Jim Wheelock, live on the ground for Bleeding Cool writes;
This was the first day of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angouleme, France. It’s a city wide event that gets about twice the visitors as the San Diego Con. I’ve been coming here since 1991.
It’s a very promising year, potentially the best in recent times. The President is Blutch, a brilliant young artist not known in the U.S., the ’70s artist turned film-maker Enki Bilal is doing a multi-media show, and Robert Crumb is making a still rarish appearance. In addition, the city’s shiny new comics museum opened earlier this year and reportedly is totally awesome.
I spent today trying to figure out what’s going on, but did catch the Blutch exhibit which was excellent. More on that later on.
It was a good night at Le Chat Noir, where most of the non-French spend their evenings consuming beverages. No one knows where the French go at night — possibly home to a sensible dinner. Amongst the folks I knew were the inevitable Finns, Italians, a Flemish group, Swedes,a few Brits, a Spaniard and me, as far as I could tell American in the place.
More as things develop…
The French magazine Libération is giving away a new edition of the magazine completely ilustrated by cartoonists and comic book artists, with Robert Crumb on the front page. The New Yorker’s Jean-Jacques Sempé and Robert Crumb are guests of honour at the convention. Jean is a Frenchman who lives in the USA, Robert an American who lives in France…
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