After all that hullabaloo, Belgian artist Herman Huppen, aka Hermann has won the award no one wanted, the 2016 Grand Prix. Hermann beat out Alan Moore and Claire Wendling for the dubious honor. Nominated many times before, the grumpy creator of Jeremiah has often said he wouldn’t accept the award in the past, but out of everyone on the list, he’s perhaps the most fitting and prominent name on the list of Franco-Belgian creators who were originally submitted.
Although the official awards won’t be made until Sunday, news of the award leaked all over the place earlier today, just as the actual Angouleme festival kicks off tomorrow.
While this is truly a “no award” kind of win, under the circumstances, Hermann is the best outcome to be expected, as his place in the industry assures him that his bond fides won’t be questioned endlessly.
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