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Although we’ve never been lucky enough to attend, the British Comics Awards seem to give the Ignatzs and Doug Wright awards a run for their money in brevity. Five awards were presented during Thought Bubble over the weekend, and since we never ran the nominees here’s the whole list, winner in Bold and starred. Winners were selected by a committee comprised of:
• Eddie Argos (Lead singer of Art Brut, painter and comic writer)
• Kate Beaton (Award-winning Canadian cartoonist)
• Jonathan Entwistle (Film director)
• Stephen L Holland (Co-owner of esteemed comic shop Page 45).
• Scroobius Pip (Spoken word & hip hop artist and podcaster)

A nice selection of winners…and nominees.

Best Comic

Beast Wagon – Owen Michael Johnson, John Pearson and Colin Bell (Self published)
• Grey Area: From the City to the Sea – Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)
Hand Me Down – Kristyna Baczynski (Self published)
Lost Property – Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow)
Strip – Sarah Gordon (Self published)

Best Book

Comic Book Slumber Party: Fairytales for Bad Bitches – Hannah Chapman (Editor); Stephanie Ayres, Sarah Burgess, Emma Carlisle, Lucie Ebrey, Enoki, Lize Meddings, Becca Tobin, Donya Todd, Alice Urbino and Jenn Woodall (Self published)
Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy – Darryl Cunningham (Myriad Editions)
* The Motherless Oven – Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
The Rabbit – Rachael Smith (Avery Hill Publishing)
Tim Ginger – Julian Hanshaw (Top Shelf)

Young People’s Comic Award – In partnership with Leeds Libraries

Cindy and Biscuit Vol 1: We Love Trouble – Dan White (Self published/Milk the Cat Comics)
Gary’s Garden Book 1 – Gary Northfield (David Fickling Books)
Ghost Cat’s Pedigree Chums – Craig Conlan (Self published)
Maleficium – EdieOP (Avery Hill Publishing)
*Star Cat Book 01 – James Turner (David Fickling Books)

Emerging Talent

Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch, Rent Quest)
* Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (SDCC Exclusive), Star Trek #46 and #47, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1-5)
Matt Taylor (The Great Salt Lake, Wolf #1 and #2)
Adam Vian (Long Lost Lempi, Snippets: Extracts from 4 comics that don’t Exist)
Christian Ward (ODY-C Volume 1, ODY-C #6)

Hall of Fame
Dudley D. Watkins.
Watkins is the Scottish creator of such very well known British characters as Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie, The Broons and, Beat gave, Biffo the Bear. Some samples follow. 

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