Shortlist announced for inaugural 9th Art Award

Graphic Scotland are pleased to announce the shortlist for the first 9th Art Award.

We received a grand total of 50 entries, with some amazing and original novels amongst them, and after careful deliberation from our judges (Paul Gravett, Hannah McGill, Adrian Searle, and Mary Talbot), we are now delighted to reveal the titles that made the cut.

The shortlist

In alphabetical order, the shortlisted entries are:


Building Stories – Chris Ware
Published by Jonathan Cape

Building Stories is an interactive, fantastic piece of do-it-yourself architecture in graphic novel form. Following the lives of the inhabitants of a Chicago flat, Ware has created an ambitious work that thoroughly implements the reader and has astounded many.



bagnold2Days of the Bagnold Summer – Joff Winterhart
Published by Jonathan Cape

Costa nominated and incredibly touching, “Days of the Bagnold Summer” is the tender and resonant tale of mother and son, Sue and Daniel Bagnold. It follows the librarian and heavy metal lover, via simple black and white art, through a hilarious summer of discontent.

beard2The Gigantic Beard that was Evil – Stephen Collins
Published by Jonathan Cape

An off-beat, darkly funny and rather fantastical tale has been crafted by Collins. The town of Here is nice, orderly, tidy and, most importantly of all, beardless. This all changes, however, when Dave finds himself taken over by a hairy horror. The art is beautiful, the writing rhythmic and fun.


monsters2Naming Monsters – Hannah Eaton
Published by Myriad Editions

A beautiful, modern and haunting folk tale. Fran, a seventeen year old, has many problems to deal with. Whilst battling the recent death of her mother, school pressures and feelings of displacement Fran must also handle being plagued by monsters. The dialogue is expertly crafted, making this work an atmospheric, creepy and poignant piece.


naobrown2The Nao of Brown – Glyn Dillon
Published by SelfMadeHero

Nao Brown has OCD, but not in the way you’d expect. As a sufferer of violent, morbid obsessions Nao must face the general trials and tribulations of everyday life whilst navigating around her own mental health. The sumptuous art includes pen work and water colour. This title also won the Prix Spécial du Jury at this year’s 40th Angoulême International Festival Of Bande Dessinée.


“The shortlist for the first 9th Art Award shows the strength and diversity of graphic literature. A list made up of five books that will each go on to become classics in their own right; any one would be a worthy winner of the prize.”
Gordon Robertson, 9th Art Director

And the winner is…

The big reveal will take place at the 9th Art Award ceremony, held this Sunday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and hosted by Billy Kirkwood. Our panel of judges will lead a discussion on why graphic literature is a unique and important art form, as well as talking about the merits of our nominees, before the prize is awarded to the best graphic novel of 2013.

See you there!