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British Comic Awards Nominees 2012

It is with great pleasure that we announce the nominees for the very first British Comic Awards. Without further ado…


Don Quixote: Volume 1 – Rob Davis
Published by Self Made Hero, September 2011.

Goliath – Tom Gauld
Published by Drawn and Quarterly, February 2012.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant – Luke Pearson
Published by NoBrow Press, November 2011.

Nelson – Various
Published by Blank Slate Books, November 2011.

Science Tales – Darryl Cunningham
Published by Myriad Editions, April 2012.


Accidental Salad – Joe Decie
Published by Blank Slate Books (Chalk Marks), October 2011.

Bad Machinery – John Allison
Published online at

Girl & Boy – Andrew Tunney
Self published, November 2011.

Hemlock – Josceline Fenton
Published online at
Volume 3 self published, October 2011.

Tuk Tuk – Will Kirkby
Self published, September 2011.


Kristyna Baczynski
Josceline Fenton
Will Kirkby
Louis Roskosch
Jack Teagle

Congratulations to all those nominated!

The entrant to our final category, the Hall of Fame award, will be announced at the BCA ceremony on 17th November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.

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Young People’s Comic Awards Nominees

After much reading, discovery and discussion we are very happy to announce our first shortlist of nominees for the Young People’s Comic Awards.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order by title):

Bad Machinery: The Case of The Fire Inside by John Allison
Published online at, January 9th – June 28th 2012

Dinopopolous by Nick Edwards
Published by Blank Slate Publishing (Chalk Marks), October 2011

Gum Girl volume 1: Catastrophe Calling by Andi Watson
Published by Walker Books, March 2012

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
Published by Nobrow Press, November 2011

The Lost Boy by Kate Brown
Published in ‘The Phoenix’ by David Fickling Books, January 7th – 1st September 2012

Congratulations to all the creators and publishers of the nominated titles. We can’t wait to find out who the young people declare as the winner in November.

The award year for this year’s YPCA is 1st August 2011 to 31st July 2012. We realise that The Lost Boy concluded after this period. In selecting the nominees we, the Committee, have had to refine and define the rules of eligibility as we encountered different titles in different formats. In regards to serialised stories such as The Lost Boy we concluded that:

Serialisations can be nominated in the year the majority of the work was published in.

And also:

The Committee will not be able to shortlist the work as a collected edition if a serialisation was previously nominated.

The Committee discussed at some length the practicalities of nominating online work and work serialised across numerous issues of a weekly anthology title like The Phoenix for an award that will be judged by young people. Whilst it would be easier to send 5 books to each of the dozen participating schools our aim is to celebrate and promote amazing comics regardless of their format.

We’ll work closely with the authors and publishers of the nominated titles and the teachers to ensure that the young people can access and read online comics, or serialised comics presented across a number of issues or as a pdf file, in a way they can enjoy. When necessary we will provide schools with a Teachers Guide too.

We thought there is no guarantee there will be a print collection of The Lost Boy, so does it not deserve a nomination because it was serialised, even if it’s a fantastic story? If and when it is published as a book that very same story will still be considered a BCA Nominee (or possibly winner).

While we may not be able to give the school libraries a book to keep at the end of the process, the benefit will be that young people are discovering new comics and new ways of reading comics. Many of them may catch up with all the Bad Machinery stories online and discover other web comics through it. They may become fans of The Phoenix and discover other great stories in there. And more importantly they may learn that comics can be read anywhere, anyhow. That the world is full of comics in secret places. And they may figure out that if anyone can put a comic on the internet, then they can too.

Adam Cadwell.

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Committee and Judges eligibility

Last week, an interview with BCB radio prompted a discussion among the committee about eligibility that we’ve chewed over for a few days.

See, we’d all implicitly agreed that none of the committee members or judges would have nominated work (it always looks a bit cheeky, to be honest) but we hadn’t ever written it down.

Correcting that was easy. No works created in whole or mainly by a member of the judging panel or committee will be eligible for a BCA nomination.

But what about anthologies?

As an editor of one myself (Paper Science) I’d assumed that it would be ‘my’ work, and would fall under the rule above. But other anthologies published in the past year feature very small stories by creators either on the committee or that we’re approaching to be judges. And when that might mean they’ve contributed 3 pages out of 150 or so, something didn’t seem quite right.

So we’ve settled on another one. No anthologies edited or curated by a member of the judging panel or committee will be eligible for a BCA nomination.

