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

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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 from […]

My Angouleme Diary Day 2: From Glénat to Tardi

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Alors, things don’t always go as planned, including power outages at the delightful chateau and forgetting my password in the press room. • Yesterday, Friday was a busy day at the 41st annual FIBD, as things heated up in the streets and tents. The day started off with an interview with Jacques Glénat founder of […]

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.

Pedigree Chum 30/01/14: Après Moi le Déluge

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Hey! How about that? A bit of French to start things off, how fancy and educational we’re all being this morning. Heidi’s swanned off to France to drink Cognac and Coffee for a few days, leaving the rest of us here to wander the vast wasteland of the internet, stood in the shadow of a tower […]

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

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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 add […]

My 2014 Angoulême Diary: Day -1

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I think I mentioned a few times that I will be going to Angoulême this year—the 41st annual Festival International Bande Deseinee, held yearly in Angoulême, France. This is the biggest comics show in Europe, as I’ve heard tell, with some 200,000 people attending. There are also 260 exhibitors and some 7000 professionals on hand. […]

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

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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 in […]