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January 31, 2014


Euro-Comics Special: Jen Vaughn In Angouleme 01

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By Jen Vaughn

* the slowest day of Angouleme is the most relaxing one for the cartoonists and publishers.

* the general buzz around the Festival is the that the Tardi show is absolutely beautiful, that you go in thinking one thing and come out complete differently. I'll know for sure by Saturday. Most of the cartoonists are making time -- with their free entry, thanks to their badges -- to visit.

BD/Main Tent
* Casterman has an impressive selection of new albums; most are available in bookstores near you. What appeared to be a new Hugo Pratt book was absolutely a Corto Maltese *game* featuring art by said cartoonist.

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* Delcourt has one of the more impressive setups, reminiscent of Random House at a BEA/ALA convention with hundreds of copies of the same book. To get to the many signings you must first cross through Delcourt and Soleil. Thierry Mornet pulled myself, Moritat and Joe Keatinge into the VIP room which was hosting some movie house lights = everyone sweating and looking good. [Moritat and Thierry pictured directly above.] Boulet was being interviewed, Rebecca Morse of the new album Alyssa was charming and warm.

* Guy Delcourt came out eventually to say high to everyone and gave me his respects to Kim Thompson.

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* many of the Selection Officielle books are available for purchase and parked so in the main tent.

Para-BD Tent

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* lots of sellers were hawking comics, art and more. The sketchbook table Sketchbook Buro was making hand over fist with people like Mara, Valp and Richard Valley signing.

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* ran into former Angouleme prize winner, Ulli Lust of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life; she was outside, with Joe Keatinge.

Indie Tent

* L'Employe du Moi is featuring a lot of American cartoonists like Alec Longstreth and Chuck Forsman.

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* these 14 year old kids from Angouleme came up to me and tried to sell me their anthology comic. Loved the hustle Eric and Karamba were trying.

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* Vianello was also signing and drawing amazing things in books, as a Hugo Pratt apprentice for years, he has a vast array of knowledge on and off the page. This was the longest line I saw today.

* The vanguard of comics experimentalism and fantastic storytelling lie in the hands of Dash Shaw, Joe Lambert and Frank Santoro -- all seen during their signings.

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* ran into some more familiar faces like Sean Azzopardi, an SPX regular. He had a new comic or two... I bought one!

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* Scott Eder was selling a ton of pages from American artists like Gary Panter, Peter Bagge and Jim Woodring.

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* finally, MK Reed shows off her big purchase, a beautiful album called Milady.

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* Jen Vaughn is a Seattle-based cartoonist and graduate of The Center For Cartoon Studies. You can read her blogging on behalf of her employer Fantagraphics Books here. You can read her digital comic Avery Fatbottom here. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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