May 28, 2014
Missed It: Jade Sarson Wins 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition Sponsored By Myriad Editions
This looks like one of those stories I discussed on social media but never quite did a full post; my apologies. The cartoonist Jade Sarson
has won the biennial First Graphic Novel Competition sponsored by Myriad Editions
. The publisher gets to develop the work that wins with an eye towards publication -- although not guaranteed, it doesn't look like.
Given the flood of new talent generally but particularly in Great Britain, I would have to imagine this works as an actual competition more than it does a promotional effort by its primary sponsor and beneficiary. The contest is open to those without a professional publication on their "works completed" list. The previous winner was Gareth Brookes
for his The Black Project
, eventually released by Myriad
The award was given out May 23 at the British Library, home of the Comics Unmasked exhibition.
Nominees were announced earlier that week. They were:
* Henny Beaumont -- Hole in the Heart
* Francesca Cassavetti -- Panic Attacks
* Wallis Eates -- Mumoirs
* Jessica Martin -- Elsie Harris Picture Palace
* Jade Sarson -- For the Love of God, Marie
* Robert Wells -- Sack, Crack & Back (& Brain)
This year's judges were Meg Rosoff, Andy Oliver, Woodrow Phoenix, Nicola Streeten and Corinne Pearlman.
There's a nice reaction article here
The initial, linked-to article notes that Sarson has a webcomic, Cafe Suada
, and an on-line store.
Coda: Hard not to be charmed by this post
posted 8:25 am PST
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