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Award success for Refugee Week comic

6 January 2015

Our comic with graphic novelist Karrie Fransman has won a Broken Frontier award, in a year when nominations received a record-breaking number of votes.

The comic, Over Under Sideways Down, won the ‘Best One-Shot’ category in the annual awards, which celebrate independent comics. The Broken Frontier news site is popular with both comic fans and those in the industry.  

Broken Frontier managing editor and reviewer, Andy Oliver, said: “Over Under Sideways Down brings together a remarkable and courageous story with stunning comic craftsmanship.”

An incredible journey

The comic tells the story of a young refugee called Ebrahim. He was just 15 years old when he fled Iran, fearing for his life – and completely alone.

He spoke to Karrie Fransman about his journey to the UK, which she captured in Over Under Sideways Down. Some incredible moments include winning a university place and starring in the award-winning film, Leave to Remain.

The comic launched during last year’s Refugee Week, which celebrates the positive contribution that refugees make to our society.

Thanks to you

The Broken Frontier judging panel considered public votes when selecting their winners, so the British Red Cross would like to thank everyone who voted for us.

The award will help the comic reach a wider audience – and keep promoting a greater understanding of why people seek sanctuary in the UK.

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