Alexandro Jodorowsky is one of comics’ original crossover artists. An internationally acclaimed experimental filmmaker and novelist, he’s used comics as his chosen medium for some of his most powerful stories, including The Incal, The Metabarons, The Technopriests, and Megalex. Illustrated by artistic greats including Moebius and Juan Gimenez, his body of work contains is some of the […]
We’ve been telling you about the legal woes of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko for a while now. She was convicted of obscenity for selling prints of a 3D scan of her intimate area but had not been sentenced. Now, just a few days before her appearance at TCAF, she’s been fined ¥400,000 by a Tokyo Court, about US$3717.
In a world where cartoonists and other artists are often on the front line of social change, they unfortunately also sometimes pay a price with harassment, jail time or worse. Even so, the case of Iranian artist Atena Farghadani is still one of the most outrageous. Last year she was sentenced to 12 years in […]
L’Affaire de Angoulême continues and will not stop. As we reported yesterday, 40 French publishers — basically all the important players in France— have said they will boycott the 2017 festival if changes are not made. According to an interview in Le Monde, Guy Delcourt, owner of Delcourt, one of the biggest French publishers and head […]
The Angoulême Comics Festival is supposed to be the crowning event of the comics world, a festival that celebrates the art of the medium in an informed and respectful way, a reputation it has enjoyed for the more than 40 years of its existence. In 2016, the festival pretty much shredded that reputation with a […]
Federico Salvan of the Italian comics news site Manga Forever dropped me a line to alert me to a retailer survey on the state of Italian comics . It’s in Italian, of course, but they surveyed 31 local comics shops out of about 380 180 in Italy, so it’s a somewhat statistically significant survey. UPDATE: […]
by Xavier Lancel [Editor’s note: our French correspondent Xavier Lancel turned in a more knowledgeable view of the ongoing controversy surrounding Angouleme, but the minute he turned it in, a NEW phase of the controversy arose: four female cartoonists turning down their selection as Knights of Letters. Male winner Riad Sattouf has accepted his but […]
The controversy over the “faux Fauves” at Saturday’s awards ceremony at the Angoulême comics festival just won’t die down, and festival director Frank Bondous has been revealed as even more of a Sepp Blatter-like asshole enormé – AS IF THAT WERE EVEN POSSIBLE. And yet it is. As you may recall. on Saturday night, the […]