Author Archives: Matthias Wivel

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

 

Angoulême Flashpoint?

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

 

Angoulême est Charlie; Chinese Partnership; Otomo Grand Prix

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

 

Post-Mortem

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

 

Institution and Individual

The winners in the main categories at this year’s Angoulême festival raise interesting questions about French cartooning and satire. Continue reading