This weekend sees the the 38th annual Bd BOUM – Maison de la bd Festival this weekend in Blois, France and comics author Paul Gravett kindly drew our attention to the event’s poster, drawn by Posy Simmonds.
Posy, the winner of this year’s Grand Boum-Ville de Blois, is a special guest at the long-established event, and her artworks feature in an exhibition adapted from her six-gallery retrospective, which Anette Gehrig and Paul co-curated at the Cartoonmuseum Basel this summer.
Other exhibitions include “Zoo Monsters” by Stan Manoukian and “Black is black”, by Philippe Foerster.
“And yes, we’re expecting fireworks!” Paul, who will also be there, enthuses. So light the blue touch paper…
Keep an eye on Paul’s official site www.paulgravett.com for photos and reports to follow after the Festival.
• Bd BOUM – Maison de la bd Festival is online at www.maisondelabd.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.