November 9th, 2014

Since its creation in 2010, Vis A Vis has brought together leading literary figures from France and the United States such as James Ellroy, Norman Klein, Alain Mabanckou or Philippe Djian.

The 2014 edition will focus on comics and their adaptation to the screen.

Like American comics or Japanese manga, Franco-Belgian comics are famous around the world for their originality and their authors' savoir-faire. Although the “classics” such as Tintin or Asterix still hold prominence for readers, today’s French cartoon creators are extremely prolific and successful, as suggest for example the recent successes of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis or of The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. France is recognized for its expertise in the fields of cartoons and animation and exports many of its talents who are widely sought after around the world.

The Los Angeles comics scene is a very fertile ground as shows the city’s dynamic network of specialized bookstores. Los Angeles is indeed at the crossroads of independent graphic creation, the film industry and the world of comic books, thus allowing for constant and productive interactions between the publishing world and Hollywood.

The number of comic books adaptations has soared over the past ten years in France, always meeting great critical acclaim and commercial success. This extends the country’s borders as suggests the recent striking example of Jean-Marc Rochette’s Snowpiercer: the film was based on a French graphic novel, directed by a Korean director and released by an American distributor and has been extremely well received in the United States and around the world.

Vis-A-Vis will bring together for the first time this year some of the most notable figures of the French and American comics scenes along with new talents. The event will act as an incubator for new international collaborations and foster synergies between the worlds of film and comic art.

Panel discussions with French and American authors.
FREE event, RSVP here.

- Comics in Hollywood: French-American exchanges today
- Looking for new contents: comics on the big and the small screens
- Adaptation and translation: the challenges of transcultural adaptations
- Books in motion: graphic novels in animation.

VIS-A-VIS is organized by the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Institut Français and UCLA’s Department of French and Francophone Studies.

In partnership with:


French Mission for Culture & Higher Education in LA
Cultural attachee : Adelaïde Barbier
Deputy cultural attachee : Antonia Rigaud


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