The 43rd Angoulême International Comics Festival opens tomorrow until Sunday. Goal this year: to forget the sexism suspicions which he was charged after forgetting to select women for the Grand Prize 2016. A woman, the French illustrator Claire Wendling, author of Lights of Amalou , finally ended up among the three finalists for the Grand Prix, but it is a man, the Belgian cartoonist Hermann, who received Wednesday evening the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, one of the most prestigious Price presented the comic in the world.
One of the greatest cartoonists realistic
Considered as one of the greatest designers of realistic comics Franco-Belgian, Hermann, aged 77, was able to address a multitude of genres, from westerns ( Comanche ) in anticipation narrative ( Jeremiah ), passing by the medieval saga ( the Tours de Bois-Maury ), the great adventure ( Bernard Prince ), fantasy ( Ugly ) and thriller ( a full moon ).
His latest album, Old Pa Anderson , magnificent work on racial segregation in the southern United States in the early 50s, released last week published by Le Lombard, was made with his son, Yves H., who wrote the screenplay. Father and son have become accustomed to collaborate and have signed numerous works for four hands.
“Only the talent account”
Hermann succeeds designer Otomo Katsuhiro Japanese manga, 61, winner of the Grand Prize FIBD last year and guest of honor of the Festival this year. Asked Monday in Paris on charges of sexism in the world of comics, the “mangaka”, said in effect that art has no sex.
“In the world of comics or manga, only talent counts. You have to work. The gender difference does not matter. Only works are interesting, “said the author of Akira , a manga sold over a million copies in France.
Tribute to Lucky Luke
Thursday is an eternal young man of 70 who will star. Lucky Luke, the cowboy who “shoots faster than his shadow,” is the focus of an exhibition that will last well beyond the Festival, until 18 September 2016. Through Lucky Luke is his creator, Belgian Morris, disappeared in 2001, which will finally be honored.
A rarity in the universe of comics, Morris (Maurice de Bevere to Vital) is the man of single work. He designed no fewer than 70 albums of the adventures of the famous cowboy, helped for the scenario in 35 albums by the brilliant writer René Goscinny (also author of Asterix and Small Nicolas ). Translated into 29 languages, Albums Lucky Luke have passed since its creation more than 300 million copies.
A new album Lucky Luke is expected by the end of the year with Jun, the designer of Silex and the City and the scenario Achdé for drawing. Two tribute albums are also advertised. Lucky Luke a realistic Matthieu Bonhomme and Lucky Luke to humor crazy by Bouzard
The next “Golden Fawn” known Saturday night
In addition to the exhibition devoted to Morris, the FIBD organizes many other events reflecting the abundant creativity of comics. It was not until Saturday night for the names of the winners in the official competition, including the upcoming “Golden Fawn” Best Album, the most coveted by authors and publishers of comics.
Forty titles are competing to win the precious reward, the second volume of The Arab Future Riad Sattouf who won the title last year with the first volume of his series on childhood Libya and Syria.
The jury responsible for submitting the “Beast” is chaired this year by the former diplomat Antonin Baudry, writer of Foreign Ministry under the pseudonym Abel Lanzac. Since its creation in 1973 and with an average attendance of 200 000 people each year, Angoulême is the first festival dedicated to comics in Europe.