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February 3, 2013

Le Figaro: Willem Wins 2013 Angouleme Grand Prix; It Looks Like Akira Toriyama Won A Special Prize


The first newspaper source I've seen with the grand prix going to Willem and other prize winners is here. As expected after Lewis Trondheim leaked the finalists' ballot via Twitter and then immediately noted that the assembled room of past winners wasn't familiar with all of the finalists (Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Akira Toriyama and Katsuhiro Otomo joining the eventual winner), the award goes to the Dutch cartoonist, widely published in the French-language market through Cornelius and in publications such as Charlie Hebdo.

The other thing that's happened is it looks like Akira Toriyama may have won a special prize in the spirit of previous prizes given people like Uderzo, prizes that are tied into an anniversary or date rather than to the festival's awards cycle more properly -- this tweet says it's a 40th anniversary prize. In this case I'm guessing -- guessing -- that the award ties into him doing extremely well on the authors' balloting that led to the finalists ballot from which Willem was chose. I can't tell all the way; Europeans tweet weird. I'll back away from this if I had it wrong.

No matter what went down, Toriyama's a wonderful cartoonist, and having him involved in some way with next year's show would be a potential significant boon to attendance, I'd think. It would also be both an important step in terms of making up for the festival's complete historical lack of Grand Prix winners from the manga tradition, and a reminder that they didn't just elect one of those cartoonists to the actual Grand Prix given a great opportunity to do so.

Other Major Prize-Winners Announced Sunday:

Prix du meilleur album
* Quai d'Orsay Volume Two: Chroniques diplomatiques, Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac (Dargaud)

Prix spécial du jury
* Le Nao de Brown, Glyn Dillon (Akileos)

Prix de la Série
* Aama, Vol. 2, Frederik Peeters (Gallimard)

Prix Révélation
* Automne, Jon McNaught (Nobrow)

Prix Patrimoine
* Krazy Kat (1925-1929), George Herriman (Les reveurs)

Fauve Polar SNCF
* Castilla Drive, Anthony Pastor (Actes Sud/L'an 2)



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