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Bill Watterson wins Grand Prix at Angouleme

ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING CALVIN AND HOBBESCalvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson received the Grand Prix award this weekend in France at the 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, honoring his lifetime achievement.

The prize is awarded to a living comics creator, and traditionally the winner serves as president of the jury for the following year’s festival; previous honorees have included Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman. Watterson, Alan Moore and Katsuhiro Otomo (who incidentally received a lifetime achievement award of his own this weekend) were the three finalists this year, with Alan Moore stating late last week that if he won, he would decline the prize. It will be interesting to see if Watterson accepts the prize or attends next year. Tom Spurgeon has some additional commentary on the win.

Other winners, also courtesy of the Comics Reporter and as noted on the Angouleme site, include:

  • Prix du public Cultura: Mauvais Genre, Chloé Cruchaudet (Delcourt)
  • Prix de la bande dessinée alternative: Un Fanzine carré (Various)
  • Prix jeunesse: Les Carnets de Cerise — Le Livre d’Hector Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret (Soleil)
  • Prix Révélation: Le Livre De Léviathan, P. Blegvad (L’Apocalypse) and Mon Ami Dahmer, Derf Backderf (Ca et La)
  • Prix meilleur album: Come Prima, Alfred (Delcourt)
  • Prix Special Du Jury: La Propriété, Rutu Modan (Actes Sud BD)
  • Prix de la série: Fuzz & Pluck Vol. 2, Ted Stearn (Cornelius)
  • Prix du patrimoine: Cowboy Henk by Herr Seele and Kamagurka (Fremok)



Be interesting to see if he goes. I wonder if he calls Art Spiegelman for advice, since the latter was honored, he’s been “retrospecting” full time for two years and is ready to stop.

Tsk! If only Alan Moore didn’t withdraw his nomination!

Alan Moore didn’t withdraw. He said he would refuse the prize, but that doesn’t forbid the artists to vote for him (and they did)

Wahh Alan Moore didn’t win. Last time I checked the Guy who won deserves it I’m tired of him doing his I don’t care if I win I wont accept the award bullshit. I’m done caring about some old bitter man who stupidly took jobs with publishers only to bitch about it later how bout you donate you royalty checks if you don’t care I have at this point lost my patience for this asshole.

The Beast Of Yucca Flats

February 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Ahh, “bitter old man” The most stinging of rebukes by anyone over the age of 9.

Anyway, now that’s out of the way, good on Watterson.

Silicone Synapse

February 4, 2014 at 4:29 am

Ok, I love Alan Moore, but seriously screw him, why are you people crying over that shit when we could all just be happy that Bill Watterson and C&H are both things that exist in the world??

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