Angoulême


French Publishers To Boycott Angoulême Unless Changes Are Made

After a number of embarrassing events in recent weeks, a conglomerate of large and small publishers have called for the Angoulême festival to undergo a radical overhaul supervised by someone appointed by the Minister of Culture. In a statement released yesterday, 41 comic book publishers announced that they have decided not to participate next year if a change […]

Ms. Marvel And Richard McGuire’s ‘Here’ Win Big At Angoulême 2016

The prestigious Angoulême Awards for 2016, the ost prestigious awards in the comic industry and awarded each year at the Angoulême Comic Art Festival in France, have been announced, based on their Official List announced last year. And there are some surprises, with two US winners – and one of them from Marvel Comics, the first time the […]

What Angoulême Looked Like In 1982, In The Eyes Of Osamu Tezuka

In 1982 the creator of Astro Boy, Osamu Tezuka went to the ninth Angoulême comic book festival. Sponsored by the Japanese government and accompanied by politicians, he turned the experience into a comic book, as recalled by Paul La Marca for Fumettologica. Which gives a chance to see what once was, through the eyes of an outsider… as he took one […]

Hermann Will Accept The Angoulême Grand Prix If Offered To Him

Recently, we reported that none of the three nominees were likely to accept this year’s Grand Prix from the Angoulême festival, after considerable controversy and change over the nominees. Both Alan Moore and Hermann had previously said they would refuse the award and new nominee Claire Wendling asked her fans not to vote for her. However, ACBD […]

Does Anyone Actually Want The Angoulême Grand Prix?

The controversy over the Angoulême Grand Prix is far from over. After the controversy in which thirty nominees for the prestigious prize were named, without one woman, the organisers eventually abandoned the list and said that voters could vote for anyone they wished. The final three nominees, who will go forward to a second vote, are […]

Angoulême Names Claire Wendling, Hermann And Alan Moore On Grand Prix Shortlist

The Angoulême Grand Prix 2016 votes are in after the judges withdrew the original long nomination, after receiving criticism of having an all male list of thirty names. A winner will be announced  on Wed Jan 27th at 6.30pm by 2015 Grand Prix winner, Otomo Katsuhiro. The three nominations are Hermann, Alan Moore and Claire Wendling. And, yes, […]



As Letter 44 Joins The Angoulême Official List, The Creators Head To France…

Letter 44, the Oni Press series much enjoyed by Bleeding Cool by Charles Soule and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque is published by Glénat in France. And it was added to the Official List for Angoulême next year, considered the best of the comics published by French publishers of the year. And, in a timely fashion, Soule […]



Angoulême To Add Female Names To The Grand Prix Long List Of Nominees

They started with thirty. Then there were twenty-seven. Then there were twenty-four. Then there were twenty-two. And it was starting to look like they, as in the books of Agatha Christie, may be none. But as big name after big name withdrew from being nominated in the Angoulême Grand Prix, the most prestigious award in comics, […]

Now Christophe Blain And Pierre Christin Withdraw From Angoulême Grand Prix Over Lack Of Female Nominees – Over A Quarter Of All Names

FranceTVinfo adds two more Angouleme Grand Prix nominees withdrawing their name from the prize in protest against no women being selected for the thirty-strong list French creators Christophe Blain, of Quai d’Orsay and Pierre Christin of Valerian have now joined Milo Manara, Etienne Davodeau, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Riad Sattouf and Joann Sfar making a total of eight out of the thirty, over […]




Katsuhiro Otomo’s Poster For Angoulême 2016

It is traditional each year for the President of Angoulême, the biggest comic art festival in the world, to draw a poster for the show. And so this years president and winner of last year’s Grand Prix Award  Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of Akira, has done so. He will also have a previously-unheard-of two-and-a-half hour presentation at […]

Whose Angoulême Is It Anyway?

Last month, the owners of the Angoulême Festival, the largest comic book convention in the Western World, announced that it had canceled its contract with organisers 9eme Art+ Association, who have run the show for almost a decade. They’d still do the next one in 2016, but after that was to be up for grabs, […]

Orbital In Conversation With Karl Asaa & Paul Gravett About Angouleme

By Chris Thompson [audio:http://popculturehound.net/podcast/OiCPodcastEpisode119.mp3] Following on from last Orbital in Conversation with the inspirational duo of Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m joined by Karl from Orbital Comics to discuss our recent trip to Angoulême for the 42nd Festival de la Bande Dessinee d’Angoulême. Karl and […]

The Angoulême Awards 2015 – Riad Sattouf To Chris Ware

The Angoulême Awards have now all been presented, as well as the Grand Prix Award to Katsuhiro Otomo and the Grand Prix Special Prize to Charlie Hebdo. And it wouldn’t be the only reference to that magazine in the prizes… The Gold Award for Best Album went to L’Arabe Du Futur Vol 1 by Riad Sattouf, published by Allary. […]