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Angouleme Festival Faces Criticism Over Fake Awards

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The Angoulême International Comics Festival, once one of the most respected comic convention in the world, faces criticism for issuing a series of fake awards at its 2016 ceremony this past weekend. The festival, which dates back to 1974, already came under fire earlier in the year when the longlist for the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême lifetime achievement award contained zero women in its thirty person longlist.

Angoulême’s response to the earlier criticism was to do away with the longlist and open up voting to any creator that voters thought deserving of the award, but the presentation ceremony brought fresh controversy. Apparently in an attempt at humour, the festival announced a list of winners, and then in a scene straight from a bad high school comedy, declared it was all a prank, and announced the “real” winners.

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Weekender: Ben Hatke, ‘Baker Street Peculiars’, and Memoirs of a ‘2000 AD’ Editor

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more --- but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.

ComicsAlliance have got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, and so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made --- it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Weekender: Jewel Kats, Yifan Ling, and ‘The Portrait of Sal Pullman’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Weekender: Irene Koh, Comic Republic, And ‘Rosalie Lightning’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more --- but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made --- it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Thirty Names, Without One Woman: Comic Book Creators Withdraw from Nomination for the Angouleme Grand Prix in Protest

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The Angoulême Grand Prix is a prestigious lifetime achievement award for comic book creators; this week, the Festival d’ Angoulême announced the 30 nominees for 2016, the Grand Prix’s 43rd year, and already several have withdrawn their names from consideration. The reason? Of the thirty nominees, not one was a woman.

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‘Akira’ Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Wins Angoulême Grand Prix Award For Lifetime Achievement

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Hosted every year in France, the Angoulême International Comics Festival is the biggest comic con in the world, surpassing even San Diego’s mighty Comic-Con International by tens of thousands of attendees. But like the San Diego show and its Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Angoulême comes with its own venerable awards celebrating sequential art from around the world, the most auspicious of which is the Angoulême Grand Prix, given every year to a living comics creator as a kind of lifetime achievement award. This year’s went to a most deserving artist indeed: Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of one of the medium's undisputed masterworks, Akira.

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‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Creator Bill Watterson Wins Grand Prix at Angouleme Festival

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Hosted every year in France, the Angoulême International Comics Festival is the biggest comic con in the world, surprising even San Diego's mighty Comic-Con International by tens of thousands of attendees. But like the San Diego show and its Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Angoulême comes with its own venerable awards celebrating sequential art from around the world, the most auspicious of which is the Angoulême Grand Prix, given every year to a living comics creator as a kind of lifetime achievement award. This year's went to Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, who's certainly deserving of the honor.

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