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French Comics Take Chicago

The French Comics Association is pleased to bring acclaimed francophone and other international graphic novelists to Chicago for the American Library Association Annual Conference, “the premier global library event  bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world.”

The FCA recognizes the importance of libraries in American schools, universities, and as community centers—and the influence and expertise of librarians, who have been advocates for the rising trend of graphic novel publishing.

This trip will offer fans a rare opportunity to meet internationally best-selling authors and illustrators, along with their French and North American publishers. On stages and at educational sessions, social events on and off-site of the conference, join us to discover the beauty of Bande Dessinée.

Featured creators: Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Pénélope Bagieu, Jérémie Royer, David Etien, and Stefano Turconi & Teresa Radice.

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American Library Association Annual Conference #ALAAC17

Discover the beauty of Bande Dessinée at #ALAA17! The French Comics Association and Europe Comics introduce an international envoy of authors and illustrators with new releases, translated to English, and perfect for large and small library collections.

From Tintin to Persepolis to ValerianFrench comics translate into bestsellers, growing new readers and library circulation. For fans and new readers to the Graphic Novel form, visit the French Comics Association at Booth #1229.

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Comics That Kiss Better: Chicago Welcome Party! Thursday, June 22nd

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and the French Comics Association host a cross-cultural celebration with crinks, crawings, and Bande Dessinée!

Welcome European cartoonists to the Windy City: Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer, David Etien, Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi—with Chicago-land favorites Ivan Brunetti and Keiler Roberts.

Live readings of projected comics, emcee’d by Aaron Renier, plus book-signings, (cash) bar, and the chance to chat with incredible international artists. Bring your sketchbook. Mingle with French and European publishing professionals and the Chicago alternative comics community.

Thursday, June 22nd
7pm – 9pm (after-party location TBA)
At Sector 2337 / 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

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Friday, June 23rd #ALAAC17

Exhibit hours 5:30 – 7:30pm

Sessions

Read More, Read Better: Learning with Comics and Graphic Novels

11am – 4pm

McCormick Place, W183a

Afternoon educational forum on teaching with comics, co-sponsored by Pop Culture in the Classroom and the Children’s Book Council, with keynote by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Yang. Interactive panels offered on topics like the grammar of comics, content-area literacy, teaching STEM with graphic nonfiction, and books that “Spark Change.” Meet the creators: Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer, David Etien, and Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi.

 

Signings

at Booth #1229

5:30-6:30pm: Guy Delisle. Open the conference by meeting “one of the greatest modern cartoonists” (The Guardian), creator of Pyongyang, Jerusalem, and Hostage.

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Saturday, June 24th #ALAAC17

Exhibit hours 9am – 5pm

At #ALAA17: Do it the French way.

Stop by in the morning for croissantsand all day for captivating comics.

 

Stages

The Rise of Graphic Novels for Kids in Europe and the USA

9:30 – 10:20am

Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

European and American publishers and authors discuss the emergence of the format and its phenomenal rise internationally in the past decade. They will also look at the differences and similarities of working in comics in Europe and the USA. Introducing the Italian creative team Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi, with their award-winning Globetrotting Viola, joined by their publisher Marco Bernardini, author and First Second editorial director Mark Siegel (Five Worlds), and Eisner and Caldecott Award winner Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost and Leave Me Alone!). Signing by Radice & Turconi, following panel, at Booth #1229

 

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Graphic Memoirs: How Non-fiction Graphic Novels Bring Real Lives to Life

10:30 – 11:30am

McCormick Center Room W175b

Featuring award-winning creators Guy Delisle (Hostage), Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’) and Jérémie Royer (Audubon: On the Wings of the World). The graphic novel is a powerful vehicle for biography and memoir, as they can often get to the heart of the subject faster and more dynamically than prose. With images as the heart of the narrative, readers are allowed a far more intimate look into the subject’s life. In this panel comics creators will explain how they approached their subjects, how they decided what to leave out and what to include, and the extent to which they inserted themselves into the narrative. As graphic narratives find a more prominent place in classrooms, graphic memoirs offer another access to the fascinating world of biography. Moderated by Meg Lemke. All authors will sign books, following session, at Booth #1229

