Posts Tagged ‘Angoulême’

Angoulême 2011: Photos

Posted by on February 7th, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Association co-founder Mattt Konture
Check in for the official Comics Journal/Metabunker photo reportage from this year’s Angoulême festival.

Angoulême 2011: Aftermath

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 AM


This year’s Angoulême festival was a solid if somewhat unremarkable one, plagued more than usual by the cultural myopia that has always characterized it to an extent. Its organizers described it as a success, but below the surface, it turns out, lurk conflicts of financing and responsibility.

a roundup of links to tcj.com Angoulême coverage

Posted by on February 1st, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Write-ups and Announcements:

Matthias Wivel

Angoulême, Friday

Angoulême, Saturday

Art Speigelman wins Grand Prix

International Blogs

Fredrik Stromberg

Stromberg arrives.

The L’Asso Strike.

On the Platinum Meet.

On comics in the cathedral.

On signings.

On cultural acceptance.

Bart Croonenborghs

A Quick Guide to Belgium at Angoulême

Art Spiegelman Grand Prix

Posted by on January 30th, 2011 at 2:25 PM


It has just been announced that Art Spiegelman is the recipient of this year’s Grand Prix at the Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême. Selected by the festival’s academy, which is composed of former recipients, he joins Will Eisner and R. Crumb as the third American (and fifth non-francophone) to be bestowed this, the highest European honor that can be accorded a comics artist. Spiegelman has long been an obvious choice, but it has still taken the notoriously francocentric academy long to recognize him. The author of the seminal graphic novel Maus, surely as influential in Europe as in America, will act as next year’s president.

Angoulême: Saturday

Posted by on January 30th, 2011 at 12:07 PM


As usual Saturday brought the crowds to Angoulême. It is difficult to get around, but it brings to the festival a heady atmosphere of art and commerce. Even the Association staff decided today partly to suspend their ongoing strike in order to support their artists who had turned up to sign their books. Killoffer, Gerner, Baudoin, Sury, Ruppert & Mulot, and several more were drawing up a storm for the throngs passing through the doors to the Nouveau monde. There is talk of upcoming negotiations between direction and staff, but for the moment the situation remains strained.

Angoulême: Friday

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 11:31 AM

As mentioned in several places already, the big story here is the ongoing strike at L’Association (I’ve been writing about it here and here). Their booth, which is placed at the head of the big so-called Noveau monde tent (which houses all the small press publishers, fanzine emporia, etc) has a massive sign up saying “Employees on Strike,” with pamphlets out explaining the situation, and no books for sale. One speculates whether, as bad as this surely is for the publisher (in terms of sales in addition to everything else), it might also be something of a perverse, unintended PR scoop. At any rate, this particular Angoulême will surely be remembered by many as the one with l’Asso on strike.

Angoulême 2011

Posted by on January 26th, 2011 at 4:05 AM

It’s that time of the year… Yours truly is packing his bags and checking his computers, cameras, iPhones and all that gadgetry needed to be able to report back to you about all that is happening in the epicentre of …

Your correspondent from Finland

Posted by on November 19th, 2010 at 3:55 AM

Joy spread fast through the finnish comics circles two days ago when the Angouleme shortlist was announced. No less then 2 finnish books were included in the final selection: Aapo Rapi’s Meti and Ville Ranta’s “L’exilé du Kalevala”…

Angoulême 2010: Photos

Posted by on February 4th, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Check in for the official Comics Journal/Metabunker photo reportage from this year’s Angoulême festival. Oh, and peep the Ruppert/Mulot Cent pour Cent show.…

Angoulême 2010: Aftermath

Posted by on February 1st, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Right. Sunday at the Angoulême festival is always a bit of a wash when one lives abroad and hasn’t booked another night in France, but now it’s Monday and here are some thoughts on the festival as a whole.

The …

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