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February 5, 2010

Angouleme-France trip photodump

Filed under: appearances,conventions — Mike @ 10:33 am

Just returned from my trip to Angouleme yesterday, and wanted to post the bulk of my pics while it’s all still fresh in my mind. I am kind of a crappy photojournalist, and almost never take any pictures worth posting. I got very few pics of the festival itself, or any of the great art that I saw, or many of the people I met and spent time with. But, here’s the best of what I did manage to capture:


Alex Robinson and I signing books at the Rackham table.


“Velo!” is French for Bicycle.


A drawing from the Blutch exhibition.


I bought this little figurine of Nikita Khrushchev waving his shoe from a store in Paris.

Two days after Angouleme I took a train trip with Alex Robinson and Kazimir Strzepek to a great comic book store in Lyon called Experience. The owners treated us extremely well, treating us to a wonderful lunch, a tour of the city, and freedom to desecrate the ceilings of their store with our doodles. They have a lot of cartoonists already on the ceiling, but the only other Americans I spotted were Jeffrey Brown, Craig Thompson, Dash Shaw, and Keith Giffen, so I felt like I was in great company.


Kaz works on his doodle. My drawing of Ace-Face is visible at the top. I wrote my daughter’s name, Orli, on Ace-Face’s arm, but to my great shame, I misspelled it, Orly, which I am blaming on the proximity to the airport in France.


Alex’s pic near the entrance.


Here we are at lunch!


And here’s that same scene from the other direction. The man at the back is actually at the table next to us. His face turned an alarming shade of red as he drank his wine and ate his meat on his lunch-break. We were told this was a common look in France.

Seated next to the red-face man, towards us, is Cecile Mac Lennan, who does publicity work for Rackham, and took care of us a great deal of the time while we were there. She’s a delightful person, and a lot of fun to talk to. I am fascinated by the fact that her favorite TV show is The Wire (which I also love), since it’s a show that’s challenging enough to follow when English is your first language, let alone your second.


Me and Kaz in Lyon.


Me, Kaz, Alex, and our guide, Stephane. Stephane and Alex got into a heated debate about the value of the Pixar movie “Cars”.


Aliza is thrilled to finally be somewhere where there are no comics.


Kaz, Peter Kuper, Rackham publisher Latino Imparto, and Serge from Editions çà et là. This was from a signing back up in the Paris area.

And finally, one morning in Angouleme, I bought a bag of dates to eat, and someone took a picture of me holding them. I realize now that it kind of looks like I’m holding up a pair of testicles.

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Mike! I love seeing your pictures! They are wonderful. It looks like you are becoming a star!!! I also love the idea of drawing on the ceilings! Sounds like a great homework assingment to me. :) )
    with love, Mrs. P

    Comment by Lynn Prisco — February 5, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  2. “I realize now that it kind of looks like I’m holding up a pair of testicles.”

    That ill-placed white snow drip over the corner of your mouth does not help the situation.

    Comment by GB Tran — February 5, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  3. Thanks Mrs. P – I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the pics. As I said, there was a lot of stuff I missed. One of the best things was the comic book museum they have out there. There was an installation of contemporary cartoonists responding to pages from the “masters”, and then a great permanent exhibit. Really good stuff.

    GB… thanks for that… now I can’t un-see what before I’d never noticed…

    Comment by Mike — February 5, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  4. AH man… good times. Thanks for putting up with me, Mike!

    Comment by Kaz — February 6, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

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