The Angoulême International Comics Festival ended today, and while the winner of the Grand Prix d’Angoulême, Katsuhiro Otomo, was announced on Thursday, the closing ceremony brought the announcements of the official prizes of the festival.
The prize for the best comic of the year (Fauve d’or/Prix du meilleur album) went to Riad Sattouf’s L’Arabe du Futur, the first volume of an autobiographical trilogy about his childhood, which was spent in France and Syria. Chris Ware’s Building Stories was recognized with a special jury prize, which is not given every year, only when the jury wants to draw attention to a work of special merit. The best series prize went to Last Man, which First Second will be releasing beginning in March. And there was a special Freedom of Expression prize, Prix De La Liberté D’Expression, which honored the five Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who were slain on January 7; this prize will be awarded in future years to creators who have advocated for freedom of speech.
Here’s the complete list:
Prix du meilleur album: L’Arabe du Futur
Prix Spécial du Jury: Building Stories
Prix de la Série: Last Man
Prix Révélation (given to an emerging creator): Yekini: Le Roi Des Arènes
Prix du Public Cultura (chosen by customers at Cultura bookstores): Les Vieux Fourneaux
Prix Jeunesse (young readers): Les Royaumes Du Nord, Vol. 1
Prix Polar SNCF (mystery and suspense stories): Petites Coupures A Shioguni
Prix du Patrimoine (reprints of works of historical significance): San Mao: Le Petit Vagabond
Prix de la BD alternative: Dérive Urbaine, Vol. 6
In addition to the official awards, there were several “discovery” prizes:
Prix Jeunes Talents (young creators): First prize: Camille Debray; second prize and women’s prize, Chloé Francisci; third prize, Anna Griot
Prix Challenge Digital: First Prize, Oscar Langevin, for Montagne; second prize, Aude Wiard for Contre toute attente; third prize, Exaheva for Tu ne peux pas te retourner
Prix Révélation Blog: Mlle Karensac for Mais quel est ton but?
Prix Jeunes Talents Poitou-Charentes (young creator from the region): Quentin Jeulin
Prix Concours “A L’Ecole De La BD”: Margaut Shorjian (Prix d’Angoulême de la BD Scolaire), Louis Fourel (Lauréat Prix Graphisme), Catherine Manesse (Lauréat Prix Scénario), Fanny Ehl (Lauréat Prix Coup de Coeur), Thomas Ouedraogo (Lauréat Prix Région)
And there were three prizes that were voted on by students in the local schools:
Prix des Lycées De Poitou-Charentes: Choc
Prix des Collèges De Poitou-Charentes: Alisik
Prix des Ecoles D’Angouleme: Nas Poids Plume
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