Monday, 17 November 2014

British Comic Awards 2014: who won what

The third annual British Comic Awards took place on Saturday evening, after the first day of the Thought Bubble convention; unfortunately I was unable to attend the ceremony as (per usual) I'd not managed to eat anything since breakfast so was close to total collapse by 5 o'clock. It was my final year as a committee member; I'm glad to have taken part for the experience, and it's been a pleasure to serve, and discuss comics alongside some fantastic people. I do think it's important to recognise good work and achievements- for me the awards function best within that context and I hope they are able to continue. The 5 streamlined categories are also a wise choice. However, I do think there is room for improvement in the behind-the-scenes process which can be very laborious for people giving up their time, and I'll be feeding back some suggestions to Adam Cadwell.  

Judges for this years prizes were Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes, Danny John-Jules, Jonathan Ross, and Suzy Varty, while the hall of fame entrant, Posy Simmonds was decided upon by committee members, and the young person's award is voted on by children in participating schools. You can find a full list of nominees below, with winners in bold. Congratulations to all involved.

Best book:
The Absence  by Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

Best Comic
Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger by Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
In The Frame by Tom Humberstone (
Raygun Roads by Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories by Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

Emerging Talent
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))

Young People’s Awards
Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy by John Allison (Oni Press)
BOO! by Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

Hall of Fame: Posy Simmonds