Each year a panel of Judges generously give their time to read all the shortlisted titles and select a winner for the Best Comic, Best Book and Emerging Talent categories.
The Judges have been selected by the BCA Committee and chosen for their interest or involvement in comics. They are also chosen 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.
Argos is the lead singer of the rock band Art Brut and musical project Everybody Was in the French Resistance… Now! He is also an avid painter. Argos frequently references comic books in his lyrics, and Art Brut even commissioned a comic book for the release of their fourth album Brilliant! Tragic! featuring art by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Hope Larson, Jamie McKelvie, Jeffrey Brown, Jeffrey Lewis, Marc Ellerby, and many more.
At this year’s Thought Bubble Festival, Argos will release a new comic series he’s written called Double D with art by Steven Horry, published by Image Comics.
Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist from Nova Scotia. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, Harpers, the National Post, and The Best American Comics anthology. She is the author of the comic collections Hark, A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, as well as the picture book The Princess and The Pony.
Selected by Screen International as a ‘Star Of Tomorrow’ for 2010, Jonathan is a director who likes trench coats, smoke, swearing, skateboards, comics and loads of other stuff. He is a graduate of Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and MA Filmmaking at the London Film School.
Jonathan has developed a live action adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comic ‘The End Of The F**king World’. Bringing the nihilistic vision of America to the UK. The film stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Jessica Barden (Hanna) as James and Alyssa. As well as drama, Jonathan has directed commercials for GEOX, Nike & NatWest.
Stephen L. Holland is the co-creator, co-owner and manager of Page 45 which was judged Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham 2012 and in 2004 won the only ever Diamond Comics Award for Best Retailer in the UK. For 18 years Page 45 has successfully promoted quality and diversity in comics and graphic novels regardless of publishing status, writing weekly reviews redressing the stranglehold which corporate comics have held over the industry in the US and UK. Stephen has a degree in English Literature and History of Art.
Scroobius Pip is a spoken word & hip hop artist from the UK. He also has one of Britains biggest podcasts (Distraction Pieces) that has had guests including Alan Moore, Warren Ellis & Garth Ennis.
Having been a lover of comics for many years, in 2010 Pip, after refusing many offers to release a collection of his poems, instead teamed up with a selection of artists & released a graphic novel of poems called “Poetry in (e)motion”.