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Angouleme Grand Prix Finally Nominated a Woman... YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

Written by Jude Terror on Thursday, January 21 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Angouleme Grand Prix Finally Nominated a Woman... YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

Read the most shocking, outrageous revelation yet about the beleaguered French comics festival!

Source: The Beat

A few weeks back, we reported on the antics of the Grand Prix du Festivale d'Angouleme, a French comics award whose name translates roughly as "stinky cheese which has been dipped in a melted pot of even stinkier cheese." The award was facing strong criticism from the comics community for failing to nominate a single woman in its list of 30 potential lifetime achievement winners, prompting a boycott of the award, creators asking for their names to be removed from the ballot, a series of petulant and insulting responses from the festival, a response to those responses, and, eventually, the spiteful changing of the ballot to an "open vote." The result of that open vote, as reported by The Beat yesterday, is the announcement of three finalists: Hermann, Alan Moore, and Claire Wendling. And while we're positive Alan Moore will refuse the award and potentially hex the festival runners, and we're not sure what Pee Wee has to do with comics at all, Heidi MacDonald wrote:

In case you are curious, Claire Wendling is a woman. Interestingly, she isn't one of the names that was most campaigned for after the disaster of the all male nominee list, but she is certainly credentialed. An astual resident of Angoulême, Wendling won the Alph'Art price at the festival in the past and worked on many comics before moving more into animation, where she's worked on The Quest for Camelot and many video games. Her comics work is a smaller portion of her output than her concept work, but it's all spectacular. In fact, they couldn't have named a more talented nominee.


Upon tweeting her article, Heidi found that the response was far less enthusiastic than the response to articles about the preceding controversy. After noting this on Twitter, a civil discussion (the rarest of Twitter occurrences) broke out between Heidi and fellow journalist Nick Hanover. We like both (which is rare for the field of comics journalism, where we hate almost everyone), and both made some good points that are worth your consideration. Here's the exchange:









Of course, Hanover is right in saying (paraphrased) that those beret-wearing, snail-eating, mime-loving bastards need to be held accountable for the blatant sexism of their original nominee list and subsequent bullshit response, which actually included the quote from Angouleme executive Franck Bondoux: "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." Hanover's also right in implying that big comics media sites likely don't do a great job of promoting creators like Claire Wendling on a regular basis, just as MacDonald pointed out they're failing to do now. And MacDonald is right that Wendling deserves recognition, and also that the public are far more responsive to a "bad" news story than they are to a "good" one.

But to that last, we have a solution: you just need to find the right headline, Heidi. Like this one: "Angouleme Grand Prix Finally Nominated a Woman... YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!"

Now that's how you comics journalism.

That being said, all of this may be a moo point, because it seems that Wendling may not want the award anyway, responding to the nomination on Facebook by saying:



Vous voulez me faire plaisir ?Ne votez plus pour moi. Je vous adore, vraiment . Hein ...Meme les haineux . Enfin non. Des bisous . Pas a tous .vous vous reconnaitrez, restons entre nous. :) <3

Posted by Claire Wendling on Thursday, January 21, 2016



And because Facebook's automatic translation isn't exactly the best:



As MacDonald mentioned in the exchange above, Hermann and Moore have already refused the award, so it looks like Angouleme is getting what they deserve, with none of its three finalists actually wanting to win its stupid award anyway. There's only one thing to say to that: sacré bleu!


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