First Graphic Novel Winner to be announced at British Library

First Graphic Novel Winner to be announced at British Library

First Fictions LogoMyriad Editions have announced the shortlist for this year’s First Graphic Novel Competition and Paul Gravett will be hosting the Award Evening with the finalists and judges in the Conference Centre at the British Library on 23rd May, as part of the events programme for the Comics Unmasked exhibition.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is a biennial competition open to all previously unpublished cartoonists, writers and artists. Following the 2012 success of Gareth Brookes’ The Black Project, the winner of the latest competition is announced at this special event in the presence of the judges, who include novelist Meg Rosoff and cartoonist Woodrow Phoenix.

The biennial competition offers the winner the chance to develop their work with Myriad Editions with a view to contract and publication.As well as a £1000 top prize, the winner will be offered an odditional prize of a week-log retreat in a studio in France.

“The shortlist is on amazing reflection of what’s happening right now in graphic novels,” says Corinne Pearlman. “Four of the works are graphic memoir and two are fiction; five are by women; three involve health issues.”

The finalists are:

Panic Attacks by Francesca Cassavati

Moving from London to Paris sounded wonderful, with the promise of a new life and new friends. Within a few years that illusion would be shattered. What happens when a child grows up living a lie of the happy family?

For the Love of God, Marie by Jade Sarson

Marie is a girl with the gift of understanding, who is often misunderstood. This graphic novel follows her life and loves, as she tries to understand and love those few special people who need her help to be themselves.

Elsie Harris Picture Palace by Jessica Martin

A rags to riches romance that begins in the film industry of the Thirties, the story charts the fortunes of Londoner Elsie Harris from a ‘Nippy’ at the Lyons Corner House to international film director in the forties and fifties.

Hole in The Heart by Henny Beaumont

When the hospital registrar tells you that your new baby might have Down’s Syndrome, the diagnosis may change your life forever

Sack, Crack & Back (& Brain) by Robert Wells

Twenty-five years of chronic – and mostly very embarrassing – health problems may not be the easiest of tales to tell, but Robert Wells promises plenty of laughs as he gets to grips

Mumoirs by Wallis Eates

Wallis Eates grew up as the only child of a single mother, in an era when everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna had something to say about single mothers and fatherless children…

Check out the six finalists’ entries here

You can book tickets here for £5/£4/£3

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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