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British Comic Awards announces 2015 finalists

The shortlist for the fourth annual British Comic Awards was announced this morning, along with the slate of judges and the longlist of titles suggested by readers.

The judges will choose the winning title in each category, with the awards announced Nov. 13, on the opening night of the Thought Bubble Comics Festival in Leeds. This year's Hall of Fame honoree will be Dudley D. Watkins, creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons.

Here are the finalists:

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)

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)

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)

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, Vol. 1, ODY-C #6)

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