Survey of Italian comics retailers reveals a similar Indie/Big Two split

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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: […]

Four French women cartoonists turn down knighthoods to protest poor treatment

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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 […]

Angoulême controversy just won’t stop, as the jury issues an apology and Franck Bondoux continues to be un douchebag gigantesque

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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 […]

Angoulême Festival manages to get even worse by humiliating cartoonists with “Faux Fauves”

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Angoulême has really jumped the shark this year. Not content with showing a medieval level knowledge of art and comics history by claiming that there were no significant women in the history of comics, the Festival has outraged everyone with what, from Google translate and the flood of legit outrage on my social media, was […]

MCM conventions expanding in Europe

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Speaking of conventions and their spread, the MCM Comic Con brand is expanding to Germany and Belgium. Currently MCM holds shows in London, Telford, Birmingham Manchester, Belfast, DublinGlasgow, Stockholm and Malmo, so they already have quite a global reach. The MCM Expo Group will stage MCM Hannover Comic Con on June 4-5 at Hannover Messe […]

So now Claire Wendling doesn’t want the Angoulëme Grand Prix either

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So after a few solid weeks of controversy and outcry, the finalists for this year’s FIBD Grand Prix were announced: Alan Moore, Hermann Huppen and Claire Wendling. If case you missed all the fun, here’s a rough timeline: • The Grand Prix is awarded each year at the close of the Festival international de la […]

NBM celebrates 40 years with a new logo, new brand and new website

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When you look at the list of comics publishers who have stayed the course throughout decades of tumultuous changes in distribution and audience, one most usually thinks of Archie, Marvel and DC. Only a bare handful of publishers have even lasted even from the 80s, including Dark Horse and Fantagraphics. But there’s one company that’s […]

Alors! Florence Cestac says Franck Bondoux is “un crétin total.”

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Whooooo-ah! This whole Angoulême-gate thing got out of hand FAST. In just 24 hours it went from an angry petition to the world’s best cartoonists rejecting their nominations to front page news to the festival sulkily added Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds to their list, even though no one would vote for them, and a whirlwind of hot takes.