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Becky Cloonan’s Demeter won the 2014 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel, presented Sunday at FantasyCon 2014 in York, England.
“It’s amazing how much love people have shown my comic Demeter,” Cloonan wrote Sunday on her Facebook page. “I really appreciate it, especially since all the nominees were incredible. Sorry I couldn’t attend the ceremony, but thank you for all the support and kind words! I’m sincerely honored.”
The final installment of a trilogy standalone self-published comics that also includes Wolves and The Mire, Demeter is a haunting and tragic tale of love and loss inspired by Greek myth. It was also nominated this year for an Eisner Award.
The comic competed for the British Fantasy Award against Jennifer Wilde, by Maura McHugh, Karen Mahoney and Stephen Downey; Porcelain, by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose; Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore; Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples; and The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross.
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Conventions | Italy’s Lucca Fest had a record-breaking show, with 200,000 tickets sold and 300,000 attendees in all. [The Hollywood Reporter]
IDW Publishing’s Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, won the 2012 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel, presented Friday at FantasyCon in Brighton, England.
Administered annually by the British Fantasy Society, the awards are voted on by the organization’s members and attendees of FantasyCon 2010 and 2011.
Locke & Key, which also won the award in 2009, competed this year against Animal Man by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman, Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, and The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.
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Awards | Ian Culbard’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness won the British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel, presented Saturday by the British Fantasy Society. [The British Fantasy Society]
This year’s Best Comic/Graphic Novel category includes a bit of an oddity, in that CLiNT, from Mark Millar and Titan Publishing, isn’t actually a comic or graphic novel but rather an entertainment magazine that serializes such works as Kick-Ass 2, Superior, The Pro and Turf.
The nominees for Best Comic/Graphic Novel are:
• CLiNT, edited by Mark Millar (Titan)
• Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
• Neonomicon, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows (Avatar)
• The Mountains of Madness, by Ian Culbard (Self Made Hero)
• The Unwritten, Vols 1 & 2, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Titan Books)
Members of the British Fantasy Society and attendees of FantasyCon 2010 and 2011 are eligible to vote.
The nominees in the Best Comic/Graphic Novel category are:
• Fables, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
• FreakAngels, by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield (Avatar)
• The Girly Comic, edited by Selina Lock (Factor Fiction)
• Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)
• Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (DC Comics)
Members of the British Fantasy Society, FantasyCon 2009 and FantasyCon 2010 can vote online or by email. A voting form will also be included in the June mailing to BFS members. Voting deadline is July 31.
(via Locus Online)