Talk by Overseas Comics Professional #2
Organiser: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base
Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Supporters: Alliance Française Hong Kong, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels
In Association with: Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, Angoulême International Comics Festival
Speaker: Thomas GABISON (Director of Collection Actes Sud BD)
Conducted in French with Cantonese interpretation
Online registration is required, first-come, first-served.
Acte Sud BD is a rising star in the French comics industry, yet their titles are all extraordinary works. The first title published in 2005, Notes pour une histoire de guerre (Notes for a war story) was awarded the Prize for Best Album at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Later publications are also frequently awarded at Angoulême. These include the latest addition of Les Rigoles winning this year’s Special Jury Prize and earlier in 2010, with Rosalie Blum winning the Prize of Revelation.
As one of the masterminds of Acte Sud BD, Thomas Gabison is discerning in choosing comics artists to collaborate, with the belief of “Not publishing for publishing sake.” Comics fans around the world all dream of joining the comic industry one day, becoming a comics artist, comics critic, comics journalist, book designer, comics bookshop keepers, publisher or an editor. And what is Thomas Gabison’s line of work? All of above! He devotes most of his time in recent years on the publication of Acte Sud BD though, presenting the best of the bests to comic fans.
The number of French comics published each year has increased from 700 titles in the 1990s to 5000 in recent years, the competition to stand out is fierce. This makes comics editors highly valued in the industry. With discerning eyes, they choose comics artists and comics works that have potential to stand out. Thomas Gabison is the one who spotted the highly acclaimed Brecht Evens and in 2007, he even got in touch with Yeung Hok-Tak, who works 9,000 km away in Hong Kong and published Yeung’s How Blue was My Valley in France.
If you want to know how editors make their choices and how do they collaborate with artists and designers as a team? Or how do new comics artists make a name in Europe? Well, you don’t need to wait to be chosen. Come and register for a place!
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