The Angoulême Prix Fix…

The Angoulême Prix Fix…So just how did Paul à Québec win the Angoulême Public Award – mostly voted on by French voters, when it hadn't even been published in France? Was it all a ballot stuffing scam by Canadians?

Well, yes… and no.

It turns out that the public vote wasn't quite as public as people thought.

Last yaer caused concern as, for the first time, thegre was obvious online campaigning by the winning candidate Gally, author of Mon gras et moi, but better known for his blogging. There were fears that anything could win. So, without much publicity, the public award changed the way it was tallied. The top five voted for books were given to a panel of seven judges, who then chose their favourite.

The Angoulême Prix Fix…Which does kind of defeat the purpose of having a public award in the first place. And in any road, with the current system, lets said judges choose from the five most successful ballot stuffers.

The other four nominees have been revealed as Blast Vol 1 (Manu Larcenet, Dargaud), Siegfried Vol 2 (Alex Alice, Dargaud), Il Était Une Fois En France Vol 3 (Fabien Nury and Sylvain Vallée, Glénat) and Billy Brouillard Vol 1 (Guillaume Bianco, Soleil).

One of the judges, Maël Rannou, talks about the voting experience here.

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