British Comic Awards Hall of Fame: Dudley D. Watkins

British Comic Awards Shortlist announced, Beano artist Dudley D. Watkins enters “Hall of Fame”

British Comic Awards and Page 45 LogoAfter many, many months of planning, reading, more reading and even more reading the team behind the British Comic Awards have just revealed the nominees for 2014/15, selected from the Longlist of titles provided by the reading public, publishers and the creators themselves.

The BCA committee have decided the following titles and creators listed below represent the very best, and indeed the diversity, of British comics produced in the last year.

Also announced is the latest entrant into the British Comics Awards “Hall of Fame” – Beano, Dandy, “Oor Wullie” and “The Broons” artist Dudley D. Watkins.

Best Comic

  • Beast Wagon – Owen Michael Johnson, John Pearson and Colin Bell (Self published)
  • Grey Area: From the City to the Sea – Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Hand Me Down – Kristyna Baczynski (Self published)
  • Lost Property – Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow) – read our review
  • Strip – Sarah Gordon (Self published)

Best Book

  • Comic Book Slumber Party: Fairytales for Bad Bitches – Hannah Chapman (Editor); Stephanie Ayres, Sarah Burgess, Emma Carlisle, Lucie Ebrey, Enoki, Lize Meddings, Becca Tobin, Donya Todd, Alice Urbino and Jenn Woodall (Self published)
  • Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy – Darryl Cunningham (Myriad Editions)
  • The Motherless Oven – Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
  • The Rabbit – Rachael Smith (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Tim Ginger – Julian Hanshaw (Top Shelf)

Young People’s Comic Award

  • Cindy and Biscuit Vol 1: We Love Trouble – Dan White (Self published/Milk the Cat Comics)
  • Gary’s Garden Book 1 – Gary Northfield (David Fickling Books)
  • Ghost Cat’s Pedigree Chums – Craig Conlan (Self published)
  • Maleficium – EdieOP (Avery Hill Publishing) – read news item
  • Star Cat Book 01 – James Turner (David Fickling Books)

Emerging Talent

  • Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch, Rent Quest)
  • Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The 9th Doctor #3, Star Trek #46 and #47, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1-5)
  • Matt Taylor (The Great Salt Lake, Wolf #1 and #2)
  • Adam Vian (Long Lost Lempi, Snippets: Extracts from 4 comics that don’t Exist)
  • Christian Ward (ODY-C Volume 1, ODY-C #6)

British Comic Awards Hall of Fame: Dudley D. WatkinsHall of Fame

The fourth entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be comics legend and creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons, Dudley D. Watkins.

You can view every eligible title submitted for this year’s awards on the BCA Longlist 2014/15.

The Judging Panel for this year, who will decide the winner for each category (except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by young reading groups from around the UK) will be:

  • Eddie Argos (Lead singer of Art Brut, painter and comic writer)
  • Kate Beaton (Award-winning Canadian cartoonist)
  • Jonathan Entwistle (Film director)
  • Stephen L Holland (Co-owner of esteemed comic shop Page 45).
  • Scroobius Pip (Spoken word & hip hop artist and podcaster)

The 2014/15 Shortlist for the British Comic Awards come to you in association with Page 45.

Our congratulations to all the nominees!

• The 4th Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Friday 13th November in The Carriageworks’ Millennium Room in Central Leeds. This will be one of the opening night events for the Thought Bubble Festival’s Comic Con Weekend

 

 

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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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