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Introduction LaurieJ.Proud JasonSynnott AnnaMill&LukeJones ScottDessert JoffWinterhart JimMedway JamesStewart VivienMcDermid Stilly FinnDean&SamuelGreen NickLlewellyn JulianHanshaw CatherineBrighton StephenCollins AntBlades AdamCadwell BirtaThrastardottir A.J.Poyiadgi FayeMoorhouse OluOke&MichaelOKelly IsabelGreenberg
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Introduction
Thegraphicnovelhasfinallycomeofage.Afteraslowanduncertainbirthover thirtyyearsago,andmorethanonefalsedawn,therenowexistsasubstantial canonofworkofsuchexcellentqualityandvarietythatwecansafelysaythatwe havereachedthebeginningofthegoldenageofthegraphic-novelform.Referred toastheNinthArtinFranceformanydecades,thecomicsmediumisatlast gaining mainstream acceptance as a valid art form in Britain. As a medium for communication,educationandentertainment,itholdsitsownagainstanyother artform,thankstoitsabilitytotransmitcomplexinformationsimplyanddirectly throughtheuniquealchemythatoccurswhenwordsandimagesarecombined intheserviceofsequentialart. GraphicnovelshavebeenembracedbymanyprestigiousmainstreamUKbook publishersandJonathanCapehasbeenthevanguardofthisnewwave,producing many of the best works in the form and actively encouraging new talent.The JonathanCape/Observer/Comicagraphicshortstoryprizehasbeenrunningfor fiveyears,discoveringandpublishingthewritersandartistsofthefuture,andits mypleasurenowtowelcomeyoutoavirtualexhibitionoftheverybestofthe entries. Enjoy! Bryan Talbot
Writer and artist of comics, illustrations and graphic novels including Alice in Sunderland, Grandville and Grandville:MonAmour.

Laurie J. Proud
LaurieJ.ProudwasborninNewcastleandcurrentlylivesinHove,EastSussex.His collectionofgraphicshortstories, Peepholes,ispublishedbyBlankSlatebooks. ThefollowingstoryisentitledAubrey.

www.lauriejproud.com

Jason Synnott
Jason Synnott is an artist, author and illustrator whose work has appeared all overtheworld,althoughheshappiestathomescribbling.

jasonsynnottillustration.com

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Anna Mill & Luke Jones


AnnaMillandLukeJonesmetwhilestudyingarchitecture.TheyliveinLondon, where they design small buildings and houseboats as Mill and Jones.They are workingonafull-lengthsequeltotheoriginalSquare Eyes.

www.millandjones.com

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Scott Dessert
Scott Desserts work includes mark-making and collage combined with digital processes. He works with found and created elements to try to produce a constantlyevolvingwork.HismaininfluenceishisgrandmotherMadgePyle,who used to create giant collages, which have been a source of fascination for him sincehewasachild.

www.scottdessert.com www.scottdessert.blogspot.com

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Joff Winterhart
JoffWinterhart lives in Bristol, where he draws, plays drums in a band called Buckyandwalkshisgreyhound,Peep-Peep.

www.buckytheband.com

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Jim Medway
Jim Medway runs the free online publication Comical Animal and runs Create Comicsworkshopsforallages.Aswellascomicsandillustration,healsomakes drawings,printsandproperart.

comicalanimal.com

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James Stewart
JamesStewarthasbeenaprofessionalillustratorsincethemideighties,butprefers toconcentrateonpaintingandfineart,andsometimesdrawingcomicstrips.He livesonthesouthDevoncoastbecausethesurfthereisbetterthanLondon.

www.jamesstewartart.com

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Vivien McDermid
Viviengrewupinasmalltownonthenorth-eastcoastofScotlandandnowlives inEdinburghwithherboyfriendanddaughter.Sheismostcontentwhileeating sourtangerinesandGermanChristmasbiscuitsonabright,snowyday.

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Stilly
StillylivesinOxford,where,despitehavinghadnegligiblearttraining(i.e.nothing), hecontinuestopractisescribblinginallthefreetimehisfamilyallowhim.His maininfluencesareEdwardGoreyandHuntEmerson,butanythingdrawnwitha nicethinline,withouttoomuchcomputerhampering,willdo.

www.flickr.com/photos/38706654@N08

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Finn Dean (writing and colouring)


Primarilyanillustratorandphotographer,FinnDeanhasalsodabbledincomicbookwriting.Finnsworkismainlyinspiredbytheplaceshesvisitedandthethings hesseen,andthenhecreatesanidealisedversionofthoseplacesaccordingto hisownaestheticpreferences.

