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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.


Contact Us

To contact the Committee with any queries or suggestions, please get in touch using our Contact Form.

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Host Festival

Thought Bubble is the UK's largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. They are an non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form. Taking place at a variety of venues across the city of Leeds, their aim is to cater to both long-term comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before!