You all loved it when I tweeted stats, and now you can watch the ENTIRE panel section of last week’s French Comics Conference, held at the French Embassy and organized by Bureau International de l’Édition Française, or BIEF, along with Ivanka Hahnenberger. There’s a brief write-up on the event at the French Culture website. The panels consisted of dual reports on the US and French comcis markets with tons of exclusive statistics with Sophie Castille (Mediatoon) and Étienne Bonnin (Glénat) delivering numbers on France and Paul Levitz (former DC Comics publisher) and Karen Green (Columbia university’s graphic novel librarian), a roundtable on French comics in the US with PW’s Calvin Reid, Mark Siegel (First Second), Adam Lerner (Lerner Publishing Group/Graphics Universe) and Terry Nantier (NBM Publishing), retailer Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya Bookshops) and Consortium Distribution president Julie Schapner; and a report on Digital comics in France with David Steinberger (ComiXology), Claude de Saint-Vincent (Média Participations, Izneo).
This was a very high level event with great information so if you have any interest in world comics culture please check this out. If you can’t see the above video the direct ink is here.
For French speakers with a password, here’s Livres Hebdo’s write up on the event.
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.