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Bendis Joins List of Creators to Boycott Angouleme Grand Prix

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

Bendis Joins List of Creators to Boycott Angouleme Grand Prix

"The Great One" responded to a fan question on his tumblr with some snark and a rebuke of the lack of women on the ballot.

Source: Tumblr

Responding to the growing controversy surrounding the presence of exactly zero women on the list of nominees for the Grand Prix du Festivale d'Angouleme (a French comics award that translates roughly as "cheese whose odor can singe the nose hairs of a rhinoceros") American comics artist "The Great One" Brian Bendis, ironically the youngest nominee and yet likely the most well known to American mainstream comics readers, has joined in the boycott of the award. Responding to a question about the controversy on his Tumblr, Bendis posted:

of course. i was obviously quite honored to wake up to the news yesterday. its a list of my heroes and i'm among the youngest on the list. but the lack of female presence certainly does not reflect the reality i live or work in.

i did not rush to withdraw my name at first because i have no idea who runs angouleme, i do not know who put this list together, and i have no idea what the agenda is. was it oversight? was it a mistake? i have so little desire to jump into an internet dust up just because somebody else is. there's way too much of that going on in the world. also to instantly slam down on someone(s?) who, if i may be 'cup half full' for a second, was at least trying to celebrate this art form of which i have dedicated my life seemed rather rude of me.

i also thought being the youngest on the list with the least chance of winning, my self removal would be a VERY shallow gesture. if i remove myself does that mean they WILL put in a female creator? would that creator want the 'honor' at this point? i couldn't think of one female creator who would want it at this point.

then i thought; if everyone bails, i become president of angouleme by default, take the stage, read MY list of thirty female creators who i would pick in a heartbeat, and give it to them like Lindsey lohan breaking up the prom queen crown at the end of mean girls.

but as i drifted off to sleep last night i thought of my daughters. my smart, strong willed daughters who will STILL have to fight for their equal rights and how they will STILL have to fend off some men treating them as objects before they can see them as individuals and how insane it seems to me.

so, with that i join my fellow creators in removing my name from the angouleme grand prix list. i hope the people in charge who, again, i do not know rectify whatever happened that created this mess. i truly thank them for the honor and will gladly accept it once the honor is restored to its full power of inclusion to all creators all over the world.


We'll keep you posted in what we expect will be round-the-clock coverage of nominees boycotting the award, which now number 10, one third of the total list of nominees. We pray to the gods of comedy that this coverage does not exhaust our ability to come up with stinky-cheese-based fake translations of the award's name.

Here's the list of nominees who have removed themselves from the ballot so far:

  • Daniel Clowes
  • Chris Ware
  • Charles Burns
  • Riad Sattouf
  • Joann Sfar
  • Milo Manara
  • Pierre Christin
  • Etienne Davodeau
  • Christophe Blain
  • "The Great One" Brian Bendis


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