 

Signings

At Booth #1229

10:30 – 11:30am: Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi (Globetrotting Viola)

11:45 – 12:45pm: Guy Delisle (Hostage), Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’) and Jérémie Royer (Audubon)

1 – 2pm: Marguerite Abouet (Akissi and Aya of Yop City) and David Etien (The Baker Street Four)

3 – 4pm: Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’)

 

At partner publishers

1 – 2pm: Guy Delisle (Hostage) at Drawn & Quarterly Booth #2716

2:30 – 3pm: Marguerite Abouet (Akissi and Aya of Yop City) at Nobrow booth #3121A

3:30 – 4:30pm: Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City) at Drawn & Quarterly Booth #2716

 

Off-site Events in Chicago

100% Made in Europe: An Art Exhibit

International School of Comics Chicago

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4-6pm artist presentations

6-9pm refreshments and mingling

Location: 1651 W. Hubbard St, Chicago, IL, 60622

Launch party with opening group lecture, introducing a month-long exhibit featuring Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi’s Globetrotting Viola, David Etien’s The Baker Street Four, and Jérémie Royer’s Audubon: On the Wings of the World. 

 

Book Lovers Extravaganza

The Book Cellar, Lincoln Square

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6:30 – 9pm

Location: 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Hosted by Reading Group Choices at a popular independent bookstore: “speed dating” with authors. All readers are welcomeyou don’t need to belong to a book group to join, though you may want to start one after! Featuring Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’) and Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City

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Sunday, June 25th #ALAAC17

Exhibit hours 9am – 5pm

Stages

How to Write for Children and Young Adults

9:30 – 10:20am

Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

An overview of graphic novels for kids and teens, from classics like Tintin, Boule & Bill, to contemporary favorites such as Marguerite Abouet’s Akissi and Aya of Yop City, and new releases like The Baker Street Four illustrated by David Etien and Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Jérémie Royer.

How do you think up a story for a three-year-old, an eight-year-old or a young-adult? When illustrators work with writers, how do they shape the art to the story–and open a young reader’s imagination with the art? Moderated by rockstar librarian and children’s author Betsy Bird (Funny Girl). Free signed prints and books for purchase. Signing will continue at Booth #1229.

 

French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives

3 – 3:50pm

Chapter One Stage

Comics have always inspired movies. Though Superhero characters such as Captain America, Batman, and The Fantastic Four have traditionally dominated the silver screen, a more literary trend is now evolving. Producers and directors have discovered new ways of telling stories. In this panel, leading international comic artists Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City), David Etien (The Baker Street Four), and publishers Olivier Jalabart (Glénat) from France and Robert Ballantyne (Arsenal Pulp Press) from America discuss how graphic novels can offer new inspiration to the cinema – from very intimate stories (like Blue is the Warmest Color) to major sci-fi movies (Valerian) and animated features. Moderated by Matt Madden (Drawn Onward).

Free signed prints and books for purchase! Signing will continue at Booth #1229.

 

Liberties at work and Creator’s ownership

3:30 – 4:20pm

Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

Join renowned international artists Guy Delisle (Hostage), Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’) and Jessica Abel (Trish Trash) in a lively cross-cultural discussion around the differences in creative process and publishing cultures in France and the USA: freedom of choices, schedules, production, printing, etc. What does it means to be a French Artist?

Authors will also consider the concept of ownership in France and in the USA: To whom does the work belong? What are the rights of an artist over their work? With Philippe Ostermann (Dargaud) and moderated by John Shableski (Eisner Foundation). Free signed prints and books for purchase. Signing will continue at Booth #1229.

 

Sessions

Universal Language of Comics: Culture and Creation Beyond America

1 – 2:30pm

Hyatt Regency McCormick, Jackson Park/CC 10AB

Comics are hugely popular throughout the world and every country has its own unique comics culture. The medium of comics, though, also allows a uniquely universal platform to bridge cultures and explore our common ground. A diverse panel of comics creators and professionals discuss how fan culture and creator processes differ beyond America and how the medium and its fans cross cultural divides. Featuring Marguerite Abouet (Akissi), Teresa Radice (Globetrotting Viola), and Nazeli Kyuregyan (Europe Comics). Book signing to follow session at Booth #1229.

