Alan Moore, Claire Wendling and Hermann have been named as finalists for the Angouleme International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix.
The announcement arrives two weeks after the unveiling of an all-male list of nominees for the festival’s top honor sparked calls for a boycott, leading 12 creators to ask that their names be withdrawn from consideration.
Under fire, organizers briefly offered up a revised list that included six female creators, only to quickly change course and announce academy members could vote for whomever they like.
That brings us to the three finalists: Moore, the British writer of such acclaimed comics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell; Wendling, the celebrated French artist known for the Lights of Amalou graphic novel series and her work in game design; and Hermann, the pen name of Belgian artist Hermann Huppen, best known for his work on Bernard Prince, Les Tours de Bois-Maury and Jeremiah.
This is the third year in a row Moore has been a finalist (he announced in 2014 he would decline the prize if selected), and the second for Hermann.
Considered France’s top comics honor, the Grand Prix is a lifetime achievement award. The winner traditionally serves as president of the jury for the following year’s festival.
Voting, which started today, will continue through Sunday. The winner will be announced during the 43rd Angouleme International Comics Festival, held Jan. 28-31.
(via The Beat)