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This exhibition presents a selection of over 80 graphic novel illustrations from Franco-Belgian works. Staged under the beautiful arcades of the iconic Foundation Building of The Cooper Union, renowned for its programs in arts and architecture, it offers a journey through the formal and thematic evolutions of comics published in Paris and Brussels over the past 70 years. From Lucky Luke and Astérix to groundbreaking structural innovations by artists such as Fred (Philémon), and to the new scene of French comics today, with images from cutting-edge artists such as Julie Maroh, David B., and Pénélope Bagieu, the exhibition includes works for all audiences, from science fiction and fantasy to works of intimate realism. Most of these works have attracted U.S. publishers’ attention and have been translated into English.
Entitled French Comics Framed and divided into three sections, the exhibition aims to expose the varied architectures that structure the design and narrative of the bande dessinée form.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7pm – PANEL
RECONSTRUCTING COMIX: THE “ARCHITECTURE” OF FRANCO-BELGIAN GRAPHIC NARRATIVES, FROM TINTIN TO TODAY
Featuring Matz, Philippe Ostermann, Nicolas Otero, Matthieu Bonhomme, Nadia Gibert and Anne Simon
For the first time, the French Comics Association exhibits at NYCC. Don’t miss our blue, white and red booth featuring a wide selection of Franco-Belgian comics in English translation from your favorite U.S. publishers. Our acclaimed artists will present their innovative works and bestselling books and will welcome you to signings.
Enter our giveaway to win comics, tickets for a VIP event and more! Aspiring artists will also
have the opportunity to ask French editors’ advice on their own work.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1:30-2:30pm (ROOM 1B03)
DRAWING FROM THE WORLD: FRANCO-BELGIAN COMICS IN GLOBAL CONTEXT
Featuring Arthur de Pins, François Boucq, Alessandro Barbucci, Stéphane Créty, Asaf Hanuka, Matz, Nicolas Otero
Moderated by Matt Madden (author of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:30-6:30pm (ROOM 1A05)
COMICSBEAT PRESENTS: THE EUROPEAN COMICS INVASION
Featuring Heidi MacDonald, Jean-Marc Rochette, Arthur de Pins, Simon Fraser, Leeann Hamilton
Twin brothers Asaf and Tomer Hanuka discuss their opposing approaches to storytelling and
their collaborative work on The Divine. Asaf Hanuka just won an Eisner Award for The Realist at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
J.-C. Mézières, creator of the classic series Valérian and Laureline, will discuss his role in Luc Besson’s 2017 film adaptation, and J.-M. Rochette will detail his involvement in the Snowpiercer movie (with Chris Evans). Matz will explain how The Warriors director Walter Hill’s unproduced screenplays became comics, and Arthur de Pins and Etienne Davodeau will speak about indie adaptations.
Accompanying the current exhibition Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, this discussion will focus on the ever-lively and inventive world of French cartooning. Who is the Parisian Roz Chast (if there is one)? What are the major themes and latest projects coming out of France?
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The French Comics Association brings together many of the major publishers of French comics, including Dargaud, Casterman, Delcourt, Dupuis, Futuropolis, Gallimard BD, Glénat, Le Lombard, Rue de Sèvres, Soleil and Steinkis. As part of its mission to promote Franco-Belgian comics in the United States and worldwide, the association aims to promote comics translated into English, to support the U.S. publishing industry, and to stimulate cultural exchanges on the basis of literature and visual narratives.
The French Comics Association is supported by the Centre National du Livre, the Bureau International de l’Édition Française, the Syndicat National de l’Édition and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
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