Grand Prix winner Bill Watterson and the rest of the 2014 Angoulême Official Prizes

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Tweet The Official Prizes of the 41st Festival International de la Bande Desinée were handed out in Sunday at 4pm. The big news was Bill Watterson winning the Grand Prix, but afterwards people were talking about how the “International” part of the festival title had truly been reflected, with three winners from the US, one […]

My Angoulême Diary, Day 0: Planes, Trains and Camembert

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Bonjour, Beat readers, after two days of travel and jetlag, I’m pretty much embedded here in the Rights Center at Angouleme, with free wifi and free Nescafe.

I haven’t had a chance to see most of the Festival yet, but that will take several days as the entire town has been taken over by the world of bande desinée.

The Angoulême Dining Guide: it’s a lot more than crêpes

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Tweet by Abby Denson, with Jessica Abel and Xavier Lancel So you’re going to Angoulême? Lucky you! I’ve exhibited with Xavier Lancel for the past several years and thought I’d share some of my favorite places to eat while at the festival. Even better, Angoulême resident Jessica Abel kindly agreed to vet my suggestions and […]

Angoulême 2014 : Bill Watterson, Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore are the finalists for the Grand Prix

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Tweet Well, it looks like I picked a good year for my first ever visit to the Angoulême comics festival, because this year is already seething with intrigue. Take the choice of the Grand Prix winner for instance. This award—presented to one and only one cartoonist each and every year—is one of the greatest honors […]

The Comic King of Guatemala

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Guatemala just got its first comics shop.

And filmmaker George Clipp made a short film about it.

RIP Peter O’Toole

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Tweet The late actor was the subject of a pretty good graphic novel called, Hellraisers by Robert Sellers and JAKe (SIC), and adapted from Sellers’ prose work of the same name, which featured adventures of excessive drinking from O’Toole, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

We’re going to Angoulême!

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Tweet At long last, I’m going to the Angoulême Comics Festival! Or to give it its proper name, the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA BANDE DESSINÉE. The Angoulême Festival is the largest non-manga comics gathering in the world, as some 200,000 comics lovers flood the medieval town to look at displays, listen to concerts, get books […]

Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke join 2014 MoCCA Fest

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TweetNext year’s MoCCA Fest is shaping up to be a very interesting show as admission has been lowered to $5, and Bill Kartalopoulos has been brought on on programming director and international liaison. And given Kartalopoulos’s interest in foreign comics, the addition of three acclaimed guests from overseas—Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke—can only […]

INCOMPLETE WORKS to collect long unseen comics by Dylan Horrocks

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Tweet New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks is a favorite around Stately Beat Manor, and a master of short comics stories. While his website has been busy serializing his new comics The Magic Pen, his works from the last 20years has been long unavailable. However in March, the Victoria University Press will publish INCOMPLETE WORKS, collecting […]

Advance Review: Snowpiercer – The Escape

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Tweet The film is already a smash hit in Korea and France, the uncut dystopian thriller earning rave reviews, and in January the award-winning French comic will be published in English for the first time, thanks to Titan.

Peter Pan, a Prequel by Régis Loisel: Dark, Discomforting, and Delightful

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Tweet Earlier this year, Soaring Penguin Press published the first complete English translation of Régis Loisel’s classic French series of bande dessinée, Peter Pan, a dark prequel to the JM Barrie fairy tale that pushes the boundaries of Neverland’s sinister origins.

Titan Unveils Snowpiercer in English

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TweetWith the upcoming film starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Hurt due for a US/UK release in 2014 after rave international reviews, the original comic, Le Transperceneige, is due for publication as Snowpiercer on January 29.

24 Hours of Halloween: Amanda Vähämäki

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Tweet Besides having maybe the best name for a cartoonist ever, Finnish artist Amanda Vähämäki is one of those creators whose work alays has an edge of creepiness even when it isn’t overtly terror. She’s best known in North America for her work published by D&Q, including her debut, The Bun Field, but in Europe […]

Best Relaunched Blog: Zainab Akhtar’s Comics & Cola

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Tweet If, like The Beat, you have been mourning the absence of Zainab Akhtar’s byline around here, it’s because she’s relaunched her own blog, Comics&Cola, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Zainab has her eye on the graphic novel and indie publishing scene with some of the most exciting new stuff coming out. For […]

The rest of the weekend in comics conventions: Cola-Con, Alamo City Comic Con, Dhaka Comicon

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Even if you’re not at the Detroit Fanfare there is plenty to do around the world in comics this weekend!

Kryptonite, Cairo’s comics shop

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As we’ve been noting more and more, comics are a global culture, and there’s even a comic shop in Cairo, Kryptonite located in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt. Here’s the description from the English language “Yelp” of the region.