Here are links to every entry I can find online. I’ll keep adding more as I find them, and please do feel free to let me know in the comments if you have one I can link to (or if I’ve linked to your WIP below and you have a more finished version).
- WINNER: The River by Alexis Deacon
- RUNNER UP: After Life by Beth Dawson
- RUNNER UP: Countess Markievicz by Fionnuala Doran
- SHORTLISTED: My Name Is Judas Iscariot by Matthew Dooley
- SHORTLISTED: Collage by Alan Dunne
- SHORTLISTED: My Holiday of Death by Nick Burton
- Here is my entry.
- Dying by Teresa Robertson
- Tiger Boy by Mure
- A shot of the work being coloured by Tim Reedy
- The Crow and the Cuckoo from Tashi Reeve
- The Goddess and the Cloak from Josh Oliver.
- Personal Growth by Bridget M
- Hurt by Birta Thrastardottir
- Screenshots of WIP from Zoe Nash
- Snooze by Marianna Madriz
- Dream a Little Dream by Sara Ljeskovac
- A single panel from Naomi Sloman
- A cover(!) from Adam Williams
- Le Petit Voyage by Paige Collins and Nightshift by Mhairi Braden
- Rachel Yelding’s Did You Hear About Louie Miller?
- Just A Tiny Little Bit from Faye Moorhouse
- A glimpse from Briony May-Smith
- The Noneist by Tom Plant
- Away From You by Ash Beech (PDF)
- The Day I Went Beserk by Jim Taylor and Roger Davidson
- Milltown by Martin Simpson
- Hide and Seek by Jackson Rees
- Mary by Ross Mackintosh
- Bottled Up by Emily Rose
- The City That Was Built on a Bridge by Kyle Patterson
- The Chair by Kel Winser
- The Time Traveller’s Comic Collection by Robert Wells
- E Mare Libertas by Dylan White
- The Insider by Alexander Matthews
- There’s a Dot in Morris by Dog
- Conjurers Confidential by Robert Ball and Stephen Aston
- The Other End of the Letter by Steven Ingram
- Dermis Pearl by Sarah Ushurhe
- The Scarecrow and Miss King by Andrew Stilborn
- Little Sister by Lindsay Pollock
-obsessives-watchers might be interested to see this comment from Paul Gravett, one of the judges, which was part of an interview with Andy Oliver:
“I helped out again with the judging last Friday and the standard this year, the 8th year, was markedly better, some brilliant entries, many names new to me, and more entries than in the last few years. The challenge with a four-page story is to create enough mood, story and characterisation and to devise a surprising, or at least not familiar conclusion or twist or even open ending.”
Hope we’re all feeling like we did that… :/
Here are some other related bits and bobs to explore:
- Zainab Akhtar’s opinion about this contest
- My thoughts about the winners
- Thoughts about entering illustration competitions
- Interview with one of this year’s guest judges Peter Serafinowicz, thanks to “S” for linking to this in the comments.
- Last year’s list of entries
33 thoughts on “Observer/Comica/Cape Graphic Short Story contest – round-up 2014”
Hmm… I’ve been too scared to put mine up on my website! Wasn’t sure if it was allowed! Anyway, nice to see all of this. I would love to be one of the judges. I love Snooze by Marianna Madriz.
Heh! That was me last year. This year I specifically checked the T&Cs. I don’t know if they changed them or if I just didn’t read them as thoroughly last year, but this time it makes it really clear that your work mustn’t previously have been *professionally* published. As this blog only has about 20 readers, I’m feeling pretty safe…😀
Definitely some good work here. Im liking the look of Naomi Sloman’s elephant and I want to see more of that one.
Can see you put a lot of work into yours really liked some of your panel details. I learnt a lot from the process ( predominantly what not to do!) next stuff i will avoid the pitfalls…probably…
Feel free to post my link for the laughs!
Thanks Dog.. it’s all a learning process, eh! I’ve added you in.
Hello! Here are some panels from mine (I think we had some zeitgeist going on lol): http://enchantedviolin.tumblr.com/post/93967157204/preview-images-from-my-competition-short-graphic
How funny! Thanks for sharing – I’ll add you to the main blog post when I get a mo.
Hey! Here is the full piece: http://enchantedviolin.tumblr.com/post/100224521294/did-you-hear-about-louie-miller-click-here-to
Wonderful list btw!
Thank you – I’ve added it! Yes, loving seeing all these entries, although I think it must just be the tip of the iceberg.
Hello! I got your message on Tumblr, here’s the completed version of Tiger Boy, I’d totally forgotten to upload the rest of it! http://littlemure.tumblr.com/post/100083098598/the-full-version-of-tiger-boy-my-entry-for-this
Ohh man, this year’s entries look top notch, good stuff!
