Friday, December 9, 2016

Angoulême Festival 2017 : women, tradition and promise a… – The Figaro

The Arab of the future, The lightness, The man who killed Lucky Luke… They are part of the 42 albums in competition for the Tawny gold at the 44th edition will be held from 26 to 29 January 2017. An event which revives the tradition of the price Gosciny rewarding the writers.

No controversy this year in Angoulême. Or not yet… Unlike the last edition where the initial selection did not include any work performed by a woman, many designers including Catherine Meurisse (lightness), Alison Bechdel (The essential dykes to follow 1987-1998) or Sophie Guerrive (Tulip), are included this year in the official selection which was unveiled on Friday 9 December, in Paris.

Not less than 42 albums in competition for the Tawny gold of the best album of comic strip which will be presented at the 44th annual Angoulême Festival, which will take place from 26 to 29 January, announced Friday in Paris the artistic director of the event, Stéphane Beaujean.

Among the titles in the running for the award the most coveted of the BD, there is also The Arab of the future, 3, Riad Sattouf, The final assault of Late, The man who killed Lucky Luke of Matthew Guy , Otto, the man rewrites of Marc-Antoine Mathieu, or Perceval by Anne-Caroline Pandolfo and Terkel Risbjerg and Poppies of Iraq Lewis Trondheim and Brigitte Findakly.

The jury delivers the Tawny gold for the ‘ best album BD of the year will be chaired by the designer’s british, Posy Simmonds (Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe…).

Among the new features, the year 2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of the disappearance of the writer of Asterix, the Price Goscinny returns. Dedicated to the feathers of the comic book, he has been awarded between 1988 and 2008, and rewarded for 20 years of figures such as Jul, Riad Sattouf or Joann Sfar.

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The mayor of Angoulême has also announced the installation in his city to an obelisk (4.5 metres high and weighing 7 tonnes) in honor of the father of Asterix. Moreover, the interventions of the authors at the conferences will now be paid.

Three other anniversaries will also be celebrated this year in Angoulême: 50 years of the series Valérian and Laureline Christian and Mézières (before the release in July a film by Luc Besson), the 100th anniversary of Will Eisner, creator of the Spirit, the ancestor of the super-hero COMICS and the 60-year-old of Gaston Lagaffe (already celebrated since Wednesday, December 7, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris)

Among the highlights, retrospectives devoted to Hermann, Grand Prize of this edition, Will Eisner, as well as Loo Hui Phang, author of the sublime western offset The Smell of hungry boys.

Exhibitions, conferences, concerts, exclusives, meetings… the programming of the 44th edition of the Angoulême festival , which will take place from 26 to 29 January, promises beautiful appointments for the bédéphiles. As the concert drew who meet on the 27th of January, Pénélope Bagieu and the singer, China Moses. A fusion of jazz and drawing. Among the exhibitions, in addition to that of Hermann, who will focus on the different facets of his work which connect it to the naturalism, the festival will therefore give a large place to women. The lessons of the controversy of the edition 2016 seems to have been learned.

full Programme on the festival website.


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