Colin Turnbull: A Tall Story By Matthew Dooley Wins Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2016


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."

screenshot-621The full story can be read here.


He was, of course, one of many finalists who were so honoured.


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.

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