From our continental correspondent – No French president next year: the Angouleme short list
The election committee for the Angoulême Grand Prix had whittled down the long list to three names, BoDoi reports. One thing is certain : the président for next year’s edition of the festival will not be French. The following luminaries have made it to the short list : Calvin And Hobbes‘ Bill Watterson, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and wizard extra-ordinaire Alan Moore.
All in all, it looks like the festival powers-that-be are aiming at a catch-up move, which in the case of Watterson, almost 20 years after the publication of his final strip, is a bit less than timely.
All registered creators for the festival are now invited to cast their vote before February 1st. Contrary to earlier reports, there will not be a dual voting system, with creators and the Académie voting separately. Sixteen members of said Académie (Florence Cestac, Willem, Philippe Druillet, José Munoz, Enki Bilal, François Schuiten, René Pétillon, André Juillard, Daniel Goossens, Frank Margerin, Philippe Vuillemin, Martin Veyron, Jean-C. Denis, Baru, François Boucq and Philippe Dupuy) have issued a statement saying that they regret the new procedure and therefore abstain their vote this year. Quite remarkably, present président Willem is among those in dissent.
I guess that will make for a quite exciting festival.