16/08/2022 Raymond Briggs - 18 January 1934 – 9 August 2022
an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author. He is best known in Britain for his 1978 story The Snowman, a book without words the animated version of which a musical adaptation is televised each Christmas.
At what must have been early in his career Raymond Briggs turned up at a meeting of the Society of Strip Illustration in Chelsea. Just the once. Possibly because our interests – page rates, return of artwork, reprint payments – were not the concerns of an individual with his own ideas of how things could and would be done.
Initially illustrating childrens book for a variety of publisher he went on to write and draw his own stories. These appealed to both children and adults and won popular and critical acclaim.
While presenting himself as an individual with no great affection for children, or indeed adults. he was one of the rare artists known and loved by the British public
2012, he was the first person to be inducted into the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
There were also awards for particular works.
- 1966 Kate Greenaway Medal, for The Mother Goose Treasury
- 1973 Kate Greenaway Medal, for Father Christmas
- 1977 Francis Williams Award for Illustration (Victoria and Albert Museum), for Father Christmas
- 1979 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (US), for The Snowman
- 1979 Silver Pen Award (Netherlands)
- 1982 Children's Rights Workshop Other Award
- 1982 Francis Williams Award for Illustration, for The Snowman
- 1992 Kurt Maschler Award, for The Man
- 1992 Children's Author of the Year, British Book Awards
- 1998 Illustrated Book of the Year, British Book Awards, for Ethel & Ernest
- 2012 British Comic Awards Hall of Fame
- 2014 Phoenix Picture Book Award for The Bear
- Fee Fi Fo Fum (1964) and The Snowman (1978) were Commended and Highly Commended runners-up for the Greenaway Medal.
- 2001 Ug was silver runner-up for the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize.
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