It seems the fairest way to halt any accusations of nepotism while also being open to the huge variety of anthologies produced by our tight-knit comics community here on Blighty.

Obviously we’ll see how that works out as time goes on; the ‘rules’ about nominations will have to evolve over time, as new ways of producing comics develop and surprise us.

We’ll be as open as we can be about that – without spoiling the nominations – right here.

Matthew Sheret.

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Designing the logo

One of the many many things we discussed when setting up the awards was the logo and branding.

I’ve worked with clients in the past whose logo requirements had been as vague as ‘make it all whooshy’ or as bizarre as ‘like the Nike logo, only for horses’. The requirements that we decided on as a committee were that ideally the logo would reflect the heritage of comics culture, communicate the idea of an award and be visually fresh and distinctive.

We had a few potential logos that we kicked about until I arrived at an idea. I’d been spending time looking at the 4CP site. If you haven’t seen it, go and have a look. The site has loads of high resolution scans of printed comics that reveal the 4 colour process in action. I don’t know about you but I find this endlessly fascinating.

While I was looking through the site, something occurred to me.

I’d known for a long time that the arrangement of the dots in the four colour process sometimes aligned to form ‘rosettes’.

I know it doesn’t sound like much of an insight, but it had me jumping about the room with joy: ROSETTES! Like for winning AWARDS!

I like simple ideas that neatly fit together.

We worked through a few variations of type and colour and arrived at the final logo;

So that’s where that came from. The design of the logo has a important part to play in the story of the physical awards themselves. That’s another part of the story for another day though.

Dan Berry

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Welcome to the British Comic Awards

Hello and welcome to the British Comic Awards website.

The British Comic Awards is a brand new initiative to annually celebrate the very best in British comics. We aim to commend and highlight the best stories told by writers and illustrators over the past twelve months. Our awards recognise the finest examples of creativity, ingenuity, skill and originality in sequential storytelling in all genres and formats. We don’t distinguish between printed work and digital, or between published and self-published work; our only criteria is that the creator(s) be from the UK.

The Awards are designed to focus on the work itself and the wonderful stories being told by the wealth of talent in this country. There are only 5 awards which will emphasise the high quality of all the nominated books, not just the winners. Our awards are:

Best Comic for short-form, self-contained stories.
Best Book
for long-form comics and collections.
Young People’s Comic Award for short and long form comics suitable for children voted for by young people.
Emerging Talent
to recognise irrepressible talent and potential in a young or new creator.
Hall of Fame
to commemorate the career and legacy of an influential figure from Britain’s rich comic history.

More details about each category can be found on our Awards page.

Our fantastic award logos were designed by Committee member Dan Berry.

The British Comic Awards is made up of an Awards Committee and a Judging Panel. Broadly speaking, the Committee is responsible for the shortlist while the Panel, which changes every year, is responsible for selecting the winner of each category. The only exceptions to this are The Hall of Fame Award, which is chosen by the Committee and the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by children from numerous schools.

The Committee welcomes suggestions of titles for consideration from readers, shops, creators and publishers alike. Let us know your favourite comic from the last 12 months (1st September 2011 – 31st August 2012), whether they be hand-stapled mini-comics or iPad apps, to ensure it is considered for the shortlist. Please get in touch but make sure that your suggestion is eligible for nomination.

The British Comic Awards are organised in partnership with the annual Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival which runs between 11th and 18th November 2012 in Leeds. The first annual BCA Ceremony will be held after the first day of the Thought Bubble Comic Con in the Royal Amouries Bury Theatre between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday 17th November 2012.

BCA founder Adam Cadwell explains how the awards came about:

The British Comic Awards were conceived in May 2011 after I witnessed the simplicity and elegance of the Doug Wright Awards in Canada. I felt the UK was in need of something similar. I starting talking to other comic artists and the Thought Bubble team about setting up a new awards and a year later we’re ready to go. I can’t wait to see what titles end up in the shortlists, what the young people pick as their favourite and I’m very excited by the first inductee to the Hall of Fame.

The comics culture in Britain is hugely ambitious, but often very modest too. It’s about time we pause for a moment and commend some of the incredible work that’s being done and highlight important creative works for the general public.

To keep informed of the awards progress, you can follow British Comic Awards on Twitter: @BritComicAwards

Again, to nominate any British comic for any of our categories, please fill out this form.

To contact the Committee for any other reason including press inquiries, please send us an email via this form.


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