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.
— Le Fauve d'Angoulême (@actudufauve) January 26, 2017
Cosey, 66, is perhaps the least known of this year’s finalists in the US. He’s also the only one who has drawn an accl. In France he’s known for Jonathan, an adventure comic squarely in the Tintin tradition. His latest book is a vintage reimagining of Mickey Mouse, published by Glenat. in France and, just last week, IDW in the US.
It’s perhaps a sign of how distracted the rest of the world is – as well as how well-run this year’s Angouleme is – that this news has barely made a ripple outside of a few French websites like Le Huffington Post.
Cosey succeeds Hermann as President for next year’s festival. The vote – which ended up being another old Belgian guy – was conducted via choices from a diverse selection committee, and then voted on by exhibiting cartoonists around the world. Different route, same destination. Still, the orderly transfer of power is something to be cherished.
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.