Bill Watterson Wins Angoulême Grand Prix. Now, For Next Year…


Bill Watterson has won the Angoulême Grand Prix, giving the creator of Calvin & Hobbes membership of the Angoulême Academy and making him president of next year's Angoulême comics festival.

Which, for a comic creator often regarded as a bit of a hermit, makes for an interesting choice for the Academy. Naturally, he wasn't on hand to accept his award. But maybe they'll get the next year's Angouleme poster from Watterson…

30_p0Here are the other prizes, chosen from the Official Selection.

Public Culture: Mauvais Genre, Chloé Cruchaudet (Delcourt)
Alternative Comics: Un Fanzine carré (Various)
Young: Les Carnets de Cerise Le Livre d'Hector Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret (Soleil)
Reveation award: Le Livre De Léviathan, P. Blegvad (L'Apocalypse) and Mon Ami Dahmer, Derf Backderf (Ca et La)
Best album: Come Prima, Alfred (Delcourt)
Jury special award: La Propriété, Rutu Modan (Actes Sud BD)
Pulp/crime award: Ma Révérence by Wilfrid Lupano and Rodguen
Best series: Fuzz & Pluck Vol. 2, Ted Stearn (Cornelius)
Heritage award: Cowboy Henk by Herr Seele and Kamagurka (Fremok)

It is quite possible that Ted Stearn is better known in France now than in his native USA. But the big awards went mostly to French and Belgian talent. And here's the closing of the festival in its totality…



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