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When the Angoulême International Comics Festival announced 30 nominees for The Grand Prix, its lifetime achievement award, not one woman appeared on the list.

After the announcement of the nominees, European advocacy group BD Égalité called for a boycott of the 2016 event and twelve of the men nominated for the award have subsequently withdrawn their names in support of the boycott.

In response, the Grand Prix has added two women to its lineup: Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds. However their change of heart has been soured by a rather petty statement pointing out that these two women “received very few votes and came in last.”

You can read more about this embarrassing affair on The Mary Sue website and Jabberworks, Sarah McIntyre’s Live Journal.

 

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