Image’s DIE rolls a win in the British Fantasy Awards

At a ceremony held in hermetically shut and COVID-safe states( over YouTube ), the British Fantasy Society decorated Image Comics series Die in its “Best Comic/ Graphic Novel” category of their British Fantasy Awards on Monday night.

On the Twitters Kieron Gillen said on the winning, “This is an amazing honour. Stephanie and I are absolutely humbled.”

Artist Stephanie Hans repetition this feeling with: “Victory! ”( adding “I am so happy and humbled. This is a great way to start the year.”)

die gillen hansLaunched in December 2018, Die receives a bunch of forty-somethings confront a cruelty formerly loosed in their youthful role-playing eras. It is Stephanie Hans’ first ongoing comic and Kieron Gillen’s umpteenth( but whose counting ?). May’s # 16 open up the final arc.

The tabletop RPG fantasy horror sequence beat out perennial British collection 2000 AD( Rebellion ); the final arc of BPRD: The Devil You Know( Dark Horse ); the introduction issue of brand-new Joe Hill series Basketful of Heads( DC ); superhero cataclysm phenomenon DCeased( also DC ); and day-in-the-life-of-a-climate-scientist graphic story Ozone Diary( Luna Press ).

Die was a recent finalist in the 2020 Hugo Awards but lost out to Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford’s LaGuardia( Berger Books/ Dark Horse ).

Image Comics has enjoyed much success at the British Fantasy Awards, with four makes amounted in the past decade. Previous Idol success ought to have Monstress( Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, 2017 and 2018 ), Bitch Planet( Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, 2016 ), and Saga( Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples, 2013 ).

Last year’s winner was the self-published seventh collected volume in Kate Ashwin’s ongoing Widdershins webcomic succession, “Curtain Call”.

The British Fantasy Awards have been running since 1972, where they formerly viewed the tongue-teasing title of the’ August Derleth Fantasy Award’ and the awards were handed out as moves( how stunning is that ?). The majority of the Allotments plaster prose but movie, tv and audio also get a nod.

Awards are decided by a mix of juries and public referendum. The selecting jury for this year’s comics category was Hannah Barton, Jay Faulkner, Sarah Hale, Christopher Napier, and Jessica Steiner.

Comics have been given gongs periodically throughout the BFA’s history. The’ Best Comic/ Graphic Novel’ list has been continuing since 2009. Prior to that, the last comic winner was 1980 ’s champion: Heavy Metal.

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