Adam Cadwell recalled the origin of the award as being inspired by the Doug Wright Awards in Canada. He said that, "The British Comic Awards were conceived in May 2011 after I witnessed the simplicity and elegance of the Doug Wright Awards in Canada. I felt the UK was in need of something similar."
It's great to see a formal comic awards recognizing British talent as many popular comic writers are of UK origin: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Warren Ellis, Brian Bolland, Kevin O'Neill, Frank Quitely, Mark Millar, and the list goes on. Hopefully, the British Comic Awards can gain in prestige and become the British equivalent to the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards or the Doug Wright Awards.
"The comics culture in Britain is hugely ambitious, but often very modest too. It's about time we pause for a moment and commend some of the incredible work that's being done and highlight important creative works for the general public,"wrote Adam Cadwell on the event's homepage.
Given that the inaugural British Comic Awards ceremony was held this past Saturday night (Nov 17) at the Royal Amouries Bury Theatre, Adam Cadwell has achieved his goal.
The list of winners are below:
Edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix
A 250-page anthology book featuring 54 UK’s comic creators, including Roger Langridge, Paul Grist, Kate Brown, and Posy Simmonds.
Congratulations to all the winners!