This Sunday, the winner of the 10th annual Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story contest will be announced — the (extra long – I’m sure it’s only been 6 previously?) shortlist can be seen on Paul Gravett’s Facebook page or in Orbital Comics in London, and is as follows:
- 4.42AM by Peter Cline
- Greedy Guts by Tom Eaton
- Haunted by Andi Comics Watson
- I Think Collin has Dementia – Who is this by? It’s a mystery apparently!
- Madame and Me by James Albon
- Mister-e Car Wash by Oliver Elliott
- My Father in Berlin by Astrid and Jonathan Goldsmith
- On a Friday by Panosbaros
- Plop by Stref
- Prim by Andy Hixon
- Sea Change by Ginny Shinnel
- The Slug Finger by Lily Shaul
- Start Up by Peter Duggan
- The Three Ravens by Alé Mercado
- Tom and Gerry by Jessica Barrah
- Varicose Veins by Jessika Green
My first thought? That there are more professional and previously-published comic artists that previously. Also — why do artists never update their blogs? Only one of the above has actually mentioned being on the shortlist as far as I can see.
(Edited to add: I’ve now heard from two of the shortlisted artists that they didn’t know they were on the shortlist – and in one case, only found out when it was too late to see their work on display).
The non-shortlisted entrants
I like to recognise the not insubstantial amount of work and hope that has gone into every entry, even those that didn’t dent the shortlist. In previous years, this exercise has brought to light a wonderful, long list of diverse and highly readable strips that might never otherwise have been evident to many readers. It’s also brought invitations to artists for at least one (that I know of) collaborative comic.
Here are the entries I know about so far. I’ll add more as I find them — and if you would like me to add yours to the list, please send me the link.
- The Dodo Knows by Helen Greetham
- Colossus by Graham Johnson
- Best Served Cold by Rebecca K Jones
- Viewfinder by Peter Morey
- Meet Cute by Alex Paterson
- Reboot by Paul B Rainey
- Just Cat Things by Gem Sheldrake
- Find your way home by me, Myfanwy Tristram
- Lavender by Sarah Ushurhe
- The Assistant by Kat Willott
- My Best Friend Roscoe by Rachel Yelding