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Angouleme gives it up for Art Spiegelman
 
Art Spiegelman, center, discusses the original drawings of French artist Edmond Francois Calvo with Jean-Pierre Mercier. (DOS photo)

Art Spiegelman, center, discusses the original drawings of French artist Edmond Francois Calvo with Jean-Pierre Mercier. (DOS photo)

Taking a break during the visit to the Comic Book Museum. (DOS photo)

Taking a break during the visit to the Comic Book Museum. (DOS photo)

Thousands of comic book fans from the world over were able to see original works by one of their favorite American artists, Art Spiegelman, during this year’s International Comic Book Festival held in Angouleme, Jan. 26-29.

Spiegelman, who was the 39th Festival’s chairman of the jury this past year, and his wife, Francoise Mouly, the art director at The New Yorker and the co-editor with her husband of RAW magazine, were greeted by throngs of fans wherever they went: the opening of an exhibit providing a restrospective of Spiegelman’s work, the vernissage of the “Private Museum of Art Spiegelman” at the Museum of Comic Books, and the inauguration of the Festival.  The latter can be visited through May 6, 2012.

The exhibitions of Spiegelman’s comprehensive collection, which includes his drawings for “Maus” and other classics, was made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate in Bordeaux.  During the Festival’s kickoff event the evening of Jan. 26, U.S. Consul Joel Maybury noted this support as well as the ongoing cooperation the U.S. Mission in France has with both Festival organizers and the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image in Angouleme.

Spiegelman was not the only American comic book artist in Angouleme during the Festival.  Joe Sacco, Charles Burns, Chris Ware and Bill Morrison were also on hand to talk about their respective contributions to the “ninth art.”

For more information on Art Spiegelman’s exhibition, please refer to the following link: http://bdangouleme.com/english/art-spiegelman-exhibition/

Photos © Cité de la BD, Alberto Bocos Gil:

Art Spiegelman, center, discusses the original drawings of French artist Edmond Francois Calvo with Jean-Pierre Mercier, scientific adviser at the Comic Books Museum, while another American author Paul Karazik, right, and Consul Joel Maybury, in background, listen.
Taking a break during the visit to the Comic Book Museum (left to right), Gilles Ciment, director general of the Cité de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image; Michel Boutant, French Senator and president of the Cité de la BD et de l’Image; Art Spiegelman, and the U.S. Consul Joel Maybury.