The International comics symposium will take place from October 20th to 22nd Angoulême’s International Comics and Visual arts center.

This year, the international Comic Strip symposium, organised by the International Comics and Visual arts center of Angoulême, in conjunction with Angoulême, the Ministery of culture, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, and Greater Angoulême, bring together international figures of comics, invited to debate on ongoing issues. This year’s edition will focus on Comic strip : a living heritage – History of arts, heritagization and transmission.

This year, the Creative Cities of Literature will exchange on their practices on comics and heritage. Pr. Sang-Jung Han from Bucheon (Korea), Szymon Kloska, Krakow Festival (Poland), writers John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs (Metaphrog) of Edinburgh (Scotland), and Thomas-Louis Coté, General Director of Québec BD will share their experience.

The international Comic Strip symposium questions a major issue in cultural history : patrimony. How to develop a better knowledge and conservation of the 9th art, living heritage in constant creative and technical evolution?

Attendance is free, upon registration via this link.

More info on the Comics center website



PROGRAMME pending confirmation from certain speakers

  • Wednesday, 20th October

Morning: «Already, an heritage ?»

Welcome address:
Roselyne Bachelot, Ministry of culture
Alain Rousset, President of the Region « Nouvelle Aquitaine »
Philippe Bouty, President of the Charente Department
Xavier Bonnefont, mayor of Angoulême (Unesco literature creative town)
Maylis Descazeaux, regional director in charge of cultural affairs

Heritage issues within a comic strip national policy
By  Pierre Lungheretti, executive director of the « Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image », (International City of Comic strip and Image)

Heritage and comic strip
By Marie-José Mondzain, philosopher, director of research at the CNRS

Actions for the preservation of comic strip heritage implemented worldwide.
With Lucile Grand (deputy director of the heritage and collections department and in charge of the Mediatheque of the quay Branly museum, Paris), Aymar du Châtenet (director, Goscinny Institute), Alexander Zograf (author Serbia); Thomas Louis Côté (director of « Québec BD, creative town »), Jenny Robb (director of Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Ohio), Joëlle Epée (curator of the exhibition on comics of Africa and director of the festival Bilili BD Festival, Congo-Brazzaville),
Facilitator : Jean-Philippe Martin (scientific advisor CIBDI)

Wednesday afternoon : « building , exhibiting »

Acknowledge modes of heritage and comic strip in museums and other cultural institutions: collections, resistances and innovations.
Round-table with Jean-Marie Compte (director of the Literature and Arts department, National French Library), Cuno Affolter (previous curator at the Lausanne Comic Strip Center), Dominique de Font-Réaulx (deputy Director General, Louvre Museum); Annette Gehrig (director of the Cartoon Museum Basel, Basel), Estelle Guilles des Buttes (chief curator, in charge of modern and contemporary art and comic strip, scientific animation and territorial networks Office, SMF), and the contribution of Szymon Kloska (Creative city/Cracow festival).
facilitator: Anne Hélène Hoog (director of the CIBDI Museum).

Which purposes for comic strip heritage? When comic strip intermingles with the arts, history, literature…
round-table with Sébastien Gokalp (director of the national Museum of history of immigration), Nicolas George (deputy director of the general direction of media and cultural industries, book and reading, Ministry of culture) Bruno Girveau (Fine Arts Palace), and Anne Hélène Hoog (director of the CIBDI museum, International City of comic strip and image).

facilitator : Zeev Gourarier (previous scientific director of the MUCEM, member of the scientific çommittee of the project Villers-Cotterêts and the fairground arts Museum)

  • Thursday 21st October

Morning: research and Comic Strip Heritage
Heritage study and promotion

9.30 am-11am
How to study comic strip heritage? Presentation of the academic research study programmes on comic strip.
Marc Monjou ( art school manager of the Angoulême European School of Visual Arts), EESI), Jean Paul Gabilliet ( ( Bordeaux-Montaigne university, English-speaking world department head, Supervisor of the master “ Comic strip publishing, theory and critic), Maheen Ahmed (Gand University)
Facilitator : Sylvain Lesage

11am-12.30 am
Comic strip and digitalization: how can digital tools contribute to the valorization of comic strip heritage and relaunch research?
Presentation of the Comic Strip and Digital Project of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region (Pierre Pulliat)
Gallica, comic strip selection, Antoine Sausverd.
Digitalized collections, Catherine Ferreyrolle (in charge of of the documentation center , research and development of the Cité)
Mediabd, Jean-Paul Gabilliet or Catherine Ferreyrolle
BDnF, Damien Sueur (multimedia projects officer, National French Library)
Facilitator : Samuel Levêque

Thursday afternoon :
2am-3.45 pm
Research networks in the field of comic strips : how comic strip heritage is promoted by networks?
overview of networks by Catherine Ferreyrolle followed by a round-table
Sophie Bonade (La brèche )
Erwin Dejasse, Acme,( Research group in comic strip)
Comic Strip Research Network, Nouvelle Aquitaine.
Viviane Alary (iCOn-MICS)
Facilitator: Catherine Ferreyrolle

4am-5.30 pm
Researchers/ authors/ heritage : Is creation nourished by heritage?
Benoit Preteseille, author
Thérèse Willer, director of the Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg
Johanna Schipper, author
Benoit Crucifix, researcher
Sylvain Aquatias, researcher, sociologist
Facilitator : Maël Rannou (director of the library and cultural action of the Cité).

  • FRIDAY 22nd October

Morning : « second life of heritage »

Comic strip and history of art: which place for comic strip?
By  Eric de Chassey, art historian, general director of the national art history institute.

10am-11.30 am
Fortunes and new sequels : heritage revisited by the authors. Spirou, Astérix, Lucky Luke, Blueberry, Alix
With Achdé, David B, Giorgio Albertini, Antoine Ozanam, Bouzard, contribution of Metaphrog (Edimburgh Creative City).
Facilitator: Samuel Lévêque

«Comic strip treasures»: editorial work supporting heritage in order to rediscover great authors
With Thierry Groensteen (comic strip historian, director of Actes Sud collection/ L’an 2), Frédéric Boilet (author, essayist and publisher), Julien Papelier or Stéphane Beaujean (Dupuis publisher), with the contribution of Bucheon (Korea Creative City).

Facilitator: Jean-Philippe Martin

Friday afternoon
2.30-3.30 pm
Heritage and public space : Innovating with comic strip
Gérard Desaphy : Walls and comic street furniture (city councillor, creative city and French speaking world of Angoulême), Pierre-Emmanuel Bécherand (Society of the Grand Paris); Pierre Lungheretti (general director of the International City of comic strip and image) in conversation with Victor Macé de Lépinay (France Culture)

3.30-4.30 pm
Lost originals, ruined heritage…
Dialogue between Jean-Pierre Mercier (former scientific advisor of the Cité, exhibition curator, translator and former publisher) and Pascal Ory (cultural history specialist, professor emeritus of contemporary history at the Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University and member of the « Bouquins » collection committee, Robert Laffont publishing house) and Jean-Pierre Dionnet.

4.30pm-5pm : conclusions

On account of the sanitary conditions, certain talks could be given via video conference.