Samuel Green (illustration)


SamGreenhasworkedasafreelanceillustratorforsixyearsandhasworkedwith clientssuchastheNew York Times,Esquire,Wallpaper,RandomHouseandNokia, amongothers.Hisapproachtoimage-makingisquitediverse,embracingallforms ofvisualcommunicationfromstoryboardingfilmstobook-coverillustration.Sam lovestoexperimentwithhisprocessandisalwaystryingtoseekfreshwaysof presentinghiswork. ThefollowingpieceiscalledThe Waitress.

www.theartcollective.com/artists/finn-dean/ www.sams-place.net

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Nick Llewellyn
NickLlewellynisaveryfinecartoonistindeed.Wethinkso,atleast.Unfortunately, hemightnotexist.Wecouldnttrackhimdownsoherewearemakingupa bioforhim.Wecouldsayanythingreally,couldntwe?NickLlewellynwasbornin Hullin1982,aferalchildraisedsurprisinglybyapackofHumbersidewolves etc.,etc.Wesaluteyou,NickLlewellyn,youspecialmanofmystery.

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Julian Hanshaw
Afterwinningthegraphicshortstoryprizein2008,JulianHanshawpublishedhis firstgraphicnovel, The Art of Pho (2010),withJonathanCape.InMarch2012his secondbook,acollectionofinterweavingshortstoriesentitledIm Never Coming BackwillalsobepublishedbyCape.Julianlivesonthesouthcoastwithhiswife.

www.julianhanshaw.co.uk

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Catherine Brighton
CatherineBrightonhaswrittenandillustratedmanypicturebooksforchildren. SheiscurrentlyworkingonagraphicnovelsetinDayton,Ohio,in1903,tobe publishedbyRoaringBrookPress.

www.catherinebrighton.com

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Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins is an illustrator and cartoonist who has been freelance since 2003.Helivesinahalf-decoratedhouseinHertfordwithhiswifeandnopets.His cartoonsappearweeklyinthe Guardian Weekendandeverymonthin Prospect magazine.

www.colillo.com

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Ant Blades
AntBladesstartedoffillustratingandanimatingfreelance.Forsevenyearshehad acartoonstripcalledBewleyintheDaily Express.HerecentlyfoundedBirdBox Studio,aimingtocreateshortandfunnyanimatedfilmsandadverts.

http://www.gocomics.com/bewley www.birdboxstudio.com

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Adam Cadwell
AdamCadwellisaManchester-basedcartoonist/illustrator/storyboardartistand thecreatorof Blood Blokes, The King of Thingsand The Everyday.Foragrown manheprobablyhastoomuchLego.

adamcadwell.com

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Birta Thrastardottir
BirtaThrastardottir is an Icelandic animator and illustrator based in Brighton, currentlyworkingonherfirstchildrensbook.Surrealexistentialismandhumour areelementsclosetoherheart,aswellasbreakingupstereotypesandsocial behaviour.ShestudiedAnimationatCentralSaintMartins,London,andhasan MAdegreeinSequentialDesignandIllustrationfromtheUniversityofBrighton.

www.wishlap.com

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A.J. Poyiadgi
A.J.Poyiadgimakesfilmsbydayandcomicsbynight.Helikesthecollaborative natureofoneandthesolitarydemandsoftheother.Hehasproducedworkfor severaladvertisingagenciesandhaswonnumerousfilm-festivalawards. The backgrounds for Teapot Therapy were made using honest-to-goodness EnglishBreakfasttea,brewedforabout68minutes.Anyleftoverteawasused aslate-nightfuel.

teapottherapy.com

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Faye Moorhouse
Based in Sussex, Faye Moorhouse studied on the illustration course at the University for the CreativeArts in Maidstone, Kent, where she gained a First Class Honours in 2011. Faye loves to tell stories through her illustrations; to create atmospheres, landscapes and characters.A lot of her subject matter is oftenalittlestrange;ithasadefinitethreadofdarkhumourrunningthroughit. Shecreatesherownself-published,hand-bound,illustratedbooksandzines.

www.fayemoorhouse.co.uk

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Olu Oke
BornandbredinLondon,Oluwasthequintessentiallatch-keykid.Herartists trainingstartedonvariouswallsinandaroundthehome.Theseskillswerefurther nurtured at Edinburgh College ofArt, where techniques such as printmaking, digitalillustrationandbook-bindingwereaddedtoherpenandinkrepertoire.

Michael OKelly
MichaelOKellyisawriter,film-makerandassistantdirector.Everyawardhehas everwonhasbeenforpiecessetontheupperdecksofbuses,whichisbeginning tomakehimworryabouthisrange.

www.oluoke.com www.emperorsnew.com

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Isabel Greenberg
IsabelGreenbergisaLondon-basedillustratorandcomicsartist.Herworkhas appearedinpublicationsbyNoBrowPressandSolipsistic Pop.
Love in a Very Cold Climateisastoryfromagraphicnovelsheiscurrentlyworking on,calledThe Encyclopaedia of Early Earth.

www.isabelnecessary.com

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