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Batman: Dark Knight Returns, Year One, Dark Victory, Hush And Court Of The Owls In Black And White And French

It’s not just DC Comics in America that is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman. In France, DC licensor Urban Comics (Dargaud) is going to publish five classic Batman comics in black and white. And in French, obviously. Dark Knight …

What’s More Alternative Than The Alternative Section Of Angoulême

Xavier Lancel writes for Bleeding Cool, SCARCE held its usual booth in the Alternative/Small editors section of the FIBD (International Bandes Dessinées Festival) in Angoulême, France, during the four days of this event. While feeling the wholeness of the event …

Bill Watterson Wins Angoulême Grand Prix. Now, For Next Year…

Bill Watterson has won the Angoulême Grand Prix, giving the creator of Calvin & Hobbes membership of the Angoulême Academy and making him president of next year’s Angoulême comics festival. Which, for a comic creator often regarded as a bit …

Alan Moore Withdraws From Angoulême Grand Prix

So Alan Moore is one of the three main nominees for the Grand Prix of Angoulême, alongside Bill Watterson and Katsuhiro Otomo. Such an honour, the greatest in the comics industry, would see Moore made a member of the Angoulême …

Over Four Hundred Twenty-Four Hour Comics At Angoulême

One of the amazing regular events at Angouleme is the twenty-four hour comic event, in which comic creators, professionals, amateurs and students all compete to put out a twenty-four page comic in one full day. Over four hundred of them. …

This Is What A French Digital Comic Reader Looks Like

ComiXology are at Angouleme, and are surveying people passing by the booth… and these are the results so far. And they have Jeremy Nguyen writing and drawing an Angouleme diary on the go…

Bob And Bobette Get A Modern Makeover

Bob And Bobette is a classic Belgian comic strip. It looks like this. Or rather it did. Because it’s getting a revamp and now looks… like this.   Quite a jump! Zombies must be next!

Paris To Get Its Very Own Comics Art School, Funded By Guy Delcourt

The most famous French language comics schools are the St. Luc Institute in Brussels and the Angoulême School. Strangely, I don’t think that Paris had anything to match…. until now. Guy Delcourt is the head of France’s second largest comics …

J’Adore Le Alan Moore

The Cité du Livre of Aix-en-Provence in France is planning its major exhibition of comic book artwork for the year, their eleventh to date. And they have chosen Englishman Alan Moore, the first time they have celebrated a comics writer …

Bill Watterson, Alan Moore And Katsuhiro Otomo Top The First Round Of The Angoulême Grand Prix

Bleeding Cool is a little freaked by our seeming-clairvoyance here… But Bill Watterson, Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore have won the first round of voting for the Angoulême Grand Prix, all non-French speakers/natives. The highest and grandest honour in comic …

Boycott Threatens To Disrupt Angoulême Grand Prix

The Grand Prix at Angoulême is the highest acclaim any comic book creator can receive in comics. Voted on by the Grand Prix Academy made up of acclaimed French comic book creators, the winner will become a member of the …

Albert Uderzo To Write Asterix Again

2013 saw the release of Asterix And The Picts, a 35th volume in the long running Asterix series , and became the best selling comic book of the year. Uniquely, it was the first not to be created by Rene …

French Comics In 2013 – It’s Not All Asterix. But Quite A Bit Is.

ACBD has looked at the overall French comic book market, and we have learned lots of things. Here are just a few. 5159 comic books were published in France in 2013,  3882 of them brand new, down 7.3% on 2012, …

Angoulême Opens Voting To International Comic Book Authors

The highly regarded prizes given out by the Angoulême Comic Book Festival have, in the past, been criticised for being too insular. Recognising comic book work published in French, they are voted on by the French/Belgian comics community, some organised, …

Angoulême’s Full Official Selection Lists For 2014

Angoulême, the best and biggest comic book festival in the Western world, has unveiled it’s official selection for its 41st year, a list of what it considers to be the best comic books published in French, from which the show’s …

Unboxing The French Crossed Press Kit

The French press get a rather bloody PR pack for the launch of the Crossed Deluxe collection…

When The French Sell Crossed To The Press

This is the French press kit for their new deluxe volume of Crossed, combining the first two series in one hardcover. And delivered to journalists and reviewers like a butcher slab of meat, complete with bloody knife. So, it may …

Asterix And The Picts Burns Through Two Million French Print Run, Going To Second Print Now

Asterix And The Picts was published a week ago, under an extremely severe embargo. But once available, it has sold, and sold very well. One bookstore chain in France reported sales of two hundred thousand on its first day, smashing …