It’s official: I won the 2014 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition. I think I’ve finally calmed down five days later haha, so I can finally talk about it sanely. No, wait, nevermind— THIS IS SO EXCITING YOU GUYS!
To explain a little, back in March I entered a 15 page extract for my graphic novel “For the Love of God, Marie” to the competition and last Friday the British Library hosted the winning announcement. I had to read out a few pages in front of a pretty big audience, which was awkward as hell, but once I’d made a few jokes about how contradictory catholicism is I was confident enough to read the pages. Why was I joking about catholicism you ask? Because that’s partially what the comic is about!
"Marie is a girl with the gift of understanding, who is often misunderstood. Stuck in a conservative Catholic sixth form with conforming students and judgemental teachers and family, she tries to understand and love those few special people who need her help to be themselves."
There were five other shortlisted entries by Francesca Cassavetti, Henny Beaumont, Wallis Eates, Jessica Martin and Robert Wells, who are all incredibly talented so it truly blew me away to have won. I feel very proud to be joining Gareth Brookes (The Black Project) as a winner of the competition and I am crazy looking forward to making the rest of the book. Apparently I looked very shocked when he read out my name on stage, but I was seriously not expecting it! So many people have said such kind things about the extract and congratulated me on the win, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all so very much!
Andy Oliver did a far more comprehensive write up of the night here so be sure to give that a look. I’ll leave you guys with Corinne Pearlman’s (Myriad Creative Director) thoughts on the extract and hope that you are all as excited to see the rest as I am to crack on with making it!
“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!”