It seems that the Festival of Comics of Angoulême is grudgingly going to add more names to it’s Grand Prix list after a growing number of cartoonists have withdrawn in protest over the lack of a single woman. The statement comes across, in Google translate anyway, as an incredibly snarky and sulky whine about how they can’t “rewrite the history of comics,” a history written by men for men. A history which was probably informed by this very attitude of exclusionary tut tutting. But it seems people are now concerned about equality and representation and all that so whatevs. Well, props to you big fella!
The outcry comes as more and more male cartoonists were withdrawing, including Chris Ware who released this statement via Pantheon:
“While I am flattered to be nominated for the Angouleme Grand Prix, I support the reasons for Mr. Sattouf’s boycott and withdraw my name from consideration, as well.”—Chris Ware
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