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The French Comics Association Washington, D.C. Tour

The French Comics Association (FCA) is coming to Washington D.C. for their spring tour with several acclaimed francophone graphic novelists for the 2019 American Library Association annual conference (ALAAC19), “the premier global library event.”

Four European graphic novelists with new releases published in America and translated to English will be in attendance this year, including Julia Billet (Catherine’s War), Karim Friha (Rise of the Zelphire), Wilfrid Lupano (The Wolf in Underpants), Typex (Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol).

You will have the chance to meet these renowned bande dessinée creators at the American Library Association Annual Conference, along with their French and North American publishers. Plus, eight panel discussions will feature Francophone graphic novelists in conversation with critically acclaimed American cartoonists, such as Amy Chu, Jaime Hernandez, and Emily Whitten; industry experts including notable librarian Betsy Bird; and comics publishing specialists from France and America, such as Charlotte Moundlic, Thierry Laroche, Jérôme Baron, The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, and others.  

“International comics are becoming trendy in American libraries…The varied genres that international comics—more specifically European graphic novels—bring to this market resonate with the multicultural collections of American libraries, as well as the diversity of American literature and pop culture,” according to French Comics Association President, Jean Paciulli. “French Comics are for everyone,” Flore Piacentino of French Publishers Association affirms. “Each year, translation rights for more than one hundred (100) French Comics are sold to American publishers.​”

The French Comics Association will exhibit and give away books, with 4 artists signings daily at booth #3644 of the ALAAC19 from June 21-24th, 2019.  

Listed below are the additional public events that will take place in several bookstores in Washington D.C.