British Comic Awards – Shortlists 2013

Published On September 25, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Awards, Comics, Comics For Children

The British Comic Awards 2013 – The Shortlists. Announced today, and a perfect illustration of just how damn good the UK comics scene is right now.

A quick reminder to how this works. The BCA Committee selects the shortlist for four awards and the recipient of the Hall Of Fame award. These shortlists are decided from qualifying work published in the awards year, and although they don’t actually nominate, the general public and comic creators are encouraged to get involved through the year by suggesting titles for consideration. This year we had a lot of people getting in touch, and in the end, had a long, long, long-list of titles to select the final shortlist from.

Following the short-list, we pass the responsibility to choose a winner in each category to the Judges. Best Comic, Best Book and Emerging Talent winners are chosen by the BCA Judges, whilst the Young People’s Comic Award is judged (as it should be) by a group of participating schools, mostly from the Leeds and Yorkshire area.

So here we go, the shortlist for the 2013 British Comic Awards, chosen by a committee of 9 people, all knowledgeable in the medium of comics, a mix of genders, faiths, religions, races, etc etc etc who read, read, read, read pretty much everything published this year in the UK comics scene and decided, after much deliberation, that these were the book and comics we wanted to pass to the judges this year. Here they are…. from the BCA Press Release…..

The British Comic Awards committee are very pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Awards. The shortlisted titles for each category were decided by the committee of 9 comic industry professionals and academics from 100s of eligible titles submitted by the public as well as publishers and the creators themselves. This year’s nominees are:




Best Comic

The Absence #5 – Martin Stiff (self published)

The Listening Agent – Joe Decie (Blank Slate Books)

Mud Man #6 – Paul Grist (Image Comics)

Soppy – Philippa Rice (self published)

Winter’s Knight: Day One – Robert M Ball (Great Beast/self published)




Best Book

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape)

Judge Dredd: Trifecta – Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Spurrier, Henry Flint, D’Israeli, Carl Critchlow and Simon Coleby (2000AD Graphic Novels)

The Man Who Laughs – David Hine and Mark Stafford (Self Made Hero)

Mrs. Weber’s Omnibus – Posy Simmonds (Jonathan Cape)

The Nao of Brown – Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)




Emerging Talent

Isabel Greenberg (The River of Lost Souls)

Dilraj Mann (Frank Ocean VS Chris Brown, Make You Notice, Turning Point)

Will Morris (The Silver Darlings)

Jade Sarson (Cafe Suada)

Lizzy Stewart (Solo, Four Days In Brussels, Four Days in Iceland, Object Stories)




Young People’s Comic Award

Hilda & The Bird Parade – Luke Pearson (NoBrow)

The Sleepwalkers – Vivianne Schwarz (Walker Books)

Cindy & Biscuit #3 – Dan White (self published)

The Complete Rainbow Orchid – Garen Ewing (Egmont)

Playing Out – Jim Medway (Blank Slate Books)



Hall of Fame

And the second entrant to our Hall of Fame will be Leo Baxendale.


The nominated titles will now be passed over to our panel of judges who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.

This year’s judges are:

Gareth David (lyricist and singer in the band Los Campesinos!)

Lenny Henry (actor, writer and comedian)

Stephen L Holland (co-owner and manager of Page 45 comic shop)

Jamillah Knowles (writer and broadcaster)

Graham Linehan (comedy writer and director)

Josie Long (comedian, writer and actress)

and Sarah McIntyre (cartoonist and children’s book illustrator)


The 2nd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday 23rd November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds (venue and time to be announced). Now in it’s seventh year, the festival will take place in a variety of venues across the city from 17th – 24th November, with a huge 2 day comic convention at the Royal Armouries on the 23rd and 24th. Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms and caters to both long-time comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before.

The British Comic Awards is an annual celebration of the very best comics made in Britain over the past twelve months. The Awards aim to recognise and promote to a wider audience the finest examples of storytelling in this most underrated of mediums. For more about the Awards please visit


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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

5 Responses to British Comic Awards – Shortlists 2013

  1. Matt Badham says:

    Good list.

  2. Martin Stiff says:

    Rich, just a quick note to say thanks so much for championing The Absence since the first issue 5 (5!) years ago. I’m dead chuffed that it’s been picked for the shortlist and to be nominated with so many other great creators is amazing. You might also be pleased to learn that I’m dropping the FINAL ISSUE into the post to you today!

    Thanks again,

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