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Comics A.M. | Protest of SodaStream’s Angoulême sponsorship grows

Angoulême International Comics Festival

Angoulême International Comics Festival

Controversy | Zainab Akhtar has a good roundup of the SodaStream controversy: A number of internationally known creators have protested SodaStream’s sponsorship of the Angoulême International Comics Festival because the soft-drink manufacturer has a factory in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “All of Israel’s settlements in the Occupied West Bank are illegal under international law, and SodaStream’s factory in specific was build on land seized from several Palestinian villages in what is regarded as the largest single act of expropriation by the Israeli government in its 47-year long military occupation of the West Bank,” the organizers of the protest said in a statement. A number of artists, including Jacques Tardi (whose work was celebrated in a special exhibit at the show) have signed an open letter to festival organizer Frank Bondoux, asking him to end the relationship with SodaStream. Tardi also issued a statement saying he felt that he had been “taken hostage,” as he did not know about the sponsorship until the festival began. [Comics and Cola]

Chew #39

Chew #39

Creators | With food-themed comics on the rise, Joanna Fantozzi interviews Alisa Harris, creator of the recipe webcomic Cooking Up Comics, and John Layman, the writer of Chew. [The Daily Meal]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews Michael DeForge about his graphic novel Ant Colony, a collected edition of his webcomic Ant Comic. [ComicsAlliance]

Creators | In a local-boy-made-good piece for the Baton Rouge newspaper, artist J.G. Jones talks about his work on Black Widow, Marvel Boy and 52, and how he came to be a comics artist in the first place. [The Advocate]

Creators | U.K. artist Brian Davis has escaped eviction after selling enough copies of his self-published book Angel Delights to pay off his $2,000 in arrears. [The Jewish Chronicle]



Manga | Jason Thompson takes a look at Ultimo, the manga series that started out as a collaboration between Stan Lee and Shaman King manga-ka Hiroyuki Takei. [Anime News Network]

Academia | In the latest Inkstuds podcast, David Brothers interviews comics scholar Qiana Whitted about the work of Frederic Wertham, the history of African-American comics, and her own experience teaching comics and comics history in an academic setting. [ComicsAlliance]

Criticism | Ng Suat Tong rounds up the best online comics criticism of 2013. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Conventions | Sattya Kandala takes a look at Comic Con India’s Delhi event, which kicks off today. The Indian convention scene has expanded rapidly, with the organizers of this con staging events every few months in different cities throughout the country. While American comics have their fans, the majority of the exhibitors at this con are Indian. [The New York Times]

Conventions | ComiXology’s Ivan Salazar gives a more personalized account of his journey to India for the con; it looks like he will be keeping a con diary. [comiXology Tumblr]

Conventions | Regina, Saskatchewan, will get its first comics convention in May; tickets are on sale now. [CKOM]

Retailing | Times have been good for the Rancho Cucamonga, California, comics shop 4Color Fantasies, so much so that it’s moving to a new space three times the size of the current ocation. [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin]



People desperate for work will often not complain about even very large issues. Doesn’t mean anything.

Jenos Idanian #13

February 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

SodaStream employs both Israelis and Palestinians. Further, it pays and treats all its employees equally. SodaStream is actually providing good-paying jobs to Palestinians, giving them something to do besides planning to kill Israelis and boosting the economy of the Palestinians in the West Bank.

Anyone pushing the boycott on SodaStream is doing a grave disservice to both the Israelis and the Palestinians, and pushing for more conflict between the two by harming a company that is actually advancing peace. My hunch is that they are stupid anti-Semites, and think that anything Israeli has to be bad.

It almost sounds as if some of the cartoonists are surprised SodaStream has business there (factory in the West Bank) to begin with, which is a rather ignorant perspective to have. Do they know that SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum, as well as five other of the top ten SodaStream company executives, have academic ties, histories, or business experiences that trail back to Israel? Can’t be too surprised, folks. Their corporate headquarters are based in Airport City, Israel.

Unless SodaStream is using it’s money and affiliation to influence the Angoulême event in an underhanded manner, which doesn’t seem to be happening, then they’re just another multimillion dollar company (apparently, $562 million) that is actively spreading their brand awareness however they please.

I read, “Regina, Saskatchewan” as a person’s name… now I’m suddenly disappointed to find out it’s not.

Well if you believe them the Palestinian workers say they aren’t treated fairly and are discriminated against.

From my own experience of working in Isreal, I can believe them. There are many ways non Jewish people are discriminated against in ways that would be unacceptable in countries such as the US.

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