A lot has been written recently on the future of 2010’s Angoulême comics fest — unfortunately, most of it was written in French, so The Beat doesn’t know exactly what was said. The Forbidden Planet blog uses superior language skills to interpret reports as saying that next year’s show is indeed endangered, due to costs and who will pay for tents:
According to reports by the French Sud-Ouest newspaper and the RTL news, the 2010 edition of the world-renowned comics festival of Angoulême (scheduled for January 28th to 31st) may not take place after all. The news has been confirmed to comics blog BoDoï’s Benjamin Roure by the festival’s organisers.
The problem seems to be the construction (and subsequent dismantling) of the enormous tents all around the city. These traditionally house the many booths and stands for comics publishers and dealers, and often provide a unique opportunity for the larger public to meet the creators they admire. And since the tents are put up across the city, they also often make sure that the less commercial aspects of the festival, the numerous exhibitions, screenings and interviews, attract more attention and are visited by more people.
As we read it, the city feels that it should not foot the bill for what is a commercial enterprise. Bart Beaty has also been commenting on this over at The Comics Reporter, with a bit more informed interpretation, with the idea that this is not such a big deal, and, seemingly, more of a power play by mayor Philippe Lavaud.
Does anyone know what is REALLY going on?