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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:

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Cool things to bookmark: Ted Stearn and Gabrielle Bell

Fuzz and Pluck

Fuzz and Pluck

The Fuzz and Pluck author Stearn has revamped his Web site, with sample comics, illustration work, animation projects and a store where you can buy some pretty nifty prints and original drawings. Go check it out.

Bell, meanwhile, of Lucky fame, has been posting her diary comics regularly on this site. If you haven’t seen it yet I heartily recommend stopping by.

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