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January 27, 2012

Conversational Euro-Comics: Bart Beaty In Angouleme 02


If you were one of those people who heard Art Spiegelman would be having a show at Angouleme this year and thought "Hmm, that sounds interesting; I should go," well, there's still time to catch a plane.

I've seen big shows of Spiegelman's art (Masters of American Comics) and intimate shows of his art (Galerie Martel) and I've never seen anything like this. More than 700 items -- some of them never before displayed. A perfectly arranged space (by Rena Mattotti). This is the best presidential show in the 16 years I've been coming, and probably top two or three overall.

Other exhibits are hit and miss, but more overall hits than misses.

Dupuis is not here (again), and Soleil has vacated its huge tent to join Dargaud, Casterman and Delcourt in the "main" tent. Busy on day one, but not painfully. Crowd seems down, but it did on Thursday last year, too.

The manga/US comics tent is a ghost town with the major manga publishers not present. The love affair with manga has seemingly ended.

Le Nouveau Monde, the indy/alt tent, has been enlarged. Lots of good books.

Weather is good. Mood is convivial. Vive le France!


To learn more about Dr. Beaty, or to contact him, try here.

Those interested in buying comics talked about in Bart Beaty's articles might try here.



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