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Dutch cartoonist Willem was presented with the Grand Prix award over the weekend in France at the 40th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, honoring his lifetime achievement. In addition, Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump creator Akira Toriyama was awarded a special Grand Prix recognizing his 40-year career.
As the recipient of the Grand Prix, Willem will serve as president of next year’s festival.
The other major prize winners, courtesy of The Comics Reporter, were:
Prix du meilleur album
Quai d’Orsay Volume Two: Chroniques diplomatiques, Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac (Dargaud)
Prix spécial du jury
Le Nao de Brown, Glyn Dillon (Akileos)
Prix de la Série
Aama, Vol. 2, Frederik Peeters (Gallimard)
Automne, Jon McNaught (Nobrow)
Krazy Kat (1925-1929), George Herriman (Les reveurs)
Fauve Polar SNCF
Castilla Drive, Anthony Pastor (Actes Sud/L’an 2)