The French Comics Association (FCA) announces the second year of the French Comics Framed Festival, October 4-9th, with the proclamation that “French Comics Kiss Better!” A week-long festival, day-to-night around NYCC, celebrating the Franco-Belgian comics tradition and boundary-breaking storytelling.
The newly elected incoming President of the Association, Jean Paciulli of Glénat, will lead this envoy of European creators. As he says, “the festival is a huge opportunity to present the French culture of bande dessinée. As the third worldwide comics industry, we bring many years of literary heritage, from beloved characters like Astérix, Tintin and the Smurfs, to new original graphic novels. I’m honored and excited to present the creators on this 2017 tour, whose bande dessinée explore every subject, from adventure stories to social issues, with audacious talent.”
“Francophone comics are having something of a moment,” reports Blastr. At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, comiXology CEO David Steinberger called for “the ‘French Invasion’ of comics in the English language market.” In Fall 2016, FCA’s inaugural Comics Framed Festival brought “an incredible lineup of talent” (The Beat) to New York City, “showcasing the best of French comics today,” recalled Bénédicte de Montlaur, cultural counselor of the French Embassy. “France has a special relationship with New York, epitomized by the Statue Of Liberty, and revitalized by the French Institute,” reported Bleeding Cool on the inaugural tour.
This October 2017, French comics return! Visit FCA booth #1669 at New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2017 (10/5-10/8), located at the Javits convention center, for book-signings, free prints and swag. Don’t miss an exclusive talk-back with clips from the upcoming IFC release of the film Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Ianucci and based on the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury, including both director and writer. IFC Films will install a movie set-piece on the show-floor for con-goers to take photos with “Stalin!” French creators are featured on over six (6) official NYCC programs, from Heidi MacDonald’s Publishers Weekly presents “European Invasion,” to an adventurous YA line-up joined by Scott Westerfeld, Ngozi Ukazu, and Nidhi Chanani, with educator Adam Kullberg.
The FCA is honored to join NYCC’s new professional programming strand hosted by the American Library Association at the New York Public Library, to present “Bande Dessinée 101” with international cartoonists in discussion, moderated by Meg Lemke. Following, teachers and librarians are invited to join a mixer with comics talent, co-sponsored by First Second Books and the Pop Culture Classroom, where groups will come up with lesson ideas around graphic novels.
Whether or not you join the cosplay crowd daily on the far west side, comics fans won’t want to miss what happens at night. Every evening, venture out to parties and innovative, interactive events and discover how French Comics Kiss Better.
Kick it off on Wednesday night at Columbia University’s Butler Library, learning how international creators went from “DIY to a Career in Comics” headlined by France’s “King of Comics,” Zep, of the internationally bestselling Titeuf series, joined by Americans like self-publishing phenomenon Julia Wertz and “BD expert” Terence Irvins. Thursday evening, enjoy a glass of wine at the Albertine Bookstore as you join in the “Imagined Worlds” sketch party, with live models in fantastical costumes, culminating with a collective pop-up exhibit, where participants can hang their newly created art on the walls of the French Embassy. Friday, head to the Society of Illustrators for a “Comics Cabaret,” theatrical reading of comics by the FCA touring creators, with help from talented friends like Vampire Cowboy director/actor Robert Ross Parker, emcee’d by American cartoonists Katie Skelly and Alex de Campi. The weekend brings the tour to Brooklyn for PEN America’s Lit Crawl on Saturday in Fort Greene, where artists will perform “quick draw” interviews in Worth A Thousand Words with The New Yorker‘s Emily Flake. Finally, don’t miss the Books Kinokuniya “NYCC after-party” on Monday.