The British Comic Awards; designed to be the definitive guide to what the very best in UK comics right here and right now, simple, streamlined, and focusing on great British comic work in just 5 categories; Best Comic, Best Book, Emerging Talent, Hall Of Fame, and Young People’s Comic Award.
The nominations for Best Comic, Best Book, and Emerging Talent were announced recently, and many, many people, impressed by the strength of the nomination lists, were concerned that the judges had an almost impossible task of choosing a winner.
Seriously, have a look at the nominees again…
Best Book Nominees:
Best Comic Nominees:
Emerging Talent Nominees:
EVERYONE on the committee making the nominations was damn glad they didn’t have to do the Judging. But what brave souls are going to be the judges this year? Easy… this lot:
(Left to right; Hunt Emerson, John Freeman, Dr Mel Gibson)
Hunt Emerson - Master cartoonist, named as one of the 75 Masters of European Comics by the Centre Nationale de la Bande Dessinee et de l’Image, the noted French comics Academy in 2000. His latest publications are a 200-page digital anthology, “The Certified Hunt Emerson” published for iPad by Panel Nine, and his hilarious comic book version of Dante’s Inferno, from Knockabout.
John Freeman - editor of ROK Comics digital audio comics, webmaster for the Down The Tubes, editor for STRIP Magazine. Previous roles include directorship of the Lancaster Literature Festival, Managing Editor at Titan Magazines, Group Editor at Marvel Comics UK.
Dr. Mel Gibson - academic based at Northumbria University, trainer helping libraries and schools develop collections of graphic novels, comics and manga. She is a National Teaching Fellow and has used that award to sponsor and develop academic events and networks relating to the study of the medium.
(Left to right: Stephen L. Holland, Roger Sabin, Stacey Whittle)
Stephen L. Holland - co-creator, owner and manager of Page 45 which was judged Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham 2012.
Roger Sabin - Reader in Popular Culture at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London. The Daily Telegraph once called him ‘The F.R.Leavis of the graphic novel’, and he’s still not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult.
Stacey Whittle - knitting fiend, professional Geordie, all-round comics enthusiast, writing at SFX Magazine website, talking about them on her long-running indie/small press comics podcast,Small Press Big Mouth, and recently edited and published a fairytale-themed comic anthology, Into the Woods.
Six very, very brave souls there. The full rundown and bios are over at the British Comic Awards Judges page, pity them as they generously give their time to collectively select a winner for the Best Book, Best Comic and Emerging Talent categories. You, and everyone else, can find out the results at the first British Comic Awards held at Leeds Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival on the evening of Saturday 17th November.