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A Thank You from the BCA Committee 2013

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The BCA Committee 2013 would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in this year’s Awards and helped us expand and improve what we’re trying to do.

None of this would be possible without the hundreds of suggestions for quality British comics that we get from YOU, the general public via our suggestion form. The more people we hear from the bigger picture we have of the breadth of British comics scene, so thank you to each and every person who suggested a title this year. The suggestion form for next year’s awards will be up soon.

We’d also like to thank all our young judges who decided the winner for Young People’s Comic Award. A special ceremony was held on Friday 22nd November at the Leeds Town Hall and 4 of our nominees plus BCA judge, cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Sarah McIntyre were there to talk to the judges about their work. Here’s a few photos:

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Photo “borrowed” from Sarah McIntyre’s superb write up of the Thought Bubble Festival weekend.

Four of our five nominees, from L to R: Jim Medway, Dan White, Viviane Schwarz and Garen Ewing with their fantastic books. Thanks for coming and making it such a special afternoon.

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Hall of Fame: Leo Baxendale

We are proud to celebrate the career and the many creative accomplishments of Leo Baxendale, the 2nd inductee to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame.

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Leo Baxendale is 83 years old and has a lifetime of original, anarchic, hilarious and revolutionary comics behind him. Yet if you wanted to read them you’d have to dig through yellowed stacks of children’s comics from decades gone by and employ some detective work but what you may find is pure comic treasure.

Leo Baxendale was born in October 1930 in the small village of Whittle-le-Woods near Chorley in Lancashire. He attended school at Preston Catholic College and after leaving served in the Royal Air Force. On his return from the RAF, Baxendale found work as an artist for the Lancashire Evening Post drawing adverts and cartoons.

Soon after, Baxendale received a lightning bolt of inspiration in the form of a singular comic strip in the children’s comic The Beano.

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2013 Winners Announced!

Tonight, at the glamorous BCA Ceremony being held as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the winner’s of this year’s Awards have just been announced. The voting was very, very close this year as the Judges tangled with the decision to pick a winner amongst such superb and different titles, but in the end the victors have emerged.

The winners of the 2nd Annual British Comics Awards are:

Best Book – The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

Best Comic – Winter’s Knight: Day One by Robert M Ball (Self published through Great Beast)

Emerging Talent – Will Morris for The Silver Darlings (Blank Slate Books)

Young People’s Comic Award – The Complete Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing (Egmont Books)

Hall of Fame – Leo Baxendale

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the nominees! A big thanks is also due to the Committee, the Judges and our young reading groups from across the country for all their tireless hard work and dedication and to Thought Bubble for hosting us once again.

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Awesome Merchandise Competition!

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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)

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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)

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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)

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And the second entrant to our Hall of Fame will be Leo Baxendale.

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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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The nomination process for this year’s Awards has now closed.

Thank you to the hundreds of people who emailed in with suggested titles.

Nominations for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards will open in January 2015.

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