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For its fiftieth version, the Angoulême Worldwide Comics Competition is betting on manga

Manga, Japanese comics, or Japanese-inspired comics, have carved out a spot of alternative amongst booksellers in France in recent times. In 2022 in keeping with the GfK institute, of the 100 best-selling books, 1 / 4 have been manga.

The Worldwide Comics Competition of Angoulême, in western France, is celebrating its fiftieth version, betting on manga to draw crowds, from Thursday to Sunday. Some Belgian authors are within the official choice on the competition.

A “masterclass” by Hajime Isayama

The occasion is the primary exhibition in Europe of Hajime Isayama, creator of “Assault on Titan”, a worldwide success in books and animated sequence. This 36-year-old worldwide manga star will give a “masterclass” on Saturday on the Angoulême theater, which is already full.

Different “mangakas” honored with an exhibition every: Ryoichi Ikegami, 78, well-known for his gangster characters, designer of the sequence “Crying Freeman” amongst others, and Junji Ito, 59, whose work within the he horror has simply been tailored right into a sequence by Netflix (“Maniac by Junji Ito, macabre anthology”).

Manga, Japanese comics, or Japanese-inspired comics, have carved out a spot of alternative amongst booksellers in France in recent times. In 2022 in keeping with the GfK institute, of the 100 best-selling books, 1 / 4 have been manga. The style can be profitable in French-speaking Belgium, the place gross sales have doubled between 2020 and 2021.

Almost 200,000 guests some years

The Manga Metropolis house, a 2,500 m2 pavilion, is a should for followers, with conferences, debates, screenings and even drawing classes. Added to that is Halle 57, redecorated as a big Asian metropolis beneath the identify of Alligator 57.

It is no secret: the well-known Competition struggles to make ends meet, regardless of its practically 200,000 guests in good years, in a metropolis of 42,000 inhabitants.

Recovering attendance appears important after a 2022 version which had suffered from its postponement in March as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. The variety of guests had not been communicated, nevertheless it was visibly decrease than that of the earlier version, in 2020, whereas that of 2021 had been canceled.

Because the departmental day by day identified The free Charente in early January, native authorities and different public companions “ will not be stingy with grants. Relying on the yr, they create between 1.6 and a couple of.2 million euros », or virtually half of the price range.

The Grand Prix awarded on Wednesday

For town of Charente, which has misplaced a very good a part of its industries, the Competition is the showcase of an financial system that depends on artistic studios and cultural tourism.

The spotlight is the annual presentation of the Grand Prize of the Metropolis of Angoulême to an creator consecrated by a vote of his friends for all of his work. The ceremony takes place on Wednesday night. The three contenders this yr are the American Alison Bechdel, the French Catherine Meurisse and the Franco-Syrian Riad Sattouf.

This yr, 85 albums participate within the official competitors of this nice celebration of the Ninth Artwork. These works will need to have been revealed in French and distributed in bookstores between December 1, 2021 and November 30, 2022. They’re divided into six thematic alternatives (Official, Youth, Heritage, different comics, and so on.) and might be eligible for the one of many twelve ultimate prizes, the Fauves d’Angoulême.

The Bastien Vives controversy

Some Belgian authors emerge within the Official choice. The Belgian-Moroccan Aniss El Hamouri is within the operating with the primary quantity of the triptych “They burn” (6 toes beneath). The younger Brussels woman Clara Lodewick publishes a narrative on harassment in rural areas in “Merel” (Dupuis). In “Peau” (right here and there), the Dutch-speaking duo Sabien Clement and Mieke Versyp paint a cross-portrait of two ladies of various generations who meet in a nude drawing course.

The Angoulême Competition has gone by way of many controversies since its creation. This yr, it associated to an exhibition which was to be entitled “Within the eyes of Bastien Vivès”.

The concept that this creator, accustomed to coming to signings, is entitled to this honor has aroused the indignation of petitioners and associations hostile to his work, the place sure titles combine minors and pornography. The exhibition is not going to happen.

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