Well that was a shock. Pascal Brutal #3 winning the Best Album at the Angoulême end-of-festival awards – considered by many to be a rather average comic book, that was up against stiff competiton.
Not quite Nascar Heroes #5, but not what many people were expecting.But the big shock was the result of the Prix du Public Fnac-SNCF, the only award to be voted for by the general public, with an online voting form. And it went to a book that isn’t even available in France, Paul à Québec. Published in Canada, with many French-Canadian fans, and waiting on distributor issues to be published in France seems to have been the beneficiary of an organised campaign of support. Or ballot stuffing as opponents call it.
It’s one of those irregular verbs isn’t it? I organise campaigns of support, you ballot stuff, he’s a cheating bastard. Aside from that, a well received set of awards by the audience. Here’s the list (with links to find out more).
Fauve d’Or (Best Album): Pascal Brutal # 3, by Riad Sattouf (Fluide Glacial)
Prix Spécial du jury (Special Jury Prize): Dungeon Quest, by Joe Daly (L’Association)
Prix de la série (Series Award): Jérôme K, Jerome Bloche by Alain Dodier (Dupuis)
Prix Regards sur le monde(Global Award): Rébétiko , by David Prudhomme (Futuropolis)
Prix de l’Audace (Award For Audacity): Alpha , by Jens Harder (Actes Sud / L’An 2)
Prix Intergénérations (All Ages Award): Messire Guillaume – L’Esprit perdu , by Matthieu Bonhomme et Gwen de Bonneval (Dupuis)
Prix Jeunesse (Youth Award) : Lou #5, by Julien Neel (Glénat)
Prix Patrimoine (Heritage Award): Paracuellos, by Carlos Gimenez (Fluide Glacial)
Prix de la bande dessinée alternative (Alternative Comics Award) : Special Comics n°3 (Nangjing)