We show our favourite comic creators just home much we love them week in, week out by buying their books and talking about them, but why not go one step further and actually award them for their achievements in comics? Well now you can help by taking part in the British Comic Awards.
The British Comic Awards, founded in May 2011, will be holding it’s first award ceremony this year as part of Thought Bubble 2012, taking place on the evening of Saturday 17th November. This new initiative has been set up to find the cream of the crop when it comes to UK comics – and like us, we’re sure you can think of a few examples from this past year. With 5 categories in total, nomination recommendations can be submitted now on the BCA website – get over there now to put your suggestions forward for:
- The Best Comic award, open to short-form, self-contained stories published between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012;
- The Best Book award, open to long-form comics or collections published between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012;
- The Emerging Talent award, open to creators who have shown irrepressible talent, ingenuity, and potential over the previous year, and who are early on in their career as a comic creator;
- The Hall of Fame award, which celebrates talented and influential figures from Britain’s rich comics tradition;
- The Young People’s Comic Award, which is run in association with the Leeds Book Awards and Leeds Library. This award is judged by young people and aims to celebrate the best in short-form and long-form stories suitable for a young audience published between 1st August 2011 and 31st July 2012.
What’s great is that the awards don’t distinguish between printed work and digital, or between published and self-published work; their only criteria is that the creator(s) and publisher be based in the UK. The BCAs are seeking to develop an award that recognises the incredible wealth of creative talent to be found in the UK, and reflects the quality of the work that they are awarded to.
Adam Cadwell, the founding committee member of the awards had the following to say about their creation:
The British Comic Awards were conceived in May 2011 after I witnessed the simplicity and elegance of the Doug Wright Awards in Canada. 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.
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 children’s award will be voted for by children and we’ll be inducting the first artist to our 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.
The Thought Bubble Festival is the last date on the UK comics calendar and I hope the British Comic Awards ceremony will be a fitting celebration to the end of a very busy 12 months for everyone involved in the British comics scene.
Get over to the British Comic Awards website now and submit your nomination suggestions now.
You can also get more updates about the awards from their twitter account @BritComicAwards.
Craig – @hastiecraig
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