Tonight, at Leeds Thought Bubble Convention, the first ever British Comic Awards were handed out. I shall tell you all about the fun behind the awards at a later date, but right now the important things….
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, it gives me great, great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2012 British Comic Awards:
Edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix
By Paul Grist, Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson–Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison–Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart–Smith, Glyn Dillon, I.N.J.Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Simone Lia, Darryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, HarveyJames, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips & Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Jon McNaught, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, JAKe, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Josceline Fenton, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone , Dan Berry,Alice Duke, Posy Simmonds, Laura Howell, Andi Watson, and Dave Taylor
Published by Blank Slate Books
By John Allison
YOUNG PEOPLE’S COMIC AWARD:
By Luke Pearson
Published by Nobrow Press
HALL OF FAME AWARD:
The second most exciting thing about the whole British Comic Awards for me? The committee getting together and writing an email to Raymond Briggs telling him he’d won the very first Hall Of Fame Award, and inviting him along to receive it.
The most exciting thing about the British Comic Awards for me? Getting an email from Raymond Briggs thanking us for the award yet declining to attend (in magnificent style)….
“Ye Gods! Wizard prang! Top Hole! Bang On! etcetera. A great honour. Thank you very much indeed.
In 1949 when I applied to go to Wimbledon Art School, at the age of 15, at the interview the principal said: Tell me now, why do you want to come to my art school?
Well, sir – I said – I want to learn how to draw in order to become a cartoonist.
He went crimson in the face, stood up and roared at me: Good God, boy! Is that ALL you want to do?“
Raymond Briggs is a master of his craft. A master of the form of comics. He’s made so many of us fall in love with comics through his work. It is a pleasure and an honour to be able to award the first ever British Comic Awards Hall Of Fame position to Raymond Briggs.
(Briggs – 2010 – Photo from the Ethel & Ernest Movie Blog)
(Father Christmas – 1973)
(Fungus The Bogeyman – 1977)
(When The Wind Blows – 1982)
(Ethel & Ernest – 1998)
(Here’s the award for Mr Briggs. Designed and constructed by Dan Berry, we’ll make sure Mr Briggs receives it.)
Congratulations to all the award winners, all the nominees, all the publishers, the judges and my fellow committee members. A special thanks on behalf of us all to Adam Cadwel, the prime mover behind the awards. Without him… etc etc.
Hopefully you’ll agree with me when I say that this is something we can absolutely shout to the rooftops. The British Comic Awards have shown us all the true depth of talent and quality in the British Comic medium.
We’ll see you all in 2013 for The British Comic Awards Year 2.