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February 22, 2016

The Warning Shot Of All Warning Shots: Publishers Threaten To Boycott Angouleme 2017

Friend to CR Bart Beaty pointed out this remarkable letter from a consortium of key French-language publishers that says, basically, the last Angouleme Festival was so bad, and that show is such a key part of how French comics publishing is presented to the world, that there must be reform or they're not going to go next year.

Among those things cited were the high-profile Grand Prix fiasco and the trainwreck of a prizes ceremony with its fake-out portion, but also dwindling attendance, ordinary exhibitions and a lack of transparency as to how decisions are made. They call on the ministry of culture to name a mediator.
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