Men Only?

January 7, 2016 in General


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BD Égalité called for a boycott of the 2016 event and twelve of the men nominated for the award have subsequently withdrawn their names in support of the boycott.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


2 responses to Men Only?

  1. Thanks for putting this up Steve. I don’t know what percent of full-time cartoonists are female. The ones I do know are pretty damn good. Why aren’t there more ? Might be because for years and years cartooning’s been perceived as a blokey sort of job. It obviously is in Angouleme. Those responsible for the petty statement should come to a PCO committee meeting.

  2. A further development. The list has been scrapped entirely and voters can now put in any name they like. Expect a few co-orinated campaigns in response.

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