Culture. Alexandre Astier president of the jury of the 50th Angoulême Comics Festival

For its 50th edition, the Angoulême International Comic Strip Festival has invited… Alexandre Astier!

Le Lyonnais, creator of the cult television series kaamelott and scriptwriter of the homonymous comic book saga, will preside over the Grand Jury of this jubilee, which will take place from January 26 to 29.

Mangas and young people in the spotlight

Mangas, the future of comics and social networks will be honored in this 2023 edition of the Angoulême festival, the main global meeting point for the sector. “For 50 years, the festival has been immersed in an endless fight for the legitimacy of comics,” recalled Franck Bondoux, general delegate of the festival, during a press conference organized this Monday in the large oval room of the BNF Richelieu, in Paris. . “The comic strip that has entered the National Library of France, the Louvre, the Center Pompidou or the Collège de France, is well regarded as a book. There have been very significant advances. »

Franck Bondoux highlighted that the global turnover in 2021 of digital comics has surpassed that of printed ones and estimated that “the festival must consider how to establish contacts with the new generations, especially through social networks. “We think of this 50th edition as the first of a new era. There will be no major retrospective exhibition during this 50th Festival. We will be looking towards the future and towards young people”, added the general delegate of the Angoulême Festival.

He announced a large youth district of several thousand m2 and the creation of a Twitch channel, with also a rollout of the festival on TikTok. An application will now allow you to follow the news of the event in real time for the first time.

Several renowned “mangakas” (manga authors) will be present in Angoulême, while a large exhibition will be dedicated to the Japanese Ryoichi Ikegami, still active at almost 80 years of age. The work of the Canadian Julie Doucet, a pioneer of alternative and feminist comics, will also be the subject of an exhibition. In addition, the festival will honor the profession of comic strip colorist.

Works by the Japanese Masakazu Ishiguro, the French Anouk Ricard, Riad Sattouf and Timothée Ostermann, the German Jens Harder, the American Joshua Cotter, the Belgian-Moroccan Aniss El Hamouri or the Spanish Ximo Abadia are in the official selection.

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