Angoulême


The Running Of The Bulles At Angoulême

Laurent Queyssi writes for Bleeding Cool, The Angoulême Comics Festival isn’t your typical comic-book convention. The publishers’ and booksellers’ booths, the exhibitions, the conferences, they don’t all take place in one single place but are spread throughout the city. Which means walking a lot in the cold (sometimes the rain) to go from one tent (called Bulles) […]

North America Hits South France – More Looks At Angoulême 2015

So a few Americans went to France this week, for the world’s largest comic book art festival. Paris! Made it. @WesCraigComics @ScaleraMatteo @Sean_G_Murphy @fionastaples @benrankel and Brian Vaughn pic.twitter.com/wcWq0aUZFL — Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) January 29, 2015 Though even the journey was full of surprises… Holy shit! Our plane has stairs! W @Sean_G_Murphy pic.twitter.com/A2KyJJ880i — Scott […]

The Look Of Charlie Hebdo At Angoulême 2015…

After the events of early January, this year’s Angoulême was always going to be dominated by expressions of support and memorial to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, those who died and were injured in the attack and to free speech as a whole. There were marches by comic creators and an address from the President, there were walls […]

Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Grand Prix And Presidency For Angoulême 2016

Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has won the Grand Prix for Angoulême, recognising a comic book creator’s contribution to the artform. His acceptance speech is below. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRu112Arjwo[/youtube] Otomo won with 38% of the vote, against Alan Moore and Hermann. A special prize has also been given to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Bill Watterson Exhibition – In Angoulême, And Around The World

The Bill Watterson – The Quest for Calvin and Hobbes exhibition has opened in Angoulême, at the start of the largest comics art festival in the world. Watterson was voted Grand Prix President last and so, while not attending, he did create a new strip for their poster and helped curate the display. Exhibited are original art […]

A Very Digital Angoulême From ComiXology And Amazon

ComiXology have returned to Angoulême, the world’s biggest comic book festival, for their third year with a sale to spotlight comics, bandes dessinées (BD), graphic novels and manga from all over the world, both in English and French This international discount will apply through the festival until February 1st. And we’ll be following their adventures at the show […]

Uderzo Donates Asterix Art To Charlie Hebdo Appeal, Worth $200,000

This is a majestic page from Asterix And The Laurel Wreath by Goscinny and Uderzo, which has been donated to raise money for the families of those killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Uderzo hardly ever sells his original artwork, so this is a very rare opportunity, including as it does the portrayal of Caesar’s palace. […]

And Finally… Hurricane Hermann Arrives Ahead Of Angouleme

Next week sees the beginning of the world’s largest comic book art festival, in the French town of Angouleme. With the Grand Prix award going to either Alan Moore, Otomo or Hermann – or a last minute write-in vote for Charlie Hebdo. But could the weather have an influence on the voting process? Hurricane Hermann […]

Angoulême, In The Wake Of Charlie Hebdo

Angoulême is the world’s largest comic book art festival, with its 42nd annual event scheduled for the end of the month, in the French town that gives the show its name. But in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings, this will be a very different show. A protest march arranged to protect the rights of comic […]

Hermann Declines Angoulême Grand Prix – Is It A Lock For Otomo? (UPDATE)

Yesterday, it was announced that the three finalists for the Angoulême Grand Prix award, which celebrates a comic book creator’s lifetime contributing to the form, were Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Hermann. Moore had previously declined the nomination. And yesterday, Hermann also declined the nomination. If Moore continues to reject this year’s call, then it […]

Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Hermann Are Angoulême Grand Prix Finalists

Last year, the Angoulême Festival chose three finalists to win their Grand Prix Award for the show, and become their president at the festival for the next year. Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo and Bill Watterson. Moore won but declined to be so honoured, and Watterson was duly voted in. Well, the judges have picked their top three […]

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Stan Lee Nominated For 2016 Angoulême Festival President

The list for the Angoulême Grand Prix has been published. Voted on by the Academy, the winner of the most prestigious ward in comic books is names the President of the next festival. This year it was won by Bill Watterson, after Alan Moore declined the honour. Nevertheless, he is nominated again, as well as for the first […]

Saga, Locke & Key, Sugar Skull, Julio’s Day, Building Stories And You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack All Make The Angoulême Official Selection For 2015

The Angoulême Official Selection 2015 lists are out, collecting what the body who put on the world’s largest comic book art festival consider to be the best comic book works published this year. In French. Notable listed items originally published in English on the Official Selection include Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Building […]

Bill Watterson’s Poster For Next Year’s Angoulême

Bill Watterson is President of next year’s Angouleme Comic Art Festival in France. For which he has drawn this poster. New Bill Watterson artwork is a rare and anticipated treat. I understand however that there is more to come… The show will have exhibitions of the work of both this year’s president and creator of Calvin […]

Art Spiegelman Tops Petition Over Treatment Of Ex-Angoulême Director Gilles Ciment

La Cité de la BD is the French comic book institution that includes the Angoulême comics museum and is very influential in the annual Angoulême comic book festival, the largest such comic event in the Western world. Its director, Gilles Ciment was fired as Director earlier this year after what he said were significant conflicts with the […]


Pop Culture Hounding Angouleme: A Special With Paul Pope And Friends (Part 2)

By Chris Thompson [audio:http://popculturehound.net/podcast/PCHPodcastEpisode76.mp3] Following on from last week’s Angoulême special with Joe Keatinge & friends (which you can still listen to here) – this week I conclude my report from the 41st Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême with Paul Pope, Natalie Nourigat & Nicholas Hitori De! First up, I chat with […]

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 and how it litterally invades this medieval city is something to experience, if your goal […]

Could We Get New Tintin Earlier Than We Thought?

Bleeding Cool previously reported on plans by Tintin publisher Casterman to publish a new volume one year before the character enters the public domain, despite reported wishes of Herge. But at Angoulême, the scene seemed to be set for an earlier return to new volumes for the famous Belgian character, possibly in light of the […]

Pop Culture Hounding Angouleme: A Special With Joe Keatinge And Friends (Part 1)

By Chris Thompson [audio:http://popculturehound.net/podcast/PCHPodcastEpisode75.mp3] After last week’s chat with the gifted and insanely busy Zack Whedon (which you can still listen to here) – I’m back with the first of my reports from the 41st Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême! This week I chat with Joe Keatinge, Heidi MacDonald, and Imaginism Studios’ […]