Oh great! I’ll link to that in the main blog post when I get a mo. Don’t they, though.There’s such a wide spread of styles, it’s so great to see them all.
I entered the competition for the first time this year, all the entries are of such a high standard, I loved reading ‘Giddy Heights’ especially. I will upload my story to my website ‘Hide and Seek’ once they announce the winners :)
Great stuff, thanks Jackson! I look forward to seeing it.
My short comic entitled ‘Hide and Seek’ is available here: http://jacksonrees.co.uk/Hide-and-Seek Enjoy!
Thank you – added!
My entry is here: http://explosivemovement.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/blog-post.html
Good luck all.
Thanks Ross. – added!
I feel like that they only choose a particular style for this contest, which gives a sense of bias to the contest(let’s hope i’m wrong when we find out this years winner). Also has anyone noticed that both Emily Haworth-Booth who won last year and Isabel Greenberg who won in 2011 both took the joint runner prize as well in 2008 when the contest ran? I don’t see how it is even fair to re enter a contest that you came runner up for in the first place. I just wish that they would email people once they get peoples entries or at least put on their site the shortlisted artworks like folio and thought bubble do because it seems to undervalue the hard work people put into these entries and to not get any acknowledgment i feel is wrong.
I found a link about one of the judges discussing this years contest i thought people might like.
Thanks for that link – that’s really interesting. Especially the bit where he says the winner is a ‘beautiful work of art’, original in form and satisfying in content. That is a lot to strive for!
You’re not the first one to think there’s a similar style at play in the winners over the years – I remember reading this piece from Zainab Akhtar, which points out that there’s even a preferred colour palette.
I’m not sure myself: Isabel Greenberg I personally think has a really unique style. For me, Emily Haworth-Booth was a more surprising winner, given that there’s such an emphasis on story and characterisation rather than just depicting a moment or an anecdote – her winning strip did just seem to be an anecdote really.
I don’t agree with you about runners-up, though. If you’ve been shortlisted before, I think it’s only fair that you should be able to go away and work hard and still have a shot of winning next time. Why not? It’s not like you get anything for being shortlisted. Even the attention from publishers and press seems to be directed purely at the winners (probably because the shortlist does not seem to be very widely disseminated).
Finally though, yes, I think they could do more for the general field of entrants. An acknowledgement email, an email to say sorry you didn’t get shortlisted but watch this space to see who did – those are the things that will encourage people to enter again, and feel valued. It IS a lot of work to have no acknowledgement at all.
Yes I do like greenberg’s work, I just wanted to highlight how both her and booth won second place(which there is a prize for,they never got shortlisted) and still got first place,which seems like the judges would go for maybe someone familiar to them who maybe placed in the past too or has a similar aesthetic to those that have won. That being said the days of bangold summer by joff winterhart placed second and the comic was made into a graphic novel and has done well,so I guess you are still able to do well and get acknowledgement even by not getting 1st place.
I do like everyone’s entries posted on your site so far,so it really will be hard for them i guess to decide this years winner and i’m looking forward to seeing the shortlisted pieces at comiket this year too!
Hey I was googling to see if the winners had been announced and I found this blog. It’s really cool that someone is collecting all these. Anyway I’d like to share my entry. I’m too old-school for tumblr so it’s on Deviantart. lol.
Cheers Kyle, I’ve added it to the list!
Hello, here is my effort for this year. It apparently made the shortlist which took me quite by surprise!
Thanks Matthew- congratulations! I’m out and about right now but will add it to the list when I get a chance.
Hi, I found your blog on the Observer website. I think this work you are doing is tremendous and I will certainly be checking back to read some more of the entries! They are all brilliant and far better than mine, which you can find here – http://beardyboycomics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/jonathan-capeobservercomica-graphic.html
Thanks for the link back Kel! And I’ve added yours to the list.
Hi, I just put my entry up on my website. Thanks for doing this. I’m looking forward to having a read through the ones listed here :)
This is a cool idea its really interesting and nice to be able to see everyone else’s as well!!
You’ve got mine up there on your list already from my blog but you can see it better on my website, http://www.josholiverillustration.com/The-Goddess-The-Cloak
Thanks and all the best!
This is a really cool idea its so interesting and nice to be able to see everyone else’s too!! thanks for taking the time to do it.
You’ve got mine up on your list already from my blog but I have a better link for you from my website, http://www.josholiverillustration.com/The-Goddess-The-Cloak
Thanks and all the best,
Brill, thanks Josh – updated
Here’s a link to my entry: http://www.crispbiscuit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-time-travellers-comic-collection.html
Thanks Robert! Been stuck in a meeting all day, but now added to the list.
Here is a link to my effort called The Other End of the Letter: http://blurredlinescomics.co.uk/TL/TL01.html
Great – thanks! Added.
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