Taking place at the end of Saturday’s Thought Bubble Festival, the British Comic Awards nominated winners in five categories: best book, best comic, emerging talent, young people’s awards, and the Hall of Fame. Of the five, only one was known in advance: Posy Simmonds, artist and writer for books including Tamara Drew, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Across the rest of the evening, winners were announced into all the other categories:
The Absence by Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger by Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
In The Frame by Tom Humberstone (newstatesman.com)
Raygun Roads by Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories by Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
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 (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))
Young People’s Awards
Bad Machinery Vol 2: The Case of The Good Boy by John Allison (Oni Press)
BOO! by Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)
Hall of Fame: Posy Simmonds
It’s always interesting to see how the awards develop across time, from the longlist to shortlist to final winners. This has been a year with some good comics, but I haven’t really noticed anything that’s been the big huge standout thing of 2014. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth has been perhaps the only book to have leaped that gap this year, I’d say, which means the rest of the books have been hard to choose between. Greenberg was the one to beat in her category, but I honestly couldn’t have picked a clear favourite in any of the other nominee groups.
It’s been a good year for comics, but there’s been a consistency rather than anything standout, perhaps?
However I would note victory of Luke Pearson once more in the young people’s award, making him I believe the only person to have been nominated every year of the British Comic Awards’ run so far. He won the same award two years ago, and saw nominations in several categories last year also. People love Hilda, it seems! The awards have really highlighted his ascent through the world of comics, and cemented him as one of Britain’s most respected comic makers.