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December 7, 2012

Go, Read: Simon Moreton On The BCAs, Privilege And Transparency

There's a significant amount of back and forth out there about a quartet of blog posts by Simon Moreton springboarding from the British Comic Awards. I think the order in which to read them is 1 2 3 4. Everyone that takes comics seriously should probably have a look. I think Moreton's constructions are sound. Making is an extension of identity, so an awards program that represents a community of making should be extra-sensitive to representation. While the needs of an awards program to recognize certain acts of making over others means that this can't be the sole concern, and that there are likely to be questions along these lines no matter how well a program look after those issues, transparency and the willingness to engage in dialogue are keys because of the many subtle ways that privilege can be exercised.

I think what North American comics people will find astonishing about this isn't so much the construction but that it all emerges from a serious discussion of an awards program. I think there's a much more cynical outlook toward American comics awards, at least generally, although I'd say that it's actually less cynical than it was 10 years ago. At any rate, the whole slew of posts is worth reading and considering.
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