Continental Drift: Angoulême 2009

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Just a quick note of hype. The latest issue of The Comics Journal, #299, includes my report from January’s festival in Angoulême. For various reasons, it took till now for it to see print, but since it isn’t particularly topical, I don’t think it’s a problem for its readability.

Get the new Journal for my thoughts on the art of Dupuy and Berberian, my assessment of L’Association’s relaunch of their anthology Lapin in its classic format, but almost exclusively with young up-and-comers (with comments by editor/publisher JC Menu), my reviews of some of the prize winners: Winshluss’ Pinocchio, Bastien Vivès’ Le Gout du chlôre, Blanchin and Perissin’s Martha Jane Cannary, Étienne Davodeau’s Lulu — Femme nue and Émile Bravo’s Spirou revival Journal d’un ingénue, and an attempt to gauge what the popularity of these comics tells us about Francophone comics. Last, but certainly not least, read the thoughs of Jessica Abel, Alex Holden, Frederik Peeters and Craig Thompson on the year’s Grand Prix winner Blutch. The latter even provides an example of how his work directly inspired sequences in Blankets.

But most of all, get the mafazine for Bob Levin’s fantastic article about Michel Choquette’s incredible, if inevitably unrealized 70s comics project Someday Funnies – a comics anthology that would have included work by people such as Harvey Kurtzman, Federico Fellini, Will Eisner, William Borroughs, Kim Deitch, Tom Wolfe, Art Spiegelman, Ronald Blechman, CC Beck, Harlan Ellison, Jean Giraud, Ralph Steadman, Goscinny & Uderzo, Arnold Roth, Topor, Frank Zappa, Jack Kirby, and many more…

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