Dundee Comics Prize 2011

The Tartan Bucket Prize Winners

In 2011 the University of Dundee announced The Tartan Bucket Prize, a partnership between the School of Humanities and DC Thomson, the Dundee-based publisher of comics such as The Dandy and The Beano, and beloved characters such as The Broons and Oor Wullie. The aim of the prize was to encourage the creation of a humorous story in the DC Thomson style, and to provide a forum for the emerging comics creators.

The winners were announced at the 2011 Dundee Comics Day and were:

  • Steve English, who created a two page story called “Belle’s Magic Mobile” about a girl and her remarkable mobile phone, was the overall winner.
    Extract from Belle's Magic Mobile

    He was awarded £1,000 prize money, a certificate, publication of his story in The Beano, and an actual tartan bucket full of DC Thomson merchandise.

  • The joint runners up were Adam Smith with “Holly Unlikely”:

    An extract from Holly Unlikely

    Stephen Baskerville’s “The Ape Prentice”:An extract from The Ape Prentice

    Jamie Huxtable’s “Elly’s Evil Teddy”:
    An extract from Ellie's Evil Teddy

    Paul Rainey’s “Jack the Robot”:

    An extract from Jack the Robot

    These runners-up received £250, a certificate and publication of their strips.

  • Primary school student Craig Balmer created “Cookies” and was awarded with a special mention, a certificate, some DC Thomson merchandise and books.

At the announcement of the winners at the 2011 Dundee Comics Day, organiser Chris Murray praised the high standard of the work produced, and thanked DC Thomson and the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, for their support of the prize.