British Comic Awards 2014 – THE RESULTS ARE HERE!!
It’s Saturday night, the Bruton family have had a fabulous time at Thought Bubble day one, we’re tired but happy and are now sat in the audience for the Award ceremony. But as if by magic I’m also here to deliver the results…. modern life really can be a bit good, can’t it?
So, here we go… the winners of the 2014 British Comic Awards. Here at the FPI Blog we’d like to extend hearty congratulations to all the winners and all those nominated. The quality is phenomenal, a great reflection on another great year in British comics. And, as always, a special thanks on behalf of us all to Adam Cadwell, the prime mover behind the awards. Without him… etc etc.
Now, THE RESULTS….
- The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
- Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
- The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
- Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
- Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH by Isabel Greenberg
- Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
- In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
- Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
- Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
- The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles
- Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)
- Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
- Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore (Moose Kid Comics))
- Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
- Corban Wilkin (History of Energy (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))
YOUNG PEOPLE’S COMIC AWARD:
- Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)
- BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
- Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
- Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
- The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)
HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND by Luke Pearson
HALL OF FAME AWARD:
Over the years a strange thing has happened in comics. Through the last three decades of the 20th Century they slowly lost their status as great entertainment, slowly stopped being something important. Sure, children still bought the Beano and the Dandy and the rest, and sure there was a thriving scene in alt-comix, but mainstream (REAL mainstream) acceptance pretty much disappeared as the comic shops and the direct market came in.
That’s why so many people who love Posy Simmonds wouldn’t necessarily admit to loving comics. It was the same with the first BCA Hall Of Fame recipient Raymond Briggs, his work was seen as either wonderful children’s picture books or, in the case of works for a more grown-up audience such as Where The Wind Blows, as some strange fiction book, heaven forbid anyone mentions the word ‘comic’.
Simmonds’ work doesn’t necessarily have the universal appeal of Briggs or Baxendale, which came from reaching children of all classes through bookshops, libraries and schools. This is no doubt due to her work being firmly tied to the Guardian, where she was first published in ’77. This association, and her fondness for delicately and effectively satirising the middle class world of the paper’s readership, means she has both a defining style and a stereotyped readership. However, over recent years, the success of first Gemma Bovery (1999), then Tamara Drewe (2007) and most recently her collected Guardian work, Mrs Weber’s Omnibus (2012) has seen her work getting more and more coverage, both within and without the Guardian’s literati circles.
Her work is beautifully constructed, a lush and lyrical thing, her artwork such a wonderful thing to see, to relax into, her stories reminiscent of Austen et al yet always through a very modern, very knowing, gently cynical and satirical filter. If you haven’t read anything by Simmonds yet, you are in for such a treat. If you know her work you know just why she’s the third inductee in the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
Her work is a fabulous thing, a shining example for women in UK comics, a shining example of UK comics and how great we were, how great we are, how great we intend to be.
Simmonds’ name has ALWAYS been in the ring for Hall Of Fame recipient. There are so many worthy names, but on top of that the Committee always considered age. Not to be too blunt here, but the Awards decided from the outset to be forward looking, really concentrating on those comic greats who were still with us, rather than those sadly gone.
This year it’s a delight to know it’s Posy Simmonds who’s being inducted. Writing this in advance I can’t tell you how fascinating it was to hear her chat to Maura McHugh, but I can tell you that I’m really looking forward to seeing her receive an award that she completely and utterly deserves.