Celebrating the very best of our wonderful artform across 5 awards (Best Comic, Best Book, Young People’s Comic Award, Emerging Talent and Hall of Fame), the British Comic Awards take place this year on Saturday 23rd November at Thought Bubble Festival.
The awards are intended to recognise the burgeoning UK comics medium, and celebrate and highlight the very best of work from UK writers and illustrators over the last twelve months.
The Committee (including myself and Zainab representing the FPI Blog) are currently reading through a LOT of top quality contenders for the award shortlists which will be announced shortly after the deadlines of July 31st (Young People’s Award) and August 30th (the other awards).
After that, the committee passes things over to the Judging Panel to choose the winner in the Best Book, Best Comic, and Emerging Talent (a group of schools pick the winner in the Young People’s category and the committee choose the Hall Of Fame recipient).
And here’s the announcement of just who makes up that Judging panel for 2013:
“The British Comic Awards committee is very pleased and proud to announce the judging panel for the 2013 Awards.
The Judges are (in alphabetical order):
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)
Sarah McIntyre (cartoonist and children’s book illustrator)
The Judges were selected by the BCA Committee and chosen for their interest or involvement in comics and for their ability to view the medium critically as works of art and entertainment from their point of view as successful professionals in their respective creative industries.
I can’t be neutral over this really, as I’m an integral member of the process as part of the committee, but as it says above, those Judges have been chosen because they are passionate advocates of the arts, including comics and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they make of the choices we’re currently in the process of making.
If you want to nominate a comic or comicker for the consideration of the committee, full details are at the BCA website, and remember to make a date for your diary for the awards themselves: Saturday 23rd November as part of Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival.