FIBD #45 is just a memory now but it seems to be a pleasant one for most people who attended. The hanging out and eating wonderful three hour dinners was just fine, as usual, but the show had none of the mortifying faux pas of the past few years and serious things were taken seriously. […]
Bonjour from Angoulême. A few naps and some bad wifi since last we spoke but things are humming here. As at most cons, Saturday is the “big day” and most people are escaping huge crowds with meetings, lunch or staying in bed. Thursday, after the FCA breakfast and podcasting I inspected the “Nouvelle Monde” […]
We continue our week of European comic goodness with more from Statix Press: Titan Comic’s new imprint that’s working to translate the best strips from across the pond to make them available to the US and UK markets. Today we’ve got a really interesting piece of work for your perusal: Atlas & Axis. The story […]
Today we shine our Statix spotlight on Alisik: a ghostly series about life after death.
The Fauves, the official awards of the Angoulême Comics Festival were handed out over the weekend and there was no mockery or satire, only awards for comics. Thanksthe lord for small favors. The complete list can be found at ToutenBD, but I’ve adapted their list with English translations where possible or appropriate. Philippe de Pierpont […]
The annual Angouleme comics festival is taking place RIGHT NOW, and sadly for comics news website traffic, unlike last year’s disaster, things are progressing in an orderly and well-mannered fashion. And we have a new Grand Prix winner, Cosey, the pen name of Bernard Cosandey. Cosey beat out two other finalists, Chris Ware and Manu Larcenet. […]
Halfway into a pleasant Oakland morning I met up up with Jason Shiga in his family home. At a nearby cafe, we talked about his recently completed comic Demon, his approaching yearlong residency in Angoulême, France, and a variety of other topics over breakfast. Comics Beat: Right now, when people think of Jason Shiga they […]
§ Nice art: Mary Blair — I was looking up something for an email question and found this scan of Mary Blair’s Cinderella picture book. Blair, a scene painter, ride designer, illustrator, is perhaps the ultimate nice art. § Headline of the day: Holy crap you guys! There’s a Well-known cartoonist in town! The cartoonist is Lynn Johnston, […]
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.
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 […]