The biggest comics-focused event in the world is underway drawing hundreds of thousands of people to look at comics and cartoonists with no movie stars to distract them, Despite this, only one English language reporter seems to be filing from the show, Comics Reporter’s Bart Beatty who has his first two reports here and here. The first link is expecially valuable as an overview of this years shows and the politics surrounding it—basic storyline that is isn’t quite as exciting as when Art Spiegelman was the President last year, but Brecht Evens’ Flemish cartoonists art exhibit seems to be the focus of some some attention. Unsurprising as Evens is one of the most vibrant cartoonists on the international scenes.
Elsewhere, this story en Français indicates that cartoonist Pénélope Bagieu(above) has won some sort of prize, perhaps some kind of “Knight of Arts and Letters” thing. Bagieu is quite well-known in France for her blog, which translates as “My life is quite fascinating”, and her character Josephine
Otherwise, a search for Angoulême on Twitter reveals only jealousy-evoking photos and a smattering of results not in French. I guess US cartoonists just don’t have enough money to pay for international roaming and/or drank too much fine wine last night.
Here’s one tweet photo: Matt Madden showing off audience cartoons at an exhibit. IDW’s e-i-c Chris Ryall has also been tweeting.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.