French Cartoonists Co-Opt NYCC For Their Own 'Framed' Festival

French Comics Framed Festival
Credit: French Comics Framed Festival

Press Release

Featuring: Pénélope Bagieu, Brüno, Mathieu Lauffray, Patricia Lyfoung, Fabien Nury, Alexis Sentenac, El Torres, Valérie Vernay, and Zep

The French Comics Association (FCA) announces the second year of the French Comics Framed Festival, October 4-9th, with the proclamation that “French Comics Kiss Better!” A week-long festival, day-to-night around NYCC, celebrating the Franco-Belgian comics tradition and boundary-breaking storytelling.

The newly elected incoming President of the Association, Jean Paciulli of Glénat, will lead this embassy of European creators. As he says, "the festival is a huge opportunity to present the French culture of bande dessinée. As the third worldwide comics industry, we bring many years of literary heritage, from beloved characters like Astérix, Tintin and the Smurfs, to new original graphic novels. I’m honored and excited to present the creators on this 2017 tour, whose bande dessinée explore every subject, from adventure stories to social issues, with audacious talent."

“Francophone comics are having something of a moment,” reports Blastr. At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, comiXology CEO David Steinberger called for “the ‘French Invasion’ of comics in the English language market.” In Fall 2016, FCA’s inaugural Comics Framed Festival brought “an incredible lineup of talent” (The Beat) to New York City, “showcasing the best of French comics today,” recalled Bénédicte de Montlaur, cultural counselor of the French Embassy. “France has a special relationship with New York, epitomized by the Statue Of Liberty, and revitalized by the French Institute,” reported Bleeding Cool on the inaugural tour.

This October 2017, French comics return! Visit FCA booth #1669 at New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2017 (10/5-10/8), located at the Javits convention center, for book-signings, free prints and swag.  Don’t miss an exclusive showing of footage from the upcoming IFC release of the film Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Ianucci and based on the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury. IFC Films will install a movie set-piece on the show-floor for con-goers to take photos with “Stalin!” French creators are featured on over six (6) official NYCC programs, from Heidi MacDonald’s Publishers Weekly presents “European Invasion,” to an adventurous YA line-up joined by Scott Westerfeld, Ngozi Ukazu, and Nidhi Chanani, with educator Adam Kullberg.

The FCA is honored to join NYCC’s new professional programming strand hosted by the American Library Association at the New York Public Library, to present “Bande Dessinée 101” with international cartoonists in discussion, moderated by Meg Lemke. Following, teachers and librarians are invited to join a mixer with comics talent, co-sponsored by First Second Books and the Pop Culture Classroom, where groups will come up with lesson ideas around graphic novels.

Whether or not you join the cosplay crowd daily on the far west side, comics fans won’t want to miss what happens at night. Every evening, venture out to parties and innovative, interactive events and discover how French Comics Kiss Better.

Kick it off on Wednesday night at Columbia University’s Butler Library, learning how international creators went from “DIY to a Career in Comics” headlined by France’s “King of Comics,” Zep, of the internationally bestselling Titeuf series, joined by Americans like self-publishing phenomenon Julia Wertz and “BD expert” Terence Irvins. Thursday evening, enjoy a glass of wine at the Albertine Bookstore as you join in the “Imagined Worlds” sketch party, with live models in fantastical costumes, culminating with a collective pop-up exhibit, where participants can hang their newly created art on the walls of the French Embassy. Friday, head to the Society of Illustrators for a “Comics Cabaret,” theatrical reading of comics by the FCA touring creators, with help from talented friends like Vampire Cowboy director/actor Robert Ross Parker, emcee’d by American cartoonists Katie Skelly and Alex de Campi. The weekend brings the tour to Brooklyn for PEN America’s Lit Crawl on Saturday in Fort Greene. Finally, don’t miss the Kinokuniya bookstore “NYCC after-party” on Monday.

On social networks throughout the festival and at the New York Comic Con event, special exhibition tours and book signings can be booked with the artists. Join us on Instagram #ComicsFramed, Twitter @FrenchBooksUSA and @FrenchComix and Facebook at ComicsFramed.




 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 

Wednesday / October 4th

DIY to a Career in Comics
International Graphic Novel Stars on How They Made It
6-8pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, 535 W 114th Street, Room 523

How did these artists start by self-publishing and grow to international success? Zep, a comics phenomenon in Europe, presents his debut graphic novel in English, A Story of Men, joined by his French compatriot Pénélope Bagieu (California Dreamin’), and homegrown comics DIY-heroine Julia Wertz, with her new ode to NYC, Tenements, Towers, and Trash. Moderated by Terence Irvins.