 

Signings

At Booth #1229

10:30 – 11:30am: Marguerite Abouet (Akissi), Jérémie Royer (Audubon), David Etien (The Baker Street Four)

2:45 – 3:45pm: Marguerite Abouet (Akissi), Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi (Globetrotting Viola)

4 – 4:30pm: Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City) and David Etien (The Baker Street Four)

4:30 – 5:30pm: Guy Delisle (Hostage), Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’) and Jessica Abel (Trish Trash)

At partner publishers

1 – 2pm Guy Delisle (Hostage) at Drawn & Quarterly Booth #2716

1:30 – 2pm Jérémie Royer (Audubon) at Nobrow booth #3121A

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Monday, June 26th #ALAAC17

Exhibit hours 9am – 2pm

Signings

At Booth #1229
Pre-signed books available and additional author signings to be announced!

Recommended Reading

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A Certain Cervantes, by Christian Lax, Futuropolis

A Certain Cervantes

Back from Afghanistan, where he left an arm, Mike discovers Cervantes's Don Quixote. It's a revelation and the beginning of an epic in the mysterious American deserts.
By : Christian Lax, Futuropolis
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A Strange And Beautiful Sound

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Airborne 44

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Akiko, A Very Special Friend

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Anent

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Angor

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Aquablue: Return to the Source

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Astrid Bromure

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Beautiful Dreamers

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Bikini Atoll

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Body And Soul

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Champions of Albion

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Chronicles of the Vine

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By : Fred Bernard, Glénat
La quête d'Ewilan, Lylian, Pierre Bottero and Baldetti, Glénat

Ewilan’s Quest

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By : Lylian, Baldetti, adapted from Pierre Bottero, Glénat
Magasin Général, by Loisel & Tripp, Casterman

General Store

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Goodbye Up There

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In A Dark Wood

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Infinity8

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Iranian Love Story

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Lanfeust of Troy

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La légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse, Dargaud

Lightness

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Magic 7

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Marie Stuart

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Mexicana

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Modern Speed

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Once Upon A Time In France

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Otto, The Rewritten Man

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Rust

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Servitude

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Stupor Mundi

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L'Appel, by Laurent Galandon & Dominique Mermoux, Glénat

The Call

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Le piano oriental, by Zeina Abirached, Casterman

The Eastern Piano

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The Girl Under The Fantail

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The Last of the Mohicans

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The Ogre-Gods

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The Old Geezers

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Tocqueville, Towards A New World

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Typee

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Yallah Bye

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Marion Montaigne, Delcourt

You Will Die A Smarter Person

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By : Marion Montaigne, Delcourt

AUTHORS

Meet the Creators

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Pénélope Bagieu

Pénélope Bagieu brings humor and a modern sensibility to the stories of young women’s adventures. Bagieu was only 25 years when she became a sensation in the French world of graphic novels with Joséphine, the hilarious story of a 30-something …

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Guy Delisle

Born in Québec City, Canada, in 1966, Guy Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and two children. Delisle spent ten years working in animation, which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. He is …

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Jérémie Royer

Born in Paris in 1979, Jérémie Royer lives in Bruxelles (Belgium) where he studied at the Saint-Luc School of Art. In 2012, he created the Atelier Mille with different comics artists including Flore Balthazar and Thomas Gilbert. In 2016 he published Audubon: On …

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Marguerite Abouet

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1971. At the age of twelve, she was sent to study in France. She lives in a suburb of Paris, and remains closely connected to the country of her birth. Her …

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David Etien

David Etien was born in 1981 near Paris, France. Comics and graphic novels have always been his favorite means of expression. After studying in a Parisian Art school, he worked on feature films such as Persepolis and Lucky Luke. He …

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Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi

Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi, respectively scriptwriter and illustrator, joined forces for the first time in 2003 with the story “Legame invisibile” and from then on their partnership, not only artistic, began. They collaborated for famous comics magazines like Topolino, W.I.T.C.H., …

THE FRENCH COMICS ASSOCIATION

THE FRENCH COMICS ASSOCIATION

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, and Soleil. 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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