Author Archives: Matthias Wivel


A Child of the Revolution

In The Arab of the Future, the French-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf remembers an errant childhood spent in France, as well as the Libya of Muammar Gaddafi and the Syria of Hafiz al-Assad. Continue reading


Angoulême Year Zero

Angoulême 2015 will be remembered chiefly for having taken place under the hovering specter of terrorism. But beyond that, it was a memorable year in several respects: a year of protest, reform, and even cautious optimism. Continue reading

Lines at security checkpoints at the Cité de la Bande Dessinée

Angoulême Flashpoint?

It’s now Saturday and people are here in force. Continue reading

From the press conference on the Chinese partnership. Festival director Franck Bondoux fifth from left, the mayor of Guandong to his immediate right.

Angoulême est Charlie; Chinese Partnership; Otomo Grand Prix

A report from the first day of the Angoulême festival. Continue reading

Trafalgar Square, London, January 12: the day after the big demonstration against the murders in Paris. The graffito on the National Gallery facade reads "Freedom for ARTISTS"


Our European correspondent on Charlie Hebdo and the attacks upon it, with attention paid to freedom of speech, iconoclasm, offensive cartoons, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. Continue reading


The Tears of the Prophet

A critical look at the heavily anticipated, seven-million-print-run issue of Charlie Hebdo published in the wake of the Paris attacks Continue reading


The Cage Stands As Before: The Comics of Yvan Alagbé

The elusive French-Beninese comics artist Yvan Alagbé returns to expand upon his 1994 masterwork Les Nègres jaunes. The result is one of the most intricate, challenging, and moving grand family narratives in comics. Continue reading


Trondheim on the Angoulême Grand Prix

The outspoken cartoonist (and former Grand Prix winner) addresses controversies surrounding the festival’s most prestigious award. Continue reading