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Quebec's French Comic Book Festival Announced
By Hervé St-Louis
March 23, 2009 - 18:55

The Festival de la BD francophone du Québec (The Francophone  Comic Book Festival from Quebec - FBFQ) announced its program for its 22 second  annual edition. The festival will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from April 15  to April 19 will run concurrently with the Quebec City International Book Fair,  for the fifth year at the Gabrielle-Roy Library, the Museum of Civilizations,  le Cercle and the Faubourg Gallery.



This year, attendees will be treated to retrospective  exposition on the work of cartoonist Michel Rabagliati and an homage to French  comic book series Astérix for its 40 year anniversary. The ten years of Quebec  comic book publisher La Pastèque and the 30 years of the satirical comic book  magazine Croc are also planned.

L’Officiel, a subsection of the festival, will continue to  celebrate alternative comic books and graphic arts. The FBFQ will also host the  awards for the 2009 winners of the Bédéis Causa, celebrating Quebec  cartoonists. This year’s nominees for the various prizes include:

Prix  Réal-Fillion (First time creator)

Grand prix  de la Ville de Québec (Best French language  graphic novel published in Quebec)

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois (Best foreign graphic novel published outside  Quebec by a Quebec-based cartoonist)


Prix  Maurice-Petitdidier (Favourite foreign French language graphic novel)

The Albert-Chartier Prize will also be awarded to an  individual or organization that stood out in the French-speaking comic book  industry in the province of Quebec.

It is not clear from the information  provided, if the awards also include Francophone Canadians living outside of  Quebec. There are a million of them in other parts of Canada. For more  information on the FBFQ, please visit their Web site at Please note that the Web site is  in French only.

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