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This year’s Judges and Longlists revealed!

The British Comic Awards are very happy to announce this year’s Judging Panel. The judges will decide the winning title from the Best Comic, Best Book and Emerging Talent categories. Without further ado, our judges are:

Jonathan Entwistle – A film director currently developing a UK based adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comic TEOTFW.
Jessica Hynes – An award winning actor and writer known to many as Daisy Steiner from the influential sitcom Spaced.
Danny John-Jules – An actor, singer and dancer who has appeared in numerous musicals and films. Best known for his role as Cat in Red Dwarf.
Jonathan Ross – The infamous television and radio presenter and comic book writer.
Suzy Varty – Comics creator and tutor known for her work in the British Women’s Comic movement of the 1970s.

Judging Panel 2014

More info on all our judges can be found here: http://britishcomicawards.com/judges/

Today also sees the publication of the Longlists for all of the BCA categories. The Longlist contains all the eligible titles that the Committee has put together with help from the public nomination process and info from publishers and creators. These lists contains nearly 200 titles across the Best Comic, Best Book and Young People’s Comic Award categories as well as 93 entrants for the Emerging Talent category.

The shortlists for all our categories will be chosen by the BCA Committee and announced on Friday 17th October.

The winners will be announced at the 3rd Annual British Comics Awards Ceremony on Saturday 15th November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.


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YPCA Judges Challenge Local Dragons

The deadline for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award has passed and the Committee are busy finalising the shortlist. While we wait to send out the nominated titles to 16 reading groups from schools and libraries across the country we’d like to share this story from earlier this year about one of our groups of young judges.

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“Judges from Craven Dragon’s Den (an initiative by Craven District Council) were surprised to find themselves drawing comic strips on Monday 17 March, as part of the successful bid by the Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies. The five members of Team Ketchup, a reading group based at Skipton Library, aged 11 to 15, asked the Dragon’s to “Comic Jam” with them. Like the BBC2 TV show the Craven Dragon’s fund community projects which benefit the local community focusing on young people under 25, and the Fluffy Ketchups have big plans.

The group, created by staff at Skipton Library, is a reading group specialising in comics and graphic novels, and was inspired by the British Comic Awards in Leeds. Now the youngsters are moving from being comic book consumers to comic book producers, using the £250 grant to create and print original comics of their own. Planning to attend Leeds Thought Bubble Festival in the autumn, the group will hold an exhibition of their work at Skipton Library and host an open Comic Jam.

Young entrepreneur Beth Tudor told the Dragons,

What we’d like to do is share our experience and hold a massive comic jam, inviting anyone to come and see how easy it is. You don’t have to be brilliant at drawing, you don’t have to be brilliant at writing, or even reading, comics can be for anybody.

Other members of the successful presentation team were Charlie Coughlin, Ben Buckner, Matthew Joynson and Grace Mills, all of whom attend different Craven Schools. The Fluffy Ketchups meet monthly and are supported by Skipton Library and the Friends of Skipton Library.”

The BCA Committee were delighted to hear that our young judges have been inspired to create their own comics and to be proactive and professional in making it happen. Godspeed you Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies!


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Apply to be a part of the British Comic Awards!

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The British Comic Awards are opening its doors, welcoming one and all to apply to be a member of the BCA Committee or to be a BCA Judge. As we announced last year we are dedicated to ensuring that the British public and the comic community feel a part of and represented by the BCAs.

Every year we will refresh the Committee with 5 new members and look for an entirely new Judging Panel of 7 people. The role of Committee Member will be for this year AND next year’s Awards. The role of Judge will be for this year’s Awards only. Both roles are voluntary. Successful applicants will be chosen by the existing Committee of 5 people and the Committee Chair.

Applications open today and close on Friday 2nd May 2014.

To apply to be a BCA Committee Member please download, fill out and return this form:

BCA Committee Application Form

To apply to be on the BCA Judging Panel please download, fill out and return this form:

BCA Judge Application Form

Full job descriptions and Equal Opportunity policies are explained within the forms. If you have difficulty downloading or opening the file, please email committee@britishcomicawards.com and we will try to help with any technical difficulties.

Please feel free to pass this news onto anyone you feel may be a good fit for the roles and best of luck to all applicants.


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Nominations now open for the 2014 BCAs

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Yes, after a slight delay the nomination process for this year’s British Comic Awards is now open!!!

Readers, retailers, creators, publishers, heroes, villains and talking animals are all welcome to suggest their favourite comics and comic book creators! They will all be considered equally by the Committee for inclusion on this year’s shortlist.

You can put forward your suggestions using this simple form HERE or in the sidebar of our homepage. The rules of what qualifies and what doesn’t can be found HERE.

What has been your favourite comic book or graphic novel since September last year (or August for Children’s comics)? What new creators work can’t you wait for? Which comic legend would you like to see in our Hall of Fame? Please let us know. The more people we hear from the better idea we have of the wide world of brilliant British comics.

The Committee and Judging Panel for this year’s Awards will be open to applications very soon and confirmed in the coming months.


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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:

YPCA Nominees 2013

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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