Angoulême – Platinum Meet

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Every year on Friday at the festival in Angoulême, comics historians from all over the world meet up to discuss, show off what they have accomplished since last year and just hang out and exchange ideas.

I’ve been going to these meetings for almost ten years now and have made friends from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the U.S., Great Britain and so on.

This year was a bit more organized, with a professional lecture hall booked for lectures all afternoon. This turned out to be very interesting (OK, so I’ll admit that interesting is a subjective term, as most of the things talked about concerned comics history…). Several historians could show new finds of original material which will, if not rewrite history, then at least make it necessary to add to the existing interpretations of comics history.

I also gave a talk, presenting the history of comics study in academia in the Scandinavian countries, and announcing the imminent release of the new Scandinavian Journal of Comics Art, of which I will write more in a while.

Key note speaker was Paul Karasik, who talked about comics adaptations in general and his adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass in particular.

A good day so far, apart from me losing a longer blog text which was supposed to be published earlier today… I’ll see if I can get the time and energy to recreate it later. Right now I’m off for cocktails at the Flemish booth and then dinner with one of my publishers. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it!

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