Striking Protests At Angoulême

Bleeding Cool reported on news that the French staff for the comics publisher L’Association were going on strike earlier this year. Well, now it’s stepped up publically, with the striking workers still attending the world biggest comic convention Angoulême for L’Association but, instead of selling their books, they are handing out protesting leaflets, and replacing booth livery with strike headlines.

The books remain in the boxes (covered with a red tablecloth) and all potential purchasers can see are the leaflets taking the reader through the strikers’ demands. And yes, they are in comic book form.

The demands are that the publisher justify the economic reasons for dismissals of staff, as records seem to indicate the publisher was in a healthy financial situation. That if the company is shown to be in financial difficulties, other alternatives to reduncancy are explored. And that the working of the company, especially the actions editorial director JC Menu be more transparent.

In other Angoulême news, the American Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin, opened the Peanuts exhibition in the town, with Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand and European Affairs Minister Laurent Wauquiez – who is a real comic book geek.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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