Publishers Oogachtend recently concluded a deal with the French publishing house Casterman to introduce two graphic novels by Maarten Vande Wiele, ‘Paris’ and ‘Monsieur Bermutier’, to the French market.
Herr Seele paints in Cézanne’s studio
In April, graphic artist Herr Seele, known for his comics character Cowboy Henk, will have the chance of a few days painting in the studio of painter Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), in Aix-en-Provence.
‘La Boîte à Gand’ Goes Down a Storm in Angoulême
From 31 January to 3 February, the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) was present at the international comic festival in Angoulême for the seventh time, promoting Flemish graphic novels. This year, the festival was celebrating its 40th edition, with a major overview exhibition on the work of Uderzo, the spiritual father of Asterix and Obelix, and withSouth Koreaas a guest country. But the real talk of the town was, without doubt, the exhibition ‘La Boîte à Gand,’ an FLF initiative, in collaboration with the Flemish Representation in Paris and Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT).
Flanders causes fireworks again in Angoulême
Flanders is planning to cause fireworks again during the international comic festival in Angoulême, which takes place between 30 January and 3 February. The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) will be distributing the free magazine Bangarang and presenting the already much-discussed exhibition, La Boîte à Gand. Brecht Evens, the internationally acclaimed author of such works as, ‘Ergens waar je niet wil zijn’ [The Wrong Place] and ‘De liefhebbers’ [The Making Of], is the curator. He is introducing four compagnons de route, with whom he studied illustration at the Saint Lucas Art School in Ghent. A few months ago, Benoît Mouchart, Angoulême’s artistic director, came to Ghent especially to meet the five. ‘I can see now that it will be the most exceptional exhibition at Angoulême 2013,’ he said. And not only the festival itself but also the Flemish and French press are already showing enthusiasm.
Two nominations for graphic novelists
During 'bd Boum', the 29th Blois comics festival in France, the Association des Critiques et des journalistes de Bande Dessinée announced the shortlist of 5 graphic novels for the 'Grand Prix de la Critique 2013'. One of the nominated books is the French edition of Judith Vanistendael's 'When David Lost his Voice', translated by Hélène Robbe and published by Le Lombard.
‘La Boîte à Gand’ presents young talent in Angoulême
The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) presents 'La Boîte à Gand', an exhibition of young comic strip talents during the annual comic strip festival of Angoulême. The festival takes place from Thursday 31 January until Sunday 3 February 2013. Young comic artist Brecht Evens was invited to act as curator of this exhibition. He was given carte blanche and chose to set up a dialogue with comic artists of his own generation: Brecht Vandenbroucke, Lotte Vandewalle, Sarah Yu Zeebroek and Hannelore Van Dijck.
Plunk in China
Next year the wordless running gag Plunk will be published in the Chinese magazine for the young 'Good Children Pictorial'. This magazine is spread on a large scale in one of the northern provinces of China. The print run is 180,000 copies. Plunk will get a prominent place on the back cover.
Helsinki Comics Festival focuses on Belgian comics
The 27th Helsinki Comics Festival takes place on the 7th - 9th of September 2012 at Lasipalatsi Square, Kiasma and nearby venues in Central Helsinki. The theme this year is "9 - Comics as an art form", and the focus country is Belgium.
English translations for graphic novel authors Maarten Vande Wiele, Brecht Evens and Judith Vanistendael
The success of Flemish graphic novel authors abroad seems unstoppable. Following the English translations of Olivier Schrauwen's 'The Man Who Grew His Beard' (Fantagraphics) and Nix' 'Kinky & Cosy' (NBM), that has been nominated twice for an Eisner Award, three new English translations by Flemish authors are to be released in the next two months.
Flemish graphic novel authors Nix and Brecht Evens have been nominated for three categories of the Eisner Awards, a prestigious series of American comics awards that are also known as 'the Oscars of Comics'.