Page 45 – From The British Comics Awards To #Prettygate

Page 45, the independent "real mainstream" comic store from Nottingham has just celebrated its 21st birthday. A famous comic shop in Britain, it didn't pander to the existing industry when it opened, it focused on what it thought comics should be, and discovered that over the last two decades everyone else seems to have come round to its way of thinking.

But not everything runs smoothly for Page 45. It was a sponsor of the upcoming British Comics Awards – but didn't like what it got.

It does seem that way. Here's the shortlist for the British Comic Awards in association with Page 45. Whether they want to be or not. Which one could it be?

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)

BCA Best Comic Nominees 2015

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)

BCA Best Book Nominees 2015

Young People's Comic Award

  • 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)

BCA YPCA Nominees 2015

 

Emerging Talent

  • Sarah Graley (Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch, Rent Quest)
  • Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The 9th Doctor #3, 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)

BCA Emerging Talent Nominees 2015

Hall of Fame

The fourth entrant to the BCA Hall of Fame will be Scottish comics legend and creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons, Dudley D. Watkins.

HoF Dudley D Watkins

 

Judging Panel 2015

The 4th Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Friday 13th November in The Carriageworks' Millennium Room as part of the Thought Bubble Festival I'll be attending. Whether Stephen Holland of Page 45 will be there or not, I don't know.

Of course it's not the only controversy Page 45 has just been involved with, as a creator dug up a review of her comics in 2011 by Holland….

https://twitter.com/heymadeleine/status/650058733964230656

Here's the full review for context. The phrase is used twice…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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