Together with Dogooder Comics, Colin Bell and Neil Slorance made Scottish comics history last weekend as their all-ages title Dungeon Fun Book One became the first ever comic in the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Awards’ four-year existence to win all four of its public-voted awards.
Neil Slorance accepted the awards for Best Cover and Best Artist and Colin Bell scooped Best Writer, before the duo returned to the stage to collect the award for Best Comic or Graphic Novel.
“We’re thrilled and humbled,” said Colin Bell. “For Scotland’s comic readers to embrace an all-ages comic in this way is an incredibly encouraging sign not only to ourselves, but hopefully to children all over the country who may be prompted to pick up and start reading comics as a result. The SICBAs have fast become a well-respected champion for Scotland’s comic creators in a relatively short space of time, and tonight’s win is not a responsibility we take lightly. Neil and I are proud to be ambassadors for Scotland’s burgeoning comic scene for the coming year.”
To celebrate, Dogooder Comics has announced that for the next week digital copies of Dungeon Fun Book One will be free to download from Gumroad. “Winning the awards – especially amongst such talented competition from our peers and friends – was a perfect end to a year of hard work on the first issue of DUNGEON FUN,” said Neil Slorance. “But now we’re keen to show the rest of the world what the fuss is all about.”
Launched in 2013, Dungeon Fun is an all-ages absurdist comedy fantasy adventure, which sees a young girl raised in a moat by trolls set off on quest when she encounters a cursed sword, and was named the 61st best comic of 2013 by Comic Book Resources in their annual “Top 100 Best of the Year” list. Book Two debuted at Glasgow Comic Con alongside new Dogooder title Reel Love, both to great acclaim.
This coming weekend sees Dungeon Fun in the running for the Best British Comic (Colour) award at the inaugural True Believers Comic Awards at London Film and Comic Con on the 12th July.
Dogooder Comics is a new small-press publisher committed to putting out original, visionary and entertaining comics from the UK’s brightest creators.
• Free digital copies of Dungeon Fun Book One can be found here: https://gumroad.com/products/fUrbZ/
• Colin Bell: @colinbell on Twitter