Another Day, Another European Prize Nomination for Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson and the Casterman version of Blankets is on the finalists list for a comics award called Le Grand Prix RTL de la BD, the winner of which will be named a some point today. The list was drawn from monthly nominees culled by a radio station (I hope I have that right) from various important french bookstores selling comics. The winner receives a ton of free advertising on that same radio station or group of stations (if my first guess wasn't right, this isn't likely, either).
List of nominees:
Blankets - Manteau de neige de Craig Thompson (Casterman) Algernon Woodcock - Sept cÅ“urs d'Arran de Gallie et Sorel (Delcourt)
Extreme Orient - tome 1. Li Fuzhi de Frank Bourgeron (Vents d'Ouest)
Rock Mastard - Echec a la Gestapo de Boucq (Le Lombard)
Lapinot - La vie comme elle vient de Lewis Trondheim (Dargaud)
Ou le regard ne porte pas d'Olivier Pont et Georges Abolin (Dargaud)
La ligne de front de Manu Larcenet (Dargaud)
Lincoln - tome 3. Playground d'Olivier, Jerome et Anne-Claire Jouvray (Paquet).
Blankets enjoyed a sizeable American audience and dominated major categories for which it was eligible at U.S. industry awards.
This has become a busy week for European comics awards. The announcement of the winner of the critic's award from the ACBD group is due December 1 and the first list of potential award recipients from Angouleme I believe will be announced December 2.