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.
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Here’s to another year of incredible British comics!