Scotland and comic books go way back (as far back as the 19th century, actually). Depending who you ask, we’ve been producing comics longer than anyone else in the world.

From DC Thomson to Electric Soup, Scotland’s relationship with comics has always been wonderful, innovative and, sometimes, slightly bizarre. That rings just as true now – except more creators are doing it on their own than ever before.

Back in 2011, the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance was born. Founded by Sha Nazir in response to the ever-growing list of local creators, the inaugural SICBA Awards took place after the first ever Glasgow Comic Con.

It’s been happening every year ever since.

 Aims and objectives of SICBA

  • Present a cohesive and unified voice while representing the needs of creators, self publishers, distributors and retailers

  • Promote the medium of comic books as a whole to the general public via learning events, media, exhibitions and initiatives

  • Support new and existing indie publishers and creators to grow and network

  • Expand and enhance the S.I.C.B.A Comic Book Awards in order to promote creators and independently published work