As I mentioned on Tuesday I’ve been serving on the selection committee of the British Comic Awards this year. It’s been a pleasure to become acquainted with the sheer range of comic book titles being created in the UK.
This meant it was tough to select a mere five titles in each category from such a competitive field, but we have picked our nominees, and they have been announced:
- 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, Jaime 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 (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 the 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.