Each year the British Comic Awards Committee read hundreds of comics from a longlist of eligible titles submitted by the reading public and the creators and publishers themselves. These range from single issues to daily webcomics, weekly anthologies to epic graphic novels. The sheer volume and diversity of British comics grows ever more impressive each year and so it is an ever more difficult task to compare them all and select the 5 best titles in each of our categories. There was a wide range of work voted for this year but in the end it was these 15 titles and 5 upcoming creators that came out on top. We are very proud to present this year’s British Comic Award Shortlist.
And the nominees are:
- Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
- In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
- Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
- Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
- The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
- The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
- Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
- The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
- Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
- Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Young People’s Comic Award
- Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)
- BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
- Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
- Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
- The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)
- Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)
- Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
- Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore (Moose Kid Comics))
- Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
- Corban Wilkin (History of Energy (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))
Hall of Fame
The third entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be the one and only Posy Simmonds.
A huge congratulations to all our nominees!
The nominated titles will now be passed over to our Judging Panel who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.
The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the biggest and best celebration of sequential art in the UK.