Nominees & Winners 2013/14

The winners and nominees for the 3rd Annual British Comic Awards (2013/2014).

Best Book




The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Jonathan Cape, October 2013

A truly outstanding debut graphic novel chronicling the imaginary myths and legends of an early Earth. A lone eskimo travels from the North Pole to the South in search of his one true love and discovers tales of Gods and monsters, mad kings and wise old crones, bad science, worse geography and much more. Full of imagination and a love of pure, primal storytelling all illustrated in Greenberg’s unique woodcut-inspired style. A tour-de-force of visual storytelling.


The Absence by Martin Stiff
Titan Books, February 2014

Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard
Self Made Hero, April 2014

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
Jonathan Cape, October 2013

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot
Jonathan Cape, May 2014

Best Comic




The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles
Image Comics, June 2014

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as the ultimate pop stars of their day. They are adored or despised the world over but in two short years they will be dead, unless someone gets to them first. This fantastic first issue from one of the UK’s most exciting creative teams introduces us to the cast of glam icons and star-struck fans in a glorious riot of pop art colour and high fashion with a good old murder mystery to kick things off. An outstanding example of how to start a serialised comic.


Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger by Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Self published through Great Beast, November 2013

In The Frame by Tom Humberstone
New Statesman, September 2013 to August 2014.

Raygun Roads by Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor
Self published, October 2013

Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories by Isabel Greenberg
Self published through Great Beast, November 2013

Young People’s Comic Award




Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Flying Eye Books, March 2014

The forth book in the Hilda series and the second to win this award. In this volume, Hilda meets the Nisse, a mischievous but charismatic bunch of misfits who occupy a world beside – but, also somehow within – our own and where the rules of physics don’t quite match up. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark specter looms. Another exemplary story for children and adults alike.


Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy by John Allison
Oni Press, March 2014

BOO! by Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart
Self published, November 2013

Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy
David Fickling Books, July 2014

The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher
Avery Hill Publishing, June 2014

Emerging Talent


Alison Sampson
for her artwork in Genesis (Image Comics, April 2014) and ‘Shadows’ from the In The Dark anthology (IDW, May 2014)

A former architect, Sampson has burst onto the international comics scene with her unique artwork on the above titles. Her ability to depict dream like situations and environments whilst conveying the intricacies of the story all with her raw, evocative penmanship has turned a lot of heads this year but especially those of our judges.


Briony May Smith for Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost and The Mermaid (all online).

Rachael Smith for House Party (self published through Great Beast, May 2014), One Good Thing (online), Flimsy (online), Vicky Park (a weekly comic in the Leicester Mercury) and ‘The Amazing Seymore’ from the Moose Kid Comics anthology (online, July 2014).

Becca Tobin for Eye Contact (self published), ‘Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark’ from Adventure Time #30 (Boom! Studios, July 2014) and numerous short comics (online).

Corban Wilkin for Breaker’s End (self published), ‘If Not Now Then When’ from Off Life #6 (Off Life, September 2013) and his artwork on ‘History of Energy’ from the Dreams of a Low Carbon Future anthology (Leeds University, Nov 2013).

Hall of Fame

Posy Simmonds

The unquestionable Queen of British Comics, Posy Simmonds is our third inductee into the BCA Hall of Fame. A long time contributor to The Guardian, Simmonds has brought wryly satirical and sweetly humanist comics to millions of unsuspecting newspaper readers for the last four decades. Simmonds work contains some of the best comic strips, graphic novels and children’s comics this country has to offer and she is one of the most refined artists and humorous writers ever to work in the medium. We honour Posy Simmonds for the legacy of her work and her incredible contribution to British cartooning and comic book art.

Posy Simmonds

Posy for adults

Posy for kids


To read a full career retrospective and view a video of Posy in conversation at the 3rd Annual BCA ceremony, please click here.

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The Committee members for the British Comic Awards 2013/2014 were Zainab Akhtar, Clark Burscough, Dr. Mel Gibson, Maura McHugh, David Montieth, Mike Thompson and Stacey Whittle. The Chair of the Committee was Adam Cadwell.

The Judging panel consisted of Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes, Danny John-Jules, Jonathan Ross and Suzy Varty.

The Best Book, Best Comic and Emerging Talent categories all featured work published between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.

The Young People’s Comic Award featured work published between 1st August 2013 and 31st July 2014 and was judged by children from 16 reading groups from schools and public libraries around the UK.