January 30, 2014
Euro-Comics Special: Jen Vaughn In Angouleme 01
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.
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.
has one of the more impressive setups, reminiscent of Random House
at a BEA
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
* many of the Selection Officielle
books are available for purchase and parked so in the main tent.
* 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.
* 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.
* L'Employe du Moi
is featuring a lot of American cartoonists like Alec Longstreth
and Chuck Forsman
* 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.
* 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.
* ran into some more familiar faces like Sean Azzopardi
, an SPX
regular. He had a new comic or two... I bought one!
* Scott Eder
was selling a ton
of pages from American artists like Gary Panter
, Peter Bagge
and Jim Woodring
* finally, MK Reed
shows off her big purchase, a beautiful album called Milady
* 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
posted 3:55 pm PST
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