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Grand Prix d’Angouleme Boycott Announced. Creators Pull Out of Consideration.

via BD Egalite

via BD Egalite

The list of nominees for the 2016 Grand Prix at Angoulême were announced today resulting in a call for a boycott and creators asking to be removed from consideration. The award is (was?) considered a great honor and a sort of lifetime achievement award. The issue? Out of the 30 individuals nominated, not a single woman was included. Rightfully this angered individuals as it’s a slap in the face to the numerous talented female creators out there who deserve recognition.

The award hasn’t had a great history when it comes to recognizing women. As reported by The Beat, out of the 43 year history, only one winner has been female, Florence Cestac.

A group of female cartoonists, BD Egalite (a group that shines the spotlight on sexism in the French comic community), has called for a boycott. The page is in French, but Google Chrome translates it as saying: but Jessica Abel translated it (a much better version than Chrome):

The International Festival of Comics (Angoulême): Women Banned from Comics

5 January 2016

With the announcement today of the list of nominations for the Grand Prix d’Angoulême 2016—and award for which we comics creators are asked to vote—the ax fell:

30 names, 0 women.

We remind you that in 43 years, Florence Cestac has been the only woman ever to receive this distinction. Not even Claire Brétecher, pillar of the 9th Art, has ever received the Grand Prix. She was awarded the “10th Anniversary Prize” in 1983 (a prize which does not prevent its winner from qualifying for the Grand Prix as well).

We protest this obvious discrimination, this total negation of our representation in a medium practiced by more women every year.

With the Grand Prix of Angoulême, the comics world recognizes one of its own for their entire career. This award is not only honorary, it has an obvious economic impact: the media covers the Grand Prix winner extensively, and the distinction makes a huge impact in the bookstore, to the benefit of booksellers, publishers and…the award-winning author.

We simply ask for a consideration of the reality of our existence and of our value.

Indeed, what is the message sent to women cartoonists and those in the process of becoming such? We are discouraged from having ambition, from continuing our efforts. How could we take it otherwise? It all comes back to the disastrous glass ceiling; we’re tolerated, but never allowed top billing. Will we require women in comics to perpetually play second fiddle?

It is no longer tolerable that renowned female creators, known by one and all, are absent from the nominations of this Grand Prix. If comics professionals are expected to select three names from a list decided by the FIBD, this list must be truly representative of comics today. Female comics creators are also significant players in this literary field.

For all of these reasons, the Women in Comics Collective Against Sexism calls for a boycott of the Grand Prix 2016. We will not vote.

Since the announcement Fantagraphics has announced Daniel Clowes is withdrawing from consideration for the award and that the publisher and creator stand with BD Egalite.

In a statement Clowes said:

I support the boycott of Angouleme and am withdrawing my name from any consideration for what is now a totally meaningless ‘honor.’ What a ridiculous, embarrassing debacle

We have seen reports that Riad Sattouf has also withdrawn as of this post. We’ll update when further individuals comment or withdraw.


Amazon and comiXology Celebrate the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival

angoulemeComiXology and Amazon are celebrating the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival with special spotlights and sales on digital comics. The Angoulême International Comics Festival takes place in Angoulême, France and runs from January 29th to February 1st. Now in its 42nd year, the festival is the premier comics show in Europe with over 200,000 attendees every year and playing host to creators, cartoonists, publishers, and fans from around the world. It’s a massive show and frankly doesn’t get enough coverage by US centered comic blogs. It’s on the long list of conventions we’d like to go to…. some day…..

This year marks comiXology’s third year attending the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France and they’ll be covering the show themselves through various social media under the “All Access Angoulême” moniker.

ComiXology will also be running a sale running today through February 1st featuring a whole host of French content available in multiple languages and rounded out with a selection of titles from creators around the world, giving fans a curated taste of the international comics scene.

Amazon, comiXology’s parent company, is also spotlight the show. They sent out an email to those subscribed to their comic/graphic novel newsletter and also have a page dedicated to some graphic novles related to the show.






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ComiXology Heads to Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême

comixologyCelebrating their second year of attendance at the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology returns with panel presentations and brand ambassadors giving away free books during the entire Festival!

Here’s a list of events & giveaways comiXology will have during the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême ‘14:

Thursday, January 30

PANEL – 4:00 – 5:00pm – A New Way To Think & Create Digital Comics With ComiXology, @ Pavillion Jeunes Talents
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Geoffo & Mast (Creators – Marvel, Thrillbent), Emily & Simon (Creators – MediaEntity, Éditions Delcourt)

Saturday, February 1

PANEL – 5:00pm – All Forms of Digital Comics With ComiXology @ Pavillion Jeunes Talents
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Jean-Luc Sala (Creator – Soleil Productions), Thomas Cadène (Creator – Delcourt, Dupuis, Casterman), Geoffo & Mast (Creators – Marvel, Thrillbent), Marion Amirganian (Publisher – Delcourt).

Here is a list of the free digital comics that will be handed out at the publishers’ booth:

  • Les Légendaires tome 1 from Delcourt
  • Okko tome 1 from Delcourt
  • Les Naufragés d’Ythaq tome 1 from Soleil
  • Les P’tits Diables tome 1 from Soleil
  • Secrets Bancaires USA tome 1 from Glénat
  • Special Branch tome 1 from Glénat
  • Freaks’ Squeele : Rouge tome 1 from Ankama
  • City Hall tome 1 from Ankama
  • Kairos tome 1 from Ankama

ComiXology capped off 2013 by charting as iTunes’ #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad App for 2013 in the U.S., and the Top-Grossing iPad Book App for 2013 in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the UK!

At last year’s Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, comiXology first announced it’s intention to enter the French market by announcing the opening of Paris-based comiXology Europe, the company’s first overseas subsidiary, which is spearheading international language content acquisition across Europe. French language navigation, a precursor to full French localization, was added to comiXology’s iOS apps in June of 2013. The Franco-Belgian market is home to a ravenous base of comic book fans, which account for a $700 million annual market – roughly on par with the U.S. market.

This year marks comiXology’s second attending the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême. Now in its 41st year, the festival is considered the premier comics show in Europe with over 200,000 attendees every year and playing host to creators, cartoonists, publishers, and fans from around the world.

Comixology Opens Comixology Europe

ComiXologyLogoToday comiXology announced the formation of  “comiXology Europe”, a division of the company that will be spearheading the acquisition of international language content across the European continent. ComiXology Europe will be headquartered in Paris, France.

With its English language catalog content, comiXology charts as iTunes’ top grossing book app in France and several other European countries including Germany, Italy, and Spain as well as the U.K.  The company plans to offer local European language content to build upon its existing international business, which is already a significant driver of revenue for the company.

ComiXology’s opening of an office in Paris as its headquarters for European expansion is no surprise, as France has one of the most vibrant markets for graphic novels – called bande dessinées in French – in the world, with an industry that is comparable in size to the U.S. market.

The staff of comiXology Europe will be present alongside a U.S. contingent at this week’s Angoulême International Comics Festival at booth RL 7.

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