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Breaking news – Jade Sarson wins 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition

Published On May 23, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

From a press release from Myriad Editions – Jade Sarson just announced as the winner of the 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition with For the Love Of God, Marie!

Here’s an excerpt:

Myriad Editions is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 First Graphic Novel Competition (FGNC) is Jade Sarson. The publisher made the announcement at a packed event at The British Library this evening, as part of Comics Unmasked, the UK’s largest-ever exhibition of British comic art.

Jade Sarson was selected from a highly competitive field of seventy entries. This year, the prize was judged by novelist Meg Rosoff, critic and blogger Andy Oliver, cartoonists Woodrow Phoenix and Nicola Streeten and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. Judge Corinne Pearlman said of Jade Sarson’s manga-inspired winning entry: ‘This is joyous, off-the-wall, accomplished story-telling and art by a cartoonist who just loves her chosen form. And what a wonderfully whacky title: For the Love of God, Marie!

This is fabulous news. Sarson was nominated for a British Comic Award for Emerging Talent in 2013, and I’ve long talked about her excellent Cafe Suada webcomic (“This is one of those most wonderful of things; a lovely and well constructed quirky rom-com.”) and am currently right in the middle of writing a review of the latest collection (hint – still fab). So it was wonderful to hear that she’d won the FGNC 2014. Congratulations to Sarson, and well done all involved.

All six shortlisted authors presented their work-in-progress at the British Library event. Previous FGNC winner Gareth Brookes, whose 2012 winning entry went on to become The Black Project (published by Myriad in September 2013), told the audience about the effect of winning the competition upon his artistic career. This year, the prize was judged by novelist Meg Rosoff, critic and blogger Andy Oliver, cartoonists Woodrow Phoenix and Nicola Streeten and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. Judge Corinne Pearlman said of Jade Sarson’s manga-inspired winning entry: ‘This is joyous, off-the-wall, accomplished story-telling and art by a cartoonist who just loves her chosen form. And what a wonderfully whacky title: For the Love of God, Marie!’ Sarson was nominated for Best Emerging Talent in the 2013 British Comic Awards.

The First Graphic Novel Competition is a biennial event open to all comic makers without a previous professional publication to their name. The winner receives the opportunity to develop the work with Myriad Editions,  potentially up to contract/publication. There’s also an additional prize of a week-long author’s retreat in a French studio.

The winner of the inaugural competition was Gareth Brookes with The Black Project, published by Myriad Editions in 2013. The 2014 winner was revealed tonight (23 May) at The British Library, as part of the Comics Unmasked exhibition. Judges this year were novelistMeg Rosoff, critic and blogger at Broken Frontier Andy Oliver, cartoonist Woodrow Phoenix and Nicola Streeten and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman.

This years shortlist was incredibly strong, with six excellent artists and projects I’m sure we’ll be hearing about in the months (maybe years) to come….

Henny Beaumont – Hole in the Heart

Francesca Cassavetti – Panic Attacks

Wallis Eates – Mumoirs

Jessica Martin – Elsie Harris Picture Palace

Jade Sarson – For the Love of God, Marie

Robert Wells –  Sack, Crack & Back (& Brain)

But once more, congratulations to Jade Sarson. No doubt she’s now got a load of work in front of her to get For the Love of God, Marie! finished and published. In the mean time, catch up with Cafe Suada here and buy her books here.

Finally, a fab picture of the fab winner holding her fab book…. (Photo from the also fab Richy K. Chandler at Tempo Lush)

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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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