Two English language comics – the latest in the Megg, Mogg and Owl series by Simon Hanselmann , and Beverly by highly regarded newcomer Nick Drnaso– won prizes at the Fauve Award,s given out Saturday night at FIBD in Angoulême. JEremie Moreau’s historial “The Saga of Grimr” took the coveted Best Album prize.
The ceremony was uninterrupted by controversy and saw moving speeches by many winners and presenters, including Naoki Urawasa who was given a special prize and spoke movingly of following in the footsteps of his idol, Tezuka.
Here are ALL the winners, with Google translation of the loglines (sorry.) The title and prize translations are my own rough approximations.
FAUVE D’OR – PRIX DU MEILLEUR ALBUM – Best Album
Le Saga de Grimr (The Grimr Saga) by Jérémie Moreau, Delcourt Editions:
In the XVIII th century in Iceland exploited by Denmark and facing the misery caused by a succession of natural disasters, a young orphan, Grim, must prove its value. Theauthor of the Hartlepool Monkey and author of Max Winson , Jérémie Moreau was awarded the Young Talent Prize at the Festival in 2012. He signed an epic tale withThe Saga of Grimr , in line with the great Icelandic sagas.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – PUBLIC PRIZE CULTURA (Public Prize)
Dans la Combi de Thomas Pesquet (In Thomas Pesquet ‘s Spaceship) by Marion Montaigne, Dargaud:
Marion Montaigne became known almost 10 years ago through the blog You will die less stupid … but you will die anyway! , declined in books and adapted in animated series on Arte. With the same devastating humor and pleasure to explain, this report traces the trajectory of Thomas Pesquet, the famous French astronaut recently sent to the International Space Station.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Les Amours Suspendues (Suspended Love) by Marion Fayolle, éditions Magnani :
Delicate and sober, Marion Fayolle’s style impresses with the poetry of his silent phrasing and the surrealist eloquence of his mimeful metaphors. For the first time, the author introduces dialogues into her boards, as if to better dance the bodies and sing the puppets of this musical in a sentimental and amorous whirlwind.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – BEST SERIES
Happy Fucking Birthday – Megg, Mogg & Owl by Simon Hanselmann, Misma editions:
Hard to imagine characters more crazy than those of Simon Hanselmann! The classic structure of the boards and the drawing of a great simplicity do not hide the “trash” dimension of this series inspired by a difficult childhood, which allows the author to overcome personal traumas while causing the sweet-bitter laughter of reader.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – BEST NEWCOMER AWARD
Beverly by Nick Drnaso, Presque Lune editions:
Voted best book of the year 2017 by the Los Angeles Times , Beverly paints a lucid portrait of an America today, that of the white middle class in the grip of disenchantment and emptiness. With his sleek graphics and neat storytelling, Nick Drnaso talks about Chris Ware or Daniel Clowes.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – YOUTH PRIZE
La guerre de Catherine (Catherine’s War) by Julia Billet and Claire Fauvel, éditions Rue de Sèvres :
One day, Rachel Cohen became Catherine Colin. It was in 1941, when the French authorities organized raids of Jewish children. Forced to flee into a free zone to save her life, she decides to photograph what she sees and those she meets to testify and resist. A story full of hope, adapted from Julia Billet’s novel.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – BEST REPRINT
Je suis Shingo Volume I (I am Shingo) by Kazuo Umezu, éditions Le Lézard Noir
Translated for the first time in France, this manga monument was published in 1982 in Japan, at the dawn of computer science. I am Shingo tells the story of two children who fall in love by befriending a factory robot they animate their feelings. Humanistic advocacy against the cruelty of the adult world.
FAUVE POLAR SNCF – SNCF PRIZE FOR BEST THRILLLER
Jean Doux et le Mystère de la disquette molle (Jean Doux and the Mystery of the floppy disk ) by Philippe Valette, éditions Delcourt
Model and commonplace employee of a society of paper mills, Jean Doux discovers, in the false ceiling of a storeroom, a briefcase containing a soft floppy disk … With its parodic humor, its offbeat tone and its characters deliberately tacky, this investigation leads the reader in the heart of the derisory and pitiless world of contemporary business.
FAUVE D’ANGOULÊME – Best Alternative Comic
Bien, Monsiur (Well sir.) # 8, collective:
Well sir. is a comics magazine created in 2015 by Elsa Abderhamani and Juliette Mancini. The aim of the magazine is to tell our society without reverence, whether by denouncing a current event or political conduct, or by autobiographical narration.
To the contents of Bien Monsieur. # 8 : feminism (Jochen Gerner, Charlotte Melly, Lison Ferné), society (Lucas Ferrero, Pierre Mortel, Oriane Lassus), politics (Juliette Mancini, Elsa Abderhamani and Frédéric Mancini) and environment (Timothée Gouraud).
AWARDS OF DISCOVERY (Student prizes given to local cartoon students)
Bulshido T.1 by Gobei & Thierry Gloris, Dupuis editions
The Black T.1 College of Ulysse Malassagne, Grafiteen Editions
Bastard of Max de Radiguès, Casterman editions
COMPETITION OF SCHOOL BD
ANGOULME PRIZE OF SCHOOL BD
Muflon of Pablo Reason
HOPE PRIZE OF SCHOOL BD
The infernal loop of Nathan Le Marec
SCHOOL BD SCENARIO AWARD
Xavier de Sami Jemli
GRAPHIC PRIZE OF THE SCHOOL BD
Georgio , by Chloe Bertschy
YOUNG TALENTS AWARD
First Winner: Louisa Vahdat
Second Winner: Lisa Herberer
Third Winner: Thibault Gallet
YOUTH REGIONAL TALENT AWARDS
First Winner: Sophie Taboni and Nicolas Catherin with Ici tout va bien
Second Winner: Dog-Fan-Liu with Diving
Third Winner: Philippe Rolland with Electrozz – The Electric Mouse
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.