For the past six years, the UK’s Observer newspaper has been hand choosing and rewarding the best of the year’s up and coming graphic novelists for their Graphic Short Story Prize. In conjunction with publishing house Jonathan Cape and the London International Comics Festival (which, if you happen to be on that side of the pond, happens this upcoming weekend), this year’s winner is Corban Wilkins with his charming story called BUT I CAN’T, a tale about the friendship of two girls and the possibility of the extraterrestrial.
What makes this year so different is beyond the accolade of being dubbed the best Graphic Short Story, the Observer and Jonathan Cape have compiled Wilkin’s BUT I CAN’T along with previous winners from years past as well as other noteworthy entries into SHORTIES, an anthology of graphic short stories carefully curated and chosen by comics legend Bryan Talbot. At a 125 pages with 21 different stories, SHORTIES! is a tremendous display of the emerging canon of graphic storytelling from Britain. The book does a wonderful job in showcasing a panorama of new talent, each rich and diverse in their storytelling and art.
Curious to see how it reads? Well, you’re in luck because SHORTIES! is available for your own viewing pleasure HERE. Vintage Books has offered an online, downloadable iBook or print version all on their website.