Leeds Library partners with Thought Bubble for Young People’s Comic Award, Submissions Invited

Leeds Library and Information Service and Thought Bubble (returning 1st – 6th November 2016) is inviting submissions for the Young People’s Comic Award, the only category of the British Comic Awards that will be presented this year as the others are on hiatus, but will resume in 2017.

This award is judged by young people and aims to celebrate the best in comics aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience.

Like all the other categories in the British Comic Awards this award is for comics in all forms, from graphic novels to web comics from UK creators only.

This award is open to all short-form and long-form stories and collections suitable for children. This category may include one-off stories, single issues of ongoing series, graphic novellas, short stories from anthologies, web comic strips, original graphic novels, collected editions, literary adaptations, longer anthologies or a substantial body of work available to read digitally.

Work eligible for this award must have been published between 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016. Publishers and creators can send the organising team advance copies of work due to be released in August.

The winner of the Young People’s Comic Awards will be presented in a special ceremony in front of over a hundred of the young judges on Friday 4th November 2016 in coordination with Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival.

Voting and Judging

  • The shortlist of nominated titles is selected by a Committee chosen from a wide range of comics. Anyone and everyone can suggest titles for consideration.
  • The nominated titles are then sent out to participating schools and public library reading groups and are read, discussed and voted for by young people. Most of the schools are based in and around Leeds although schools nationwide can take part too.
  • Publishers may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their nominated title for all the participating schools and libraries.

• If you would like to submit any titles for consideration please send PDFs of your eligible titles right away to Debbie Moody – deborah.moody@leeds.gov.uk; Martha Julian – martha@thoughtbubblefestival.com and Biserka Stringer-Horne  – biserka@thoughtbubblefestival.com. The closing date for submissions is Friday 29th July

• If you would like your reading group to become judges for theYoung People’s Comic Award, please email Deborah Moody for an information pack: deborah.moody@leeds.gov.uk | A reading group can be from a school, public library or a Scouts or Guides troop. If you’re curious about getting involved please get in touch

More information online here on the British Comic Awards web site

• Full guide to Thought Bubble here at thoughtbubblefestival.com

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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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