Each year at Angouleme, l’Association des Critiques de Bande-Dessinée selects their own Critics Prize for the comic creator most deserving, in a rather splendid ceremony. This year the award went to Bastien Vivès for his book Polina published by KSTR/Casterman.
The award was announced by Jean Christophe Ogier (left below), President of the association, alongside the American Ambassador was on hand, as was Art Spiegelman, President of the regional council and David Mazzucchelli, who won the award last year.
And it was David’s job to hand over the award – he did so by creating a flip book, the images of which were animated in a presentation to all assembled, a dancing ballerina drawn by Mazzuchelli in the manner of Vivès’ work. Which, reportedly, rather moved Vivès.
Either that or he was working out just what the hell he was going to do to top that, when it’s his turn next year.