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Artists Outraged by All-Male Nominee List for Prestigious French Comics Award

Le Monde reports that cartoonists and graphic novelists upset that no women were nominated for France’s most prestigious comics prize have called for a boycott of the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which will take place January 28–31.

Since its inception in 1974 the festival has awarded its grand prize to only one woman: Florence Cestac in 2005.

Riad Sattouf, French author of the best-selling graphic novel “The Arab of the Future,” took to Facebook after being shortlisted for the prize, writing, “I discovered that I was in the list of nominees for the Grand Prize of the festival of Angoulême this year. This made me very happy! But it turns out that this list includes only men. This bothers me because there are many great artists who deserve to be there.”

Sattouf named Julie Doucet and Marjane Satrapi as two examples of female artists who should have been nominated and announced that he would like his name taken off the list of nominees. American nominee Daniel Clowes has also taken himself out of the running and endorsed the French group BD Egalité, which is calling for a boycott on voting for the 2016 award.