I missed this earlier, but over the weekend, the Observer newspaper in the UK announced the winner and runner-up in the 2012 Graphic Short Story Prize it runs with publisher Jonathan Cape and the London International Comics Festival (which happens this upcoming weekend). The winner was But I Can’t by Corban Wilkins – You can read it here – about UFOs and friendship, and it’s beautiful work; talking about the win, Wilkins said “To be honest, this has come at the right time. I’m broke. Unfortunately, it may have to go on rent,” but added that his next project will be completing his graphic novel Breaker’s End and trying to find a publisher for it. Hopefully, publishers will search him out after this win; it’s a great debut.
(I really enjoyed the runner-up, I, Yeti by Steven Tillotson, too; you can read that here.)
To celebrate the sixth year of the prize – Admit it, you didn’t even know it existed – the Observer and Jonathan Cape have made Shorties, Bryan Talbot’s 125 page anthology of his favorite entries to date – available online in its entirety. Here’s an embedded version for your reading pleasure:
Graphic Short Story prize