British Comic Awards; Young People’s Comic Awards Winner is ….. Garen Ewing!

Published On November 22, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Awards, Comics, Conventions and events, News

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The 2nd annual British Comic Awards take place tomorrow evening at Thought Bubble, but an integral part of the awards actually took place today, with the Young People’s Comic Awards presented in front of an invited audience of some of the 17 groups of pupil judges involved in choosing the winner.

And that winner is the wonderful Garen Ewing with his Complete Rainbow Orchid.

It’s a fantastic reward for this artist who’s been working on the Adventures of Julius Chancer for many years now, and has been receiving plentiful accolades and high praise along the way for this wonderfully involved and involving adventure series drawn in classic ligne claire style. I can’t speak for Garen but I have a sneaking suspicion that he’ll be very, very proud of this one, seeing as it was decided by a large number of children.

We’ve been taking part at my primary school, and it’s been really popular with our 9/10/11 year old judges. One little boy, a poor reader normally, absolutely plowed through it, so quickly in fact that myself and his class teacher didn’t think he’d read it. He quickly disabused us of that thought when he proceeded to describe, with great excitement, exactly all the thrills and spills he’d enjoyed. That’s the infectious excitement of a good adventure, and Ewing has got every bit of that onto the comics page.

Congratulations to Ewing and everyone of the Young People’s Comic Awards nominees….




Cindy & Biscuit #3 – Dan White (self published)
The Complete Rainbow Orchid – Garen Ewing (Egmont)
Hilda & The Bird Parade – Luke Pearson (NoBrow/Flying Eye Books)
Playing Out – Jim Medway (Blank Slate Books)
The Sleepwalkers – Vivianne Schwarz (Walker Books)



By Garen Ewing

Published by Egmont



(Garen at the Edinburgh Book Festival a couple of years earlier, pic from Joe Gordon’s Flickr)

Sarah McIntyre, one of the judges of the British Comic Awards responsible for the Best Book, Best Comic, and Emerging Talent categories given out tomorrow night, was there at the Young People’s Awards, along with some of the nominees…. but first a little of Garen lapping up the affections of Sarah and Adam Cadwell (BCA organiser):


Viviene Schwarz (Sleepwalkers) and Jim Medway (Playing Out):


And some of the team involved with the Young People’s Comic Awards, with coordinator Deborah Moody:


If YOU want to get your school involved there’s more information on the BCA website or you can email Deborah Moody at deborah.moody@leeds.gov.uk for an information pack. Go on, get your school involved – it’s great fun!

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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