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of Angoulême is grudgingly going to add more names to it’s Grand Prix list after a growing number of cartoonists have withdrawn in protest over the lack of a single woman.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 […]
§ Norm Breyfogle suffered a stroke on December 17th, but he’s making great progress, as shown in this video; his fundraiser to help with his rehab is still underway and NOW he’s the poster child for medical bill crowdfunding, with this profile in the New York Times. It’s great to see Norm recovering and we […]
It will be a very difficult Angouleme comics festival they year, as the French comics world—and the entire world—deals with the senseless death of five cartoonists. I’m told the festival is planning a memorial and also seeking contributions via their Facebook page. While they are asking for “Je suis Charlie” contributions, I’m sure the cartoonists of the world can […]
by Abby Denson, with Jessica Abel and Xavier Lancel So you’re going to Angoulême? Lucky you! I’ve exhibited with Xavier Lancel for the past several years and thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat while at the festival. Even better, Angoulême resident Jessica Abel kindly agreed to vet my suggestions and add […]
At long last, I’m going to the Angoulême Comics Festival! Or to give it its proper name, the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA BANDE DESSINÉE. The Angoulême Festival is the largest non-manga comics gathering in the world, as some 200,000 comics lovers flood the medieval town to look at displays, listen to concerts, get books signed, […]