The finalists have been announced for the third annual British Comic Awards, culled from a longlist of eligible titles submitted by creators, publishers and readers. From here, the judging panel will select the winner in each of the four categories, to be announced Nov. 15 in a ceremony during the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.
In addition, the judges named Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe creator Posy Simmonds to the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame, where she joins previous entrants Leo Baxendale and Raymond Biggs.
Here's the 2014 shortlist:
Best Comic• Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)• In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)• Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (self-published)• Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)• The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Best Book• The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)• Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)• The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)• Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)• Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Young People’s Comic Award• Bad Machinery Vol. 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)• BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)• Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)• Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)• The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)
Emerging Talent• Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)• Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)• Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore (Moose Kid Comics))• Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)• Corban Wilkin (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))