Women win at the Angoulême International Comics Festival

At the 46th edition of the Angoulême International Comics Festival, judges gave Rumiko Takahashi the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême. 

Sara Saidi
Sara Saidi NewsMavens, France
Women win at the Angoulême International Comics Festival - NewsMavens
Rumiko Takahashi, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

The Japanese manga artist is 61 years old and is only the second woman ever to win the comics festival Grand Prix. The first one was Florence Cestac in 2000. Claire Bretécher also won a special prize in 1983. 

This year the festival wanted to honour manga author Rumiko Takahashi. Called "the queen of manga", she has sold more than 200 million copies of her manga.

Women’s lack of representation in the festival has led to criticism over recent years. In 2016, cartoonist Riad Sattouf withdrew from the competition to denounce the absence of women in the list of nominations and the hashtag #WomenDoBD was created. 

Furthermore, a collective of more than 250 women cartoonists and authors have gathered since 2015 to fight against sexism in the comics world. 

This year, women cartoonists are not only present, they are making waves. American cartoonist Emil Ferris, was given the Fauve d’or prize on January 26, for the best comic book with her first graphic novel "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters" (Moi, ce que j’aime, c’est les monstres). She is the 6th woman to win the price since 1974. The last woman winner was Franco-Iranian author Marjanne Satrapi, in 2005 for "Poulet aux prunes". 

Details from the story:

  • For the 46th edition of the Angoulême International Comics Festival, judges gave the Grand prix 2019 to a woman.
  • She is second woman to win the comics festival Grand prix.
  • Rumiko Takahashi has  sold more than 200 million copies of her manga and is called the "queen of manga".
  • Women’s non representation in Angoulême international comics festival, has led to criticism. 
  • In 2016, cartoonist Riad Sattouf withdrew from the competition to denounce the absence of women in the list of nominations. And the hashtag #WomenDoBD was created.
  • A collective of women comic creators against sexism was created to fight against sexism in comics world. 
  • Emil Ferris, was given the Fauve d’or price for best comics book. She is the 6th woman to win this price since 1974.
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