January 7th, 2016

women and the angoulême grand prix

What a scandal! France's top comics prize, a major feature of its annual Angoulême International Comics Festival announced its 30 nominees for the Grand Prize... and not one of them was a woman. At least ten of the nominees withdrew their names, and the festival is grudgingly backtracking and adding some women to the list. In Britain, I know we tend to look up to the French comics culture because it's so much more developed and generally popular than in Britain, but the prize revealed a real core where it's still a very old-fashioned men's club.

Whenever there's an international comics furore, it's always a clue to jump onto Twitter to see if anyone's drawing anything. And some did!

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