Young People’s Comic Awards 2017 – get your school or group involved!

Published On June 8, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Awards, Comics, Comics For Children


The Young People’s Comic Awards 2017 is looking for schools and youth groups to take part in a major comic award. You and your school or youth group can get involved, get to read the shortlisted books for free and deliver YOUR say on what’s the best graphic novel for young people this year.

The award has been taking place for many years now, first as the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards in 2010 and 2011 before becoming part of the British Comic Awards at the Thought Bubble Comic Festival in 2012-2015. In 2016 the award took place as a solo thing once more when BCA organiser Adam Cadwell realised that he needed a life once more and couldn’t manage another year of spending more time than should be humanely allowed on the BCAs.

This year things change around even more with the change in dates for the Thought Bubble Festival to late September. This means that the Young People’s Comic Award, although still working with Thought Bubble, has had to alter the schedule for the Young People’s Awards to allow judging to take place. So, the new schedule for the Young People’s Comic Awards will go something like this….

June – Thought Bubble to confirm award criteria and shortlist panel.  Call for submissions/nominations with a mid July deadline

June/July – Schools and groups sign up to take part

July/August – panel reads submissions and decides short list. Publishers and creators informed. Request made for donated copies for school groups

September – schools put together comic book groups. Short list announced during Thought Bubble. Collections of books sent out to schools.

October/November – groups read and discuss titles, voting takes place

December or January – winner announced.

If you want to get involved, any school or reading group can take part. All you need to do is email the organiser, Debbie Moody, at


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About The Author

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.

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