works as the organisation’s Assistant Director, a position which he finds extremely rewarding, and which brings him into contact with creators of amazing comics from all walks of life. His favourite comic changes on a near weekly basis, but if pushed for an answer he’d probably have to say Blacksad, or Grant Morrison’s Invisibles.
Maura McHugh is a writer living in Galway, Ireland. Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the USA, and she’s written two collections called Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths, which were published in the USA. She wrote the comic book series Róisín Dubh, and Jennifer Wilde (nominated for an Eagle Award and a British Fantasy Award) for Atomic Diner Comics, she was a contributor to the Womanthology comic book anthology published by IDW, and has co-written the mini-series Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics. She’s also written part of a horror anthology play called The Hallowe’en Sessions, which was staged in London. Maura is also the co-organiser of Laydeez do Comics, Dublin, and has been a member of several Irish and international literary and film juries.
Mike Thompson is a qualified librarian who has worked at Travelling Man in Newcastle for nearly ten years, and has tried really really hard to read all the comics and graphic novels on the shelves in that time. As an editor on 2013’s Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic (produced for the British Science Festival), he was honoured to work with an assortment of excellent science and comics folks. He’s also a founding member of Newcastle’s Paper Jam Comics Collective and has contributed to a few of their popular …AND THAT anthologies over the years. By the time you read this, he’ll be knee deep in primary school teacher training, so please be kind.