So now Claire Wendling doesn’t want the Angoulëme Grand Prix either

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So after a few solid weeks of controversy and outcry, the finalists for this year’s FIBD Grand Prix were announced: Alan Moore, Hermann Huppen and Claire Wendling. If case you missed all the fun, here’s a rough timeline: • The Grand Prix is awarded each year at the close of the Festival international de la […]

The 2016 McDuffie Awards get flooded with submissions

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One of the most rewarding things I did all last year was participate as a judge for the first ever McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics; not only was I exposed to a lot of great comics material I had never seen before, but I worked with a fine panel of judges and it was a genuine joy to get more attention for the eventual winner–Nilah McGruder’s MFK.

Happily, I’ll be part of the final selection committee for this year’s awards, with the winner to be announced at the Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 20, in room S5 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

YALSA reading list spotlights comics for reluctant readers

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has released one of their annual reading lists, 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, which represents: The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the […]

ALA: ‘Rollergirl’ is a Newbery honor book, three other graphic novels honored

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  Victoria Jamieson’s Rollergirl, a graphic novel about a girls dream of becoming a roller girl star, was named a Newbury honor book, this morning, one of several honors awarded to graphic novels. The awards were announced in Boston and you can see the complete list here. The selection is the second year in a […]

After briefly adding six women, Angoulême fest throws open Grand Prix voting

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I’d been waiting to write this up as things have been changing so fast but after a very brief period this morning where the list of Grand Prix nominees was posted with the 30 already picked and the addition of six women, the voting has now been thrown open. Here’s the ugly Google translate: Crossing […]

Cybils Awards announce 2015 graphic novel finalists

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The Cybils, a literary award presented by children’s and young adult book cloggers have announced their 2015 finalists, and the graphic novel picks. And they are: Baba Yaga’s Assistant Courtney Crumrin Volume 7: Tales of a Warlock (Courtney Crumrin Spec Ed Hc) Dragons Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) Roller Girl Secret Coders Sunny Side Up […]

Alors! Florence Cestac says Franck Bondoux is “un crétin total.”

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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.

Sattouf, Clowes, Burns, Davodeau and Sfar and even MIlo Manara withdraw from Grand Prix in suport of boycott

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As reported yesterday, there has been international consternation over the 016 list of nominees for the Grand Prix, the lifetime achievement awards for cartoonists presented each year at the FIBD in Angoulême. While it broadened its scope from past years in including more non-French artists—including more manga-ka—it was 30 men, and that has led to […]

Call for boycott of Angoulême’s Grand Prix nominees after list includes only men

The long list for the 2016 Grand Prix at Angoulême was announced today—this is a kind of lifetime achivemenet award, and arguably the greatest honor a cartoonist can receive. It’s also been the center of much controversy in recent years over the jury’s tendency to select only winners from the inner circle of the Franco-Belgium comics world. […]