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December 3, 2004

Lee, Bendis, Brown, Deitch, Guerra, Kalesniko… the Prix D’Angouleme Awards Announce Nominees

This year's nominees for the awards at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee in Angouleme were released yesterday to the appropriate fanfare and huzzahs.

imageUnless I'm completely wrong, this year's list marks an overwhelmingly strong showing by North American-originated books at what were once the Alph-Art Awards, with nominations going to the teams of Stan Lee/John Romita, Brian Vaughn/Pia Guerra and Brian Bendis/Alex Maleev in addition to alt-comics luminaries like Chester Brown, Kim Deitch, Debbie Drechsler, the under-appreciated Mark Kalesniko and this year's American awards juggernaut Craig Thompson. Joining Thompson in the best first album category are Derek Kirk Kim and Alex Robinson. That just seems way out there to me, although it's all at least really solid work. I'm also not remembering this full of a nomination list in the first place.

The nominee roll also features a solid list of internationally renowned cartoonists like Marjane Satrapi, Ralf Konig, Frederik Peeters, Baru and Lewis Trondheim. The fact that Hideshi Hino, Yoshiharu Tsuge, and Jiro Taniguchi can be nominated indicates the breadth of this year's nominees.

I wonder how this set of nominees will play among hardcore artcomics fans in and of Europe -- I imagine not too well, but I can't be sure. I hear enough about Angouleme to hear about big underlying stories, and the same way that for years it was new guard vs. old guard, not it seems to be an ongoing struggle for finding ways to broaden interest in elements of the festival from a wider audience, and what that might cost the festival in terms of prestige. Somebody please write me a letter if you have your finger on the pulse of conversation or an opinion of your own.

The Festival takes place January 27-30, during which the winners and a Grand Prix winner will be announced. The schedule highlights can be found in a nice list here.

What follows is a list of nominees. I really liked looking at the covers and the way the lists are set up on the BD Angouleme site, so I'll link to that on every heading. That way you also get to see all the covers, rather than just for those selections with a "*" at the end of the line.

imagePrix du Meilleur Album [Best Album]
L'homme sans talent, Yoshiharu Tsuge*
Louis Riel, Chester Brown
Lupus Volume 2, Frederik Peeters
Mariee par correspondance, Mark Kalesniko
Panorama de l'Enfer, Hideshi Hino
Poulet aux prunes, Marjane Satrapi
Une tragedie americaine, Kim Deitch

imagePrix du Dessin [Best Artwork]
D Day, le jour du desastre Volume 1, David Brin, Scott Hampton
Donjon Monster Volume 9, Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Killofer*
La malle Sanderson, Jean Claude Gotting
L'enrage Volume 1, Baru
Le sommet des dieux, Baku Yumemakura, Jiro Taniguchi
Smart Monkey, Winschluss
Wolverine Snikt!, Tsutomu Nihei

imagePrix du Scenario [Best Script]
Cliches Beyrouth 1990, Bruno, Sylvain Ricard, Christophe Gaultier*
Comme des lapins, Ralf Konig
Le Marquis d'Anaon Volume 3, Fabien Vehlmann, Matthieu Bonhomme
Le sang des Valentines, Catel, Christian De Metter
Le tour de valse, Denis Lapière, Ruben Pellejero
Summer of Love, Debbie Drechsler
Y le dernier homme, Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

imagePrix du Premier Album [Best First Album]
Blankets, Craig Thompson
De mal en pis, Alex Robinson
Extreme Orient Volume 1, Frank Bourgeron
L'immeuble d'en face, Vanyda*
Love my life, Yamaji
Same Difference, Derek Kirk Kim
Trois eclats blancs, Bruno LeFloc'h

imagePrix de la Serie [Best Series]Buddy Longway, Derib
Coq de combat, Izo Hashimoto, Akio Tanaka
Daredevil, Brian Michael Bendis, Alexander Maleev
Hubert, un prive a la cambrousse, Bruno Heitz
Le cri du peuple, Jean Vautrin, Jacques Tardi*
Les formidables aventures de Lapinot, Lewis Trondheim
Universal War One, Denis Bajram

imagePrix du Patrimoine [Best Historical Reprint]
Felix, l'integrale, Maurice Tilieux
Gen d'Hiroshima, Keiji Nakazawa
Le Concombre masque, Mandryka
Les mythes de Cthulhu, Lovecraft, Breccia*
Mysterieuse matin, midi et soir, Jean Claude Forest
Ragnar, Jean Ollivier, Eduardo Coelho
Spiderman, l'integrale 1969, Stan Lee, John Romita, John Buscema
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