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Angouleme Responds to Lack of Women in Grand Prix by Reducing Number of Men to 21

Written by Jude Terror on Wednesday, January 06 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Angouleme Responds to Lack of Women in Grand Prix by Reducing Number of Men to 21

9 nominees have asked for their names to be removed from the ballot in protest.

Source: Robot 6

In an odd move in response to the controversy surrounding the nomination of 30 men and 0 women for the Grand Prix du Festivale d'Angouleme, a French comics award that translates roughly as "Cheese of a Particularly Pungent Odor," the festival has not added women to the ballot, but instead removed men. In an even odder move, the method they used to reduce the number of men was to disgust them so badly that the men publicly asked for their names to be removed from the list of nominations.

According to a report from Robot 6, who are doing a far better job on this than us in terms of comprehensive coverage, but conversely a poorer job in terms of puns involving Jean Van Hamme, nine of the artists nominated for the lifetime achievement award have asked for their names to be removed from the ballot, including Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Riad Sattouf, Joann Sfar, Milo Manara, Pierre Christin, Etienne Davodeau, and Christophe Blain, either on their own or in conjunction with their publishers.

However, feeling that the number of men has not quite been reduced enough, Angouleme executive officer and person who, statistically, probably really enjoys the work of mimes, Franck Bondoux, decided to make some even more insulting comments in hopes that more of the male nominees would ask for their names to be removed in protest (or at least, that's the only logical reason we could think of for saying such ridiculous things).

"Unfortunately, there are few women in the history of comics. That's the reality. Similarly, if you go to the Louvre, you will find few women artists," Bondoux told a French newspaper before lying that Marjane Satrapi, whose name was removed from the ballot this year, was excluded because she is no longer making comics, even though the award was given to Bill Watterson in 2014 despite the fact that Watterson had effectively retired from comics nearly twenty years earlier. Bondoux then had to excuse himself from the interview as his pants had suddenly burst into flames.

In France, comics are serious business (though before you think of that too proudly you should consider that so is the comedy of Jerry Lewis), so even the French Minister of Culture and graduate of the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Fleur Pellerin, was driven to comment, saying she was "a little disturbed" by the lack of women on the list. Daniel Clowes was more blunt, calling the affair "a ridiculous, embarrassing debacle." Several of the other nominees who asked for their names to be removed also made scathing comments, which you can read at the source link above.

UPDATE: "The Great One" Brian Bendis has now also joined the boycott of the awards.

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