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December 29, 2004

Joann Sfar and JC Menu Called to Task weighs in on Joann Sfar's criticisms of this year's broadly-chosen Angouleme Festival prize nominees with an article that basically upholds the Festival's choices while allowing that Sfar is playing his proper role to the hilt in making his comments. The fact that someone would stop and correct Sfar on a date or two indicates to me there's some real passion behind the conflict, although whether it's the kind that evaporates once the festival hits I'm not informed enough to say. The article links to another piece that I think may have Jean-Christophe Menu calling a comics critic a pig and a BD magazine a rag, but my French is bad enough I'm not exactly sure what the hell that's about or how it relates.

One of the best things about this article is that it points out that Angouleme has published a 31-page downloadable PDF document about their prize nominees. It sure would be great if any of the major American awards were to do something like this. If you can't read French, it's fun to look at for exposure to European tendencies in cover design.

And a happy birthday to Les Humanoides Associes, which turned 30 this month.

That is a cover by Sfar that has nothing to do with this story.
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