The First Graphic Novel Award
When: Fri 23 May 2014, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £5, (£4 Over 60s) and £3
The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is the biennial competition for a graphic novel by debut or self-published cartoonists, writers and artists. Join the co-curator of Comics Unmasked, Paul Gravett, to explore the creative processes involved in the production of comics. Paul will be in conversation with the judges of this year’s competition to reveal what they were looking for. Originality, great art, good old-fashioned storytelling, heartbreaking memoir? How do you judge a graphic novel and what makes a good one? As well as presentations by all the short-listed entrants, the winner of the 2014 award will be announced at this ground breaking event.
Andy Oliver is managing editor of comics magazine website Broken Frontier. He reviews, interviews and authors the column ‘Small Pressganged’, devoted to discovering and promoting the best new talent emerging from small press and self-published comics. He contributed to Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.
Corinne Pearlman is Creative Director of the Brighton-based publisher Myriad Editions specialising in debut fiction and graphic non-fiction. She is editor for their list of graphic novels. A cartoonist for many years, she is a partner in Comic Company and a coordinator of the Brighton cartoonist group Cartoon County.
Woodrow Phoenix is a British comic artist who is also known for his editorial illustration, graphic design, font design and children's books. He is the author of the much-acclaimed Rumble Strip ('one utterly original work of genius' – The Times), co-editor of Nelson, and creator of a one-metre square graphic novel She Lives.
Meg Rosoff’s most recent book is Picture Me Gone. She is author of several award-winning novels including How I Live Now which won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Fiction and the Whitbread, and has been made into a film.
Nicola Streeten’s Billy, Me & You is the first graphic memoir published by a British woman. She is the author of the cartoon Becoming of Age, co-founder of Laydeez Do Comics, and is doing a research doctorate on contemporary British women’s comics at the University of Sussex.
Also in attendance will be Gareth Brookes, the winner of the inaugural First Graphic Novel Competition in 2012. His The Black Project, was created entirely in linocut and embroidery, and was published by Myriad Editions in 2013. He continues to hand-make and self-publish comics and contributes to several small press anthologies.
The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition prize is publication by Myriad Editions and a week-long artist’s retreat in France.
In partnership with Myriad Editions