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Hall of Fame: Raymond Briggs

With our Hall of Fame category we aim to celebrate the most talented and influential figures from Britain’s rich comics tradition. Over time we hope it represents the very finest that British comics have to offer.

It wasn’t an easy choice for the Committee to choose the very first entrant into the Hall of Fame. From over a 100 years of history, of all the well known names and obscure talents, the masters and the auteurs, those who influenced the current generation and those who influenced them, who should we pick?

In the end we went with someone who is familiar to us all yet we rarely praise as an important figure in the history of British comics. Someone whose work is a timeless treasure we all fondly remember discovering for the first time.

Our first inductee to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame is… Mr. Raymond Briggs.

Photograph by Liz Finlayson from the guardian.co.uk.

On hearing the news Mr. Briggs kindly sent us this email:

Ye Gods! Wizard prang! Top Hole! Bang On! etcetera. A great honour. Thank you very much indeed.

In 1949 when I applied to go to Wimbledon Art School, at the age of 15, at the interview the principal said: Tell me now, why do you want to come to my art school?
Well, sir – I said – I want to learn how to draw in order to become a cartoonist.
He went crimson in the face, stood up and roared at me: Good God, boy! Is that ALL you want to do?

Best Wishes,
Raymond Briggs.

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