French publishers threaten to boycott graphic novels festival

French publishers threaten to boycott graphic novels festival

Forty-one French graphic novel publishers have threatened to boycott next year’s Angoulême International Comics Festival unless the organisers revamp the event entirely.

“The (annual) festival has discredited our profession in the eyes of the whole world,” the publishers said in a statement, demanding that new culture minister Audrey Azoulay name a mediator urgently to steer the overhaul.

Exhibitors say they have been signaling recurrent flaws for years, which stem from a lack of “a shared vision and efficient governance.”  Criticisms of the latest edition of the biggest Francophone festi...

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