There's not as much these days for a milkman to take pride in. But Matthew Dooley's story about a milkman who seeks solace in his height has won the Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize of 2016, announced in yesterday's Observer newspaper and awarded at the Orbital Comics Prize Event last night. Along with a sweet £1000.
He told the Observer "Years ago, me and my friend, Chris, were knocking about ideas for sketches, and I had one for a milkman who was obsessed with being tall. I found it in an old notebook, and revived it: the combination of the mundane and the obsessive seemed like it would be just right for a comic. I set it in Lancashire, in a place like the one I grew up in: Ormskirk, which was quite bland and suburban… extraordinarily normal, I suppose you'd say. I'm a sports obsessive. I tend to live vicariously through the achievements of various sports people. But I do see that sport is inherently ridiculous, too."
He was, of course, one of many finalists who were so honoured.
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Other topics included the housing crisis and mass tourism on Mount Everest. And the second prize went o Of Ice and Men, a tale of global warming by Doulos Nezblanc.
All the finalists can be seen at Orbital Comics, Gt Newport Street in London in the gallery, every day except Tuesdays.