Every year, one town is taken over in France for the sake of comics. This town is Angoulême with a population over 40,000 people. The International Festival of Bande Dessinee (often just called Angoulême by Americans) is huge and draws cartoonists, scholars and readers from around the world.
Max de Radiguès and Joe Lambert in Alec Longstreth’s apartment
Our 2009 fellow, Max de Radiguès, was recently honored by the Angoulême committee. His work, Meanwhile in White River Junction, was picked as part of the Official Selection List for the 2012 Festival. From this distinguished list; which includes work by Cyril Pedrosa, Craig Thompson, Dan Clowes, Maximilian Le Roy and Blutch, the Festival will pick several winners for different categories like Best Newcomer, Daring Creation and Best Series.
Max created Meanwhile in White River Junction, of course, while living in the WRJ. His weekly comic Meanwhile… was published in France a few weeks after he would essentially live it and put pen to paper. His enthusiasm for comics and camaraderie were infectious; Max spent a lot of his time back in Belgium working with a comic collective called L’Employé du Moi.
Covering all things American from the semi-rural life in Vermont to making friends in a small, tight-knit community, Max effortlessly pens engaging comics and vignettes. Check out a copy for yourself, as long as you read French, and look out for Max de Radiguès this January 26th-29th, 2012 in Angoulême, France.