Tonight, the first Graphic Novelist fellowship from the The Arts Foundation will be discussed as part of ComICA, the largest English-speaking comics arts festival in the world, taking place in London right now. The prize is worth £10,000 – that's about $16,000.
Judges Pat Mills (creator of 2000AD), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe) and Paul Gravett (ComICA!) will discuss the changing graphic novel, introduce the five finalists, Kate Brown, Bill Bragg, Karrie Fransman and James McKay to discuss their work.
The Arts Foundation has been making awards over the last eighteen years totally over one and a half million pounds to those accomplished in craft, fine art, performing arts, film, design and new media, but this is the first time graphic novels have been included in the list. The winner of the Graphic Novelist Fellowship will be decided on by the Trustees of the Foundation and will be announced, along with the other 4 awards in Textile Art, Cinematography, Jewellery Design and Puppetry, on the 28th January.
And whoever wins, well, they should be good to buy drinks afterwards.
Free, ICA, London, 7.30pm
P.S Oh yes, and I'll be running the Future Of Superhero Comics panel at the ICA tomorrow… will Cameron Stewart kill me? What surprise people will be in the audience? Come by, all!