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French Comics Framed Festival

The French Comics Association is pleased to present the inaugural French Comics Framed, a monthlong festival devoted to highlighting the best work of Francophone comics artists and graphic novelists. The festival comprises an exhibition at The Cooper Union and a series of discussions around New York City. Most events are free and open to the public.

French Comics Framed will offer a rare opportunity to hear from bestselling authors, along with French and American publishers. An exhibition at The Cooper Union of over 50 graphic novel illustrations—presented for the first time in the United States—will take viewers through the history of Franco-Belgian comics art. A series of panel discussions exploring the graphic novel creation process will feature 18 Francophone graphic novelists, American artists such as Matt Madden and experts including Heidi McDonald and Alex Dueben. The festival will also include multiple illustration workshops throughout the city and a strong French presence at the New York Comic Con, where the French Comics Association will have a permanent booth October 6th-9th.

The Cooper Union exhibit will feature a selection of the best of French comics, presented through images highlighting the role of architecture in both the design and narrative style of Franco-Belgian comics. The exhibit takes the viewer on a journey through time and space, from Hergé’s well-known “ligne claire” (used most famously in the Tintin comics) to groundbreaking structural innovations by artists such as Fred, and to the new scene of French comics today, with images from cutting-edge artists such as Julie Maroh, David B. and Pénélope Bagieu.

In addition to the exhibit, 18 of the exhibited illustrators will travel across the Atlantic to participate in the festival. New York Comic Con hosts Pénélope Bagieu, Olivier Balez, François Boucq, Barbara Canepa, Stéphane Créty, Etienne Davodeau, Asaf Hanuka, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières,Nicolas Otero, Arthur de Pins, Jean-Marc Rochette andAnne Simon, who will each participate in book signings and talks. The Kerascoët duo (Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset), who have been nominated for an Eisner Award forBeautiful Darkness, will also come to New York as part of a U.S. tour, which starts with an appearance at MICEXPO in Boston (October 29-30).

French Comics Framed Events Schedule

Sept 27 – Nov. 5: French Comics Framed – Exhibition
The Cooper Union, Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, NY 10003

Oct. 4: Panel by Asaf & Tomer Hanuka
The Society of illustrator, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

Oct 6-9: Meet our artists on booth #1558 at New York Comic Con and on the Artist Alley
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York NY 10001

Oct. 6, 7pm: French Comics On Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives
The School of Visual Arts, 209 E 23rd St, 3rd floor

Oct. 7, 6:30pm : How to Draw a Life: The Rise of Graphic Biography in France
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029

Oct. 8, 1:30-2:30pm: Drawing From the World: Franco-Belgian Comics in Global Context
New York Comic Con (room 1B03), Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001

Oct. 8, 7pm: Reconstructing Comix: The “Architecture” of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives, from Tintin to Today
The Great Hall of Cooper Union, Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

Nov. 1, 7pm: Panel discussion: Drawing the unspeakable
Columbia University 116th St & Broadway, New York NY 10027