Being at the comics festival in AngoulÃªme, France, means visiting a great number of exhibitions, as this is one if the major means of communicating with the audience here. The last four days I have tried to visit as many …
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This year’s AngoulÃªme 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.
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 AngoulÃªme will surely be remembered by many as the one with l’Asso on strike.
This roundtable was inspired by Matt Thornâs essay “On Translation.” Anjali Singh (translator of Marjane Satrapiâs Persepolis 2), Helge Dascher (translator of Michel Rabagliatiâs Paul books), Camellia Nieh (translator of Osamu Tezukaâs Ode to Kirihito) and Kim Thompson (my boss, who is currently translating Jacques Tardi books) graciously agreed to take part in this discussion; it turns out they were just as curious as I was to learn about what strategies their peers employ to tackle questions of faithfulness to the text, the challenges specific to working with the medium of comics, censorship, authorial and editorial give-and-take, etc. The following conversation, conducted April 18, 2010, goes a long way to explaining the brass tacks of something that, when done well, is fairly transparent to the reader. â Kristy Valenti
Participants: Anjali Singh, Kim Thompson, Camellia Nieh and Helge Dascher; Moderator: Kristy Valenti; Transcription: (The Amazing) Jenna Allen