The 39th edition of the Angoulême International Comics Festival will be held from January 26 to 29. Just like in previous years, ArtFx will be present. Students from ArtFx will create a photographic and video journal of this not-to-be-missed event, and ArtFx student creations will be projected at the Soleil publisher’s stand.


A major event within a particular context

Each edition of the Angoulême International Comics Festival is always an essential opportunity for professionals within this field. The 2012 edition is even more important since this field is in the middle of a significant revitalization as it prepares for the increasing number of adaptions for film, television and video games, and anticipates future digital formats and other types of commercial opportunities for a media historically associated with paper and distribution through specialized bookstore circuits.


The highlights of the 2012 edition

This edition will be chaired by cartoonist Art Spiegelman. This year’s event will feature: meetings with other authors and publishers, numerous shows and documentary projections, very eclectic exhibits, and demonstrations around comics and the digital arts.

Fauves d'or award 'The Golden Wildcat'

Fauves d'or award 'The Golden Wildcat'


Of course, we must not forget the presentations of the “Fauves”, the trophies awarded to the officially selected comics each year in the following categories: Best Comic Book, Special Jury Prize, Best Series, Best Newcomer, Views on the World, Audacity, Intergenerational, and FNAC comics.





Additional exhibits are also planned around the festival: a retrospective on Art Spiegelman’s monumental comic “Maus” and on the contribution of the author to the evolution of international comics (including an adventure from the atypical magazine “RAW”).


Other features:
– Taiwanese and Swedish comics,
– Fred, The poetic author of “Philémon”,
– The very dynamic and prolific Hervé Di Rosa,
– Comic book thrillers …
There will also be a transversal exhibit using comic books to reflect on the very idea of Europe, and another on the post-Franco Spanish comic “The Tébéos ” illuminating the unusual path of this 9th art from the Iberian Movida.


Alongside the presentations, the festival will program meetings on careers in comics (in the Young Talent Pavillon for conferences and the presentation of books), appointments with big name 9th art authors like Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Charles Burns, and of course Spiegelman, Mouly, Altarriba, etc., digital colorization demonstrations, documentary screenings and concerts.


The whole event will certainly be monitored daily through the festival’s website, cellphones and a very dynamic Web TV site in recognition of technological broadcasting advancements.


Look for ArtFx at the Soleil stand

For several years now, our partnership with the Soleil publishers has allowed us to develop workshops with our second year students. All of the concerned classes invest themselves in improving their editing, sound mixing and FX animation management skills through the technical exercise of creating trailers based on several comic books coming out this year: “Alamo”, “Ash”,”Nirvana”, “Déluge”, “Khaal” and “Nosferatu”. Our students will also be on-site to create a photographic and video report of the festival.


For more information:

>> The official Festival website
>> The official Soleil publishers website


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[small_button]English version by Danielle Harrell, English teacher for ArtFx[/small_button]