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‘Perhaps it’s a confessional...’Meet our 2018 graphic short story prize winner

Par Rachel Cooke - 3 mn

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Edith Pritchett has vowed to spend part of her £1,000 prize on ‘fancy peanut butter’. Portrait by Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer

Edith Pritchett’s An Artistic Odyssey, a waspishly amusing and artfully rendered tale of modern mores and flawed feminism, claimed top honours at our annual award for emerging cartoonists,

My experience of judging prizes is that the panel’s decision is rarely unanimous, whatever smooth things people like to tell the world later. But after the judges of this year’s Observer/Cape graphic short story prize had read carefully through the entries, we were all agreed that one had stood out right from the very start: An Artistic Odyssey by Edith Pritchett.

Not only did it look great , it also had a beginning, a middle and an end – a harder trick to pull off than you may think over the course of only four pages. Best of all, it was funny. Posy Simmonds thought it was really funny, and she’s one of the most wickedly hilarious people it’s possible to imag...