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French weekly magazine review 31 January 2016

This week's magazines are all about accusations: the SNCF is being accused of having hidden facts from an ongoing investigation, while French bureaucrats are being accused of "a silent ...
French cartoonist Riad Sattouf, who was among the nominees this year, announced his withdrawal from the prize after the shortlist was revealed to include no women
08/01/2016 - FRANCE

Angoulême festival throws out shortlist after backlash

France’s Angoulême international comics festival has scrapped its shortlist of 30 nominees amid criticism that it contained not a single female artist.

Agrippine, the heroine created by well-known French cartoonist Claire Bretécher-Dargaud
06/01/2016 - FRANCE

Angoulême comics festival faces vote boycott as no women nominated for prize

France's annual comics festival faces a boycott call because not one woman features among the 30 nominees for its annual prize this year.
South Sudan, Mesopotamia and French cartoons
03/10/2015 - The Sound Kitchen

South Sudan, Mesopotamia and French cartoons

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about South Sudan. There’s “On This Day”, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question.
Comic strip books are enjoying a boom in France
26/01/2015 - France

Tight security at Angoulême international comic and cartoon festival after Charlie terrorism

The annual Angoulême international cartoon and comic strip festival, which opens on Thursday, will be held under tight security this year, in the wake of the terrorist attacks at French ...
23/11/2014 - FRANCE

New auction record for Corto Maltese comic book art

French auction house Artcurial announced on Sunday that it had set a world record after it sold a watercolour of the graphic novel hero Corto Maltese for more than 390,000 euros.

This year's French best-seller - Astérix and the Picts
24/01/2014 - France

Astérix beats Fifty Shades as France's 2013 best-selling book

Astérix the Gaul took on all-comers in France's bookshops in 2013, his adventures in Scotland topping the book sales charts with over a million sales.
Homs, 24 July 2012
20/01/2014 - Report: Syria - Turkey

Creative civil society blooms among expatriate Syrians

Many Syrian activists have fled their wartorn country, meaning an end to their contribution to the fight against President Bashar al-Assad on the ground.
An advertisement for Astérix chez les Pictes on the Paris metro
24/10/2013 - France - Scotland

New Asterix adventure takes small Gaul to Scotland

French comic-book hero Asterix and his sidekick Obelix embarks on their first adventure in eight years on Thursday with the publication of five million copies of Asterix and the Picts,

Production is rising for new and classic Francophone comic books
27/12/2012 - France - Belgium - Switzerland

Production surges for French language comic books

More than four thousand new comic book titles were released in the European Francophone market in 2012, the 17th consecutive year of growth.