Thursday / October 5th

 

Meet French Artists at NYCC booth #1669
10am - 7pm
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St.

 

French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101
1:15-2pm
Admission with NYCC Professional Badge
Trustees, New York Public Library, 76 5th Ave.

Come discover the beauty of bande dessinée, and learn about the rich Franco-Belgian comics tradition. French comics are proven to translate into American bestsellers, from Tintin to Persepolis to Valerian. Meet star creators such as Zep (A Strange Man), Fabien Nury (The Death of Stalin), Pénélope Bagieu (Brazen), Mathieu Lauffray (Valerian and Long John Silver) and Alexis Sentenac (Siberia 56). Moderated by Meg Lemke, French Comics Association.

Educator Meetup: A Gathering of Educators and Comics Industry Professionals
3:45 - 4:45pm
Co-hosted with Pop Culture Classroom and First Second Books
Javits Room TBA

French and American artists will join teachers with proven success introducing and analyzing comics in their classes, to engage and educate students from K-12 and secondary school. You can engage in interactive, small-group meetings where you’ll get the chance for personal discussion with these amazing artists and local educators. There will also be some amazing giveaways for attendees (while supplies last)!

The Death of Stalin: Exclusive Footage and Interview with Fabien Nury for the IFC Release of the Film Based on Titan Comics Political Thriller
7:45 - 8:45pm
Javits Room 1A06

IFC Films presents an exclusive screening of footage of The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci, starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor. Based on Thierry Robin & Fabien Nury's graphic novel from Titan Comics, originally published in France, this darkly comic political thriller follows the struggle for supreme power after Stalin's falling--changing the fate of the nation and the world. And it all really happened. Q&A to follow between Fabien Nury and a journalist, with IFC reps. Give-aways to be announced!



Festival Opening Night Party:
 

Imaginary Worlds – A Draw Jam
7-8:30pm
Albertine bookshop, 972 5th Ave.
The French Embassy

Join New York Comic Con guest illustrators from France for a collective Draw Jam and book signing at Albertine Books! Meet Zep, Valérie Vernay, Patricia Lyfoung, Fabien Nury, Alexis Sentenac, Mathieu Lauffray, and Brunö, plus other special guests. Enjoy a glass of wine, join as we sketch to live models in fantastical costume and hang your creations on the walls of the French Embassy for a pop-up exhibition.
 
 
 
Friday / October 6th
 

Comics Cabaret: Live Comics Screening & Signing
6:30 - 9:30pm
The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St.

An evening of comics, screened and read aloud by their creators and friends and actors like Robert Ross Parker (Vampire Cowboys), with Q&A and signings/sketches to follow. Featuring: Zep, Fabien Nury, Alexis Sentenac, Mathieu Lauffray, Patricia Lyfoung, Valérie Vernay and El Torres. Emcee'd by Katie Skelly with special guest Alex de Campi, this cross-cultural gathering will be a can't-miss artsy party.

 

Saturday / October 7th

NYCC Panels:

PW Presents: The European Comics Invasion

4-5pm
Javits Room 1B03

It's Publishers Weekly’s annual look at the European cartoonists scene - and with more and more European comics finding a US audience the time has never been better.This year we talk to creators from around the world including Fabien Nury and Patricia Lyfoung (France), Zep (Switzerland) Mahmud Asrar (Turkey) and more, moderated by Heidi MacDonald.


Save-the-Date:

Lit Crawl Brooklyn / PEN America
6-9pm
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
 




Sunday / October 8th

NYCC Panels:

New & Noteworthy Titles from IDW Books and Top Shelf
2:30 - 3:30pm
Javits Room 1A18

Featuring Zep! The most diverse publishing house in comics takes to the stage for an hour-long celebration of the graphic novel.
 

Ready for Adventure? Action (and Romance) Packed YA / All-Ages Comics
3:45 - 4:45
Javits Room 1A05

Check out swashbuckling, world-traveling, magical and action-packed adventure comics for teens! Romance and adventure await in graphic novels by Patricia Lyfoung, Scott Westerfeld, Nidhi Chanani, and Valérie Vernay and Ngozi Ukazu. Moderated by Adam Kullbert of Pop Culture Classroom.

 
Monday / October 9th
 

NYCC "After-Party": Meet International Creators
6-7:30pm
Books Kinokuniya, 1073 Avenue of the Americas

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