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Saying “We cannot rewrite the history of comics,” organizers of the Angouleme International Comics Festival nonetheless announced today that they will add women creators to the longlist of nominees for this year’s Grand Prix d’Angouleme. None of the creators already on the list will be removed.
The original list of 30 nominees for the festival’s prestigious lifetime achievement award contained only men, sparking a call for a boycott by the French women creators’ organization BD Egalite. As of today, 11 of the nominees, including Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Ware, Milo Manara, Daniel Clowes, Bill Sienkiewicz and Joann Sfar, had withdrawn their names from consideration for the prize.
Ten comics creators have withdrawn their names from consideration for this year’s Grand Prix d’Angouleme, in protest that the list of 30 nominees doesn’t include a single woman.
As of this morning, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Riad Sattouf, Joann Sfar, Milo Manara, Pierre Christin, Etienne Davodeau, Christophe Blain and Brian Michael Bendis have indicated, personally or through their publishers, that they are joining the boycott launched by the French group BD Egalite.
Meanwhile, Franck Bondoux, executive officer of the Angouleme International Comics Festival, defended the choices in the French newspaper Le Monde, saying the Grand Prix is a lifetime achievement award for artists who have reached a certain age. “Unfortunately, there are few women in the history of comics,” he said. “That’s the reality. Similarly, if you go to the Louvre, you will find few women artists.”
The French group BD Egalite is calling for a boycott of voting for the Grand Prix d’Angouleme because not a single female creator is included on this year’s list of 30 candidates. Cartoonist Jessica Abel provides a translation, and some context, on her Facebook page.
The Grand Prix is a lifetime achievement award, and the winner is named president of the following year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival. In the event’s 43-year history, just one woman, Florence Cestac, has been awarded the Grand Prix. Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Posy Simmonds (Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe) have been among those nominated in years past.
The 43rd Angouleme International Comics Festival takes place next month, and the organizers have released their list of nominated works in four categories: the Sélection Officielle (the general category), Sélection Jeunesse (young people), Sélection Patrimoine (classics and reprints) and Sélection Polar (mysteries and thrillers).
These graphic novels are eligible for the juried prizes at the festival, and they also make a pretty good reading list that spans the range of graphic novels being made today in Europe, North America, and Japan. As is usually the case, many have been published in English, so I’ll include the English titles, where they are different from the French titles, in parentheses.
The winners of the British Comic Awards were announced last night at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, England. They are:
Best Comic: Grey Area: From the City to the Sea, by Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing)
Best Book: The Motherless Oven, by Rob Davis (Selfmade Hero)
Young People’s Comic Award: Star Cat, by James Turner (David Fickling Books)
The winners of the 2015 Joe Shuster Awards, which honor Canadian comics creators, were announced Sunday in London Ontario, at the Forest City Comic Con. The awards are named after Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.
The winners are:
The shortlist for the fourth annual British Comic Awards was announced this morning, along with the slate of judges and the longlist of titles suggested by readers.
The judges will choose the winning title in each category, with the awards announced Nov. 13, on the opening night of the Thought Bubble Comics Festival in Leeds. This year’s Hall of Fame honoree will be Dudley D. Watkins, creator of Desperate Dan, Oor Wullie and The Broons.
Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, announced just last week as the writer of Marvel’s new Black Panther comic, is one of 24 people selected as 2015 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Commonly referred to as a “genius grant,” the prestigious award comes with a $625,000 cash prize distributed quarterly over five years, with no strings attached.
“When I first got the call from the MacArthur Foundation, I was ecstatic,” Coates, author of the bestselling Between the World and Me, says in the video below, “and then I was deeply, deeply honored. We labor in the dark, y’know. If anybody even reads what I’m doing, that’s a great day.”
The big news about this year’s Ignatz Awards, presented over the weekend at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, is that all the winners were women.
The second piece of big news is that Sophia Foster-Dimino took home three awards, while Sophie Goldstein won two.
Named in honor of the brick-wielding mouse in George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strip, the Ignatz Awards recognize achievement in comics and cartooning. Nominees are selected by a panel of five cartoonists, and then voted on by SPX attendees.
Amid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of “liberal bias.” As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy’s slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)
However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies’ plan, as five categories that were identical to the group’s nominations slate –Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form — ended up being given “No Award.” According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com’s full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.
The nominees have been announced for the 2015 Ignatz Awards, featuring a diverse lineup of creators that’s more than half women. The 2015 field is led by Sophia Foster-Dimino, Jillian Tamaki and Ethan Rilly, who received three noss each.
Presented annually at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, the awards are named in honor of the brick-wielding mouse in George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strip, and recognize achievement in comics and cartooning. Nominees are selected by a panel of five cartoonists — this year it was Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha — and then voted on by SPX attendees.
It’s a very television-focused lineup that includes additional actors from “Battlestar Galactica,” “Salem,” “Shameless” and “Sleepy Hollow.” However, there are some comics creators on the agenda — among them, Mike and Laura Allred, Michael Davis, Bill Morrison, Raina Telgemeier and Jill Thompson.
Doors open at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom at 7:45 p.m. Friday, with the ceremony getting under way at 8 p.m. (advance seating for nominees, sponsors, presenters and those with pro badges begins at 7 p.m.). Admission is free to anyone with a Comic-Con badge. See the full list of presenters below.
The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, named in honor of the influential comics and animation writer who passed away in 2011. The first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was bestowed in March.
The 10 finalists for the kids’ comics award were selected by three judges: Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt, and ROBOT 6 contributor Brigid Alverson, who also edits the School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog.The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at the Kids Read Comics festival, held June 20-21 at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. The finalists are:
The Story of the Year award went to Shaft, written by David F. Walker and illustrated by Bilquis Evely. In an interview with CBR last year, Walker discussed the comic and how it was strongly influenced by the original novels that the 1970s movie was based on. Keef Cross took the Best Writer Award for Day Black, the story of a vampire who moonlights (literally) as a tattoo artist. And Nelson Blake II won the Best Artist award for his Image Comics series Artifacts.
The winners of the 2015 Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best in English-language comics by Canadians, were presented Saturday in conjunction with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. This year’s recipients were:
Best Book: Fatherland, by Nina Bunjevac
The Spotlight Award (aka “The Nipper”): Photobooth: A Biography, by Meags Fitzgerald
Pigskin Peters Awards (for experimental or avant-garde work): “Swinespritzen,” by Connor Willumsen