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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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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.

BCA Winners 2013

 


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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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Thought Bubble is the UK's largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. They are an non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form. Taking place at a variety of venues across the city of Leeds, their aim is to cater to both long-term comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before!