The Rendez-vous international de la BD de Gatineau: Ten Years of Comic Happiness

Official Press Release

The Salon du livre de l'Outaouais team held a press conference to announce the launch of the 10th Rendez-vous international de la bande dessinee de Gatineau (RVIBDG), which will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, from October 9 to 12, in the Theatre Foyer at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

With the Mayor of Gatineau, Marc Bureau, media representatives and some 50 guests in attendance, the organizers of this exciting event announced the twelve guest comic book writers who, throughout the tenth annual Rendez-vous with 9e Art, will share their passion with French and English audiences from the Outaouais region. From Europe, Frenchmen LOUSTAL (Kid Kongo, White Sonya, Coronado, etc.) and Lewis TRONDHEIM (Donjon and Lapinot) rub shoulders with Swiss Christophe BERTSCHY (Smax and Nelson) and Belgian Christian DURIEUX (Avel, Foudre, Oscar, etc.). On this side of the Atlantic, English Canada is proudly represented by a Grand Dame of Comics, Lynn JOHNSTON (For Better or For Worse) and Ottawan Ronn SUTTON (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, etc.). To this impressive line-up, we can add at least six Quebec talents: Francis DESHARNAIS (Burquette), Jean-Philippe MORIN (Archibald le cannibale, L'Astronaute and Docteur Big Love), Gabriel MORRISSETTE (Northguard, Daisy Dreamer, Égide, etc.), Daniel SHELTON (BEN)-a surprise guest at the 10th Rendez-vous de la BD-and finally Nicolas BOUCHER, alias Nicoco B. (DAÏMON, les memoires de Nick Butch) and Myriam ROY (Nouvelle Ère), both holders of Bachelor degrees in Comics from the École multidisciplinaire de l'image (Universite du Quebec en Outaouais) and next-generation guests.

Having generously and enthusiastically responded to the invitation from the Rendez-vous de la BD team, some 15 script writers and artists will be joining our guests on the festival site. It will be thus with great pleasure that we will welcome Jean-Sebastien Berube, Serge Brouillet, Alain Champagne, Philippe Davèze, Tristan Demers, Cyril Doisneau, Tom Fowler, Caroline Frechette, Normand Gregoire, Jocelyn Jalette, Michel Rabagliati, Paul Roux, Craig A. Taillefer, and Stanley Wany.

For the tenth consecutive year, visitors to the 10th RVIBDG will have access to a vast selection of comic strip albums in both English and French at exhibitor booths. Moreover, comic book creators and visiting authors will be happy to meet their fans during a special book-signing.

To celebrate this tenth anniversary, the RVIBDG programming team is proposing this year a wide range of FREE ACTIVITIES including several new events that will attract young and not-so-young aficionados of 9e Art. In fact, in addition to traditional games, live drawings, round tables and other interviews, visitors can have their portrait sketched by caricaturist Robert Lafontaine, attend two "animated" meetings-in English with Lynn Johnston and in French with Lewis Trondheim, paying homage to Asterix, who is celebrating his 50th birthday, participate in a manga drawing workshop, discover the joys of Comics-DVD Terik Ryder or, on October 11 and 12, take your family to see a number of animated films at the Museum Theatre.

As for exhibitions, Paul Roux and Lynn Johnston will present an assortment of their drawings on the main site of the Rendez-vous de la BD, whereas Loustal will show his skill at the art gallery of the Alliance française d'Ottawa, which will welcome the public on Friday, October 9 for a show. Fans of the "new" comics will enjoy attending a talk presented by Marc Tessier and Stanley Wany on Friday, October 9 at the Pavillon Lucien-Brault of the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, or even to "attend to the body" with the Studio cooperatif Premières Lignes team during a "Murder-Mystery" evening on Saturday, October 10, at the Maison des auteurs.

No doubt the tenth annual Rendez-vous international de la BD de Gatineau will be the ideal time for neophytes and for connoisseurs of comics to meet up with friends and family and completely enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend.

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