Thankfully, when all seems bleak, a hero appears to save the day!
I am speaking, of course, of Fleen Senior French Correspondent Pierre Lebeaupin, who dropped me an email chock-full of info about this year’s Angoulême Festival. Take it away, FSFCPL!
The 2017 edition of the FIBD in Angoulême took place last week, and as always it has served as the venue for a number of announcements, some of which do involve the various indie creators we focus on here.
But first, it is good to note that contrary to last year no incident or polemic or injustice to speak of was reported¹, and so let me take the opportunity to congratulate Cosey for his Grand Prix. Cosey is from Switzerland, and this is as good a time as any to recognize the contributions from Swiss authors to the sequential art, such as, I don’t know, creating it in the first place.
On to the announcements!
- Editions Delcourt already publish many webcartoonists, but in particular the hilarious science demystifications comics of Marion “Professeur Moustache” Montaigne, Tu Mourras Moins Bête (You’ll Die Less Dumb). And those are about to have company, as the publisher announced a new collection, Octopus, exploring scientific subjects with comics and led by Marion Amirganian and Boulet.
In the books already announced we can find Youtubers Florence Porcel (who will write a book on the future exploration of Mars, drawn by Erwann Surcouf) and Léo Grasset (who will write a book on the biology of sex), as well as webcartoonist Janine (who will write and draw a book on philosophical concepts). Mars Horizon is set to land first, in March 2017.
- Panini Comics, which publishes Marvel in France, has for its 20th birthday commissioned a few cartoonists to draw alternate covers for some of their series, with some names you might recognize: Bastien Vives (one third of Last Man), Pénélope Bagieu, Joann Sfar, Boulet, or Lewis Trondheim. They appear to be exclusive to the French market, unfortunately.
¹As for our friend Bondoux (actual friendship not included), I must confess I still haven’t wrapped my head around the structure of the various Angoulême committees so I can’t tell you whether he was demoted or anything, but he hasn’t been seen putting his foot in his mouth, so that at least is an improvement.
He included a footnote! That, my friends, is how you get your stuff published here. And also, I must learn more about this Professeur Moustache. Oh, yes, I must.
Spam of the day:
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That is an oddly specific number, but I have no problem believing that he makes a mere seven grand a month (or $86,364 annually). That guy ain’t no billionaire. When he dies and the companies have to be split, his kids are gonna owe into their fourth or fifth reincarnations (most of which, judging by their current behavior, will be as poo bugs).