The Young People’s Comic Award (YPCA) 2016 runs in partnership with Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival and the Leeds Library and Information Service. The committee members are tasked with the wonderful job of reading all the submissions and this years Committee members were: Jonathan Ross, Sarah McIntyre, Zainab Akhtar, Tom Oldham, Abby Bulmer and myself David Monteith
I’ve served as a committee member on the British Comic Awards before and one of my favourite things has been reading the YPCA submissions. The unbridled imagination and abandoned storytelling ( this does not imply a lack of internal integrity by the way) creates a joyful frisson that is not always present in adult stories. This year was no different.
Their wasn’t much controversy amongst the committee this year as we were more or less drawn to the same products. Which brings us to the moment when we can announce this year’s YPCA nominees –
Lost Tales by Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books) – http://www.adammurphy.com/lost-tales/
Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron with Lisa Murphy (David Fickling Books) – http://www.neillcameron.com/mega-robo-bros
Parsley Girl: Carrots by Matthew Swan (Avery Hill Publishing) – http://www.matthewdanielswan.com/Parsley-Girl-Carrots
Tamsin and the Deep by Neill Cameron and Kate Brown (David Fickling Books) – http://www.neillcameron.com/3440743-tamsin-and-the-deep
Zorse by Ramzee with Liz Greenfield (Self published) – http://draculaslunch.bigcartel.com/product/zorse
The nominated titles will now be sent to over a dozen schools across Leeds and throughout the country for the young readers to read, enjoy and judge. Their winning title will be revealed at a special ceremony on Friday 4th November in Leeds as part of the 10th year of Thought Bubble.
I have absolutely no problems saying that there is nothing on this shortlist that would be a waste of your money.
GS Reporter: Monts