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November 22, 2010

Your 2010 Blois Festival Honorees


This article at detailing the winners of the festival prizes from this year's BD Boum festival at Blois makes a case for those awards and that festival as an important precursor to January's traditional, internationally-renowned festival at Angouleme -- both in that it serves as a meeting of various French-language comics personalities a couple of months before the bigger show and, at least according to one cartoonist, that the group that meets to pick the next Grand Prix winner at the January show pays attention to the prize winner at Blois. This is good news for Jean-Pierre Gibrat, the veteran industry presence and artist that replaced Emmanuel Guibert as the festival's big-name winner.

It's also worth noting that the prizes seemed to come with cash awards, which I swear we need to look into in North America (a few awards do have cash prizes, but not most of them).

* Le Grand Boum: Jean-Pierre Gibrat
* Prix citoyen Région Centre (new comic reaching Blois citizens): Le bleu est une couleur chaude, Julie Maroh (Glénat)
* Prix Nouvelle République (comic within reach of local daily): La Parenthèse, Élodie Durand (Delcourt)
* Prix Spécial Nouvelle République: Mes années bêtes et méchantes, Daniel Fuchs, Joub & Micoby (Drugstore)
* Prix de la Ligue de l'enseignement (six to nine year olds): Souvenirs de Mamette, Nob (Glénat)
* Prix Jacques Lob: Hervé Bourhis
* Prix du Conseil Général du Loir et Cher (10 to 14 year olds): Petits bonheurs, H. Tonton, (Vents d'Ouest)

Medals of chocolate were awarded to those deemed extra-supportive of the show.
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