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YPCA Judges Challenge Local Dragons

The deadline for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award has passed and the Committee are busy finalising the shortlist. While we wait to send out the nominated titles to 16 reading groups from schools and libraries across the country we’d like to share this story from earlier this year about one of our groups of young judges.


“Judges from Craven Dragon’s Den (an initiative by Craven District Council) were surprised to find themselves drawing comic strips on Monday 17 March, as part of the successful bid by the Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies. The five members of Team Ketchup, a reading group based at Skipton Library, aged 11 to 15, asked the Dragon’s to “Comic Jam” with them. Like the BBC2 TV show the Craven Dragon’s fund community projects which benefit the local community focusing on young people under 25, and the Fluffy Ketchups have big plans.

The group, created by staff at Skipton Library, is a reading group specialising in comics and graphic novels, and was inspired by the British Comic Awards in Leeds. Now the youngsters are moving from being comic book consumers to comic book producers, using the £250 grant to create and print original comics of their own. Planning to attend Leeds Thought Bubble Festival in the autumn, the group will hold an exhibition of their work at Skipton Library and host an open Comic Jam.

Young entrepreneur Beth Tudor told the Dragons,

What we’d like to do is share our experience and hold a massive comic jam, inviting anyone to come and see how easy it is. You don’t have to be brilliant at drawing, you don’t have to be brilliant at writing, or even reading, comics can be for anybody.

Other members of the successful presentation team were Charlie Coughlin, Ben Buckner, Matthew Joynson and Grace Mills, all of whom attend different Craven Schools. The Fluffy Ketchups meet monthly and are supported by Skipton Library and the Friends of Skipton Library.”

The BCA Committee were delighted to hear that our young judges have been inspired to create their own comics and to be proactive and professional in making it happen. Godspeed you Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies!

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Young People’s Comic Award: Last Call for Nominations


The deadline for entries for the Young People’s Comic Award is July 31st, just 6 days away!

If you would like your favourite comic, or comic that you’ve made/published, suitable for a young audience and released after August 1st 2012 to be added to the Longlist and considered for this year’s Award, then please NOMINATE IT HERE! Each title only needs nominating ONCE to be considered. This is not a most-votes-win system.

The Longlist for the YPCA this year is, well, not looking very long at the moment. We are sure there must be more comics out there that we have missed and that’s why we need your help. To ensure that your comic for young readers is considered by the Committee please let us know about it in the next week.

To help with this we have added the current, incomplete Longlist for the YPCA to our website. CLICK HERE to see all the titles we are aware of so far. I you think anything is missing, please tell us!

Thank you for all your suggestions so far, there’s been A LOT! Please send us even more for the Young People’s Comic Award in the next 6 days.

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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 http://scarygoround.com, 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.

Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the 4th Annual British Comic Awards is now CLOSED.

Entries for the 2015/16 BCAs will open in early 2016.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!

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