Martin Panchaud, author of the comic strip "The color of things" (Editions Scaetla), received this Saturday the Fauve d'or 2023 from the Angoulême Festival rewarding the best comic book album of the past year.
He succeeds the Brazilian Marcello Quintanilha (Fauve d'or 2022) and his album "Listen, pretty Marcia" (Here and there), the story of a Rio nurse confronted with a gang, which offers a dive into daily violence in Brazil. .
Before awarding the prestigious prize, the festival organization awarded the Fauves d'honneur to mangakas Junji Itô (“Spirale” and “Gyo”) and Ryoichi Ikegami (“Crying Freeman”).
Hajime Isayama (“Attack on the Titans”) received the Fauve “special 50th edition”.
The “Revelation” Prize was awarded to Linnea Sterte for “A Rainette in Autumn” (Editions de la cerf) and the Series Prize to Shuzo Oshimi for “Blood Ties” (Kioon).
And the Fauve d'Or - Prize for Best Album of #FIBD2023 is awarded to…
The color of things by @MartinPanchaud at @Editionscaetla 🥳 #FIBD2023 pic.twitter.com/ztwrzxuALk
— Angoulême Festival (@bdangouleme) January 28, 2023
At the opening of the festival on Wednesday, the designer, screenwriter and filmmaker Riad Sattouf was awarded the Grand Prize of the city of Angoulême, rewarding a comic book author for all of his work.
The sixth volume of his autobiographical comic strip “The Arab of the Future” was also part of the official selection.
Léonie Bischoff and Kathleen Karr received the “Fauve jeunesse” award for their book “La longue marche des dindes” (Rue de Sèvres editions).
Bastien Vives controversy
The 50th edition of the high mass of boxes and bubbles took place from Thursday to Sunday, still a little bruised by the Bastien Vivès controversy but able to count on the success of the manga to attract visitors.
After a canceled 2021 edition and a 2022 edition where attendance suffered from the postponement to an unusual date, the Charente city may have reconnected with its nearly 200,000 visitors from the best years.
You had to be patient on Saturday to enter the Manga City marquee, a vast marquee of more than 3,000 m² erected on the edge of the railway tracks.
The queue stretched in the morning to a street in the popular district of L'Houmeau.
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Same thing near the city center, with a queue that wrapped around the Espace Franquin, for the exhibition of mangaka Junji Ito (Fauve d'honneur), known for his horror drawings.
As for the exhibition devoted to “Attack on Titans”, at the media library near the TGV station, it has been sold out since mid-January, despite an entry ticket.
Despite this success, The Mecca of comics has not completely succeeded, leaving behind the controversy Bastien Vivès, author of comics targeted by several complaints for "dissemination of child pornography images".
These complaints had led the organization of the festival to cancel, in mid-December, an exhibition dedicated to him, "In the eyes of Bastien Vivès", dividing the world of comics.
“There was a legitimate reaction against an attitude that was unacceptable” and “insulting remarks” from this author, reacted Thursday the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul-Malak, at the opening of the festival.