Saturday, February 25, 2006
The festival itself was fantastic. creators from all around exibiting their books and artwork. For me at least everything was new and exciting. The chinese were the honored guests this year and had lots of intresting material. The publisher Soleil had a rock band in their tent which made it hard to look at their books. Alot of the creators were sitting around smoking at their tables.
My new friend's were phenomenal hosts. Their hospitality and humour were the highlight of my trip. We had a wonderful dinner and wine at a Brazilian resturant and conversation of every sort and in many languages. I know I was there to find out more about european comics, but as the wine flowed I became increasingly intrested in the region and the country. One of our hosts suggested that we retire back to his place and sample his cognac collection. The cognac, conversation, and company that followed was first rate. anecdotes and stories mixed with informative knowledge of facinating subjects. All the while I was examining the very old quill pen lable of vintage cognac. We wrapped it up very late and went on. The main group staggered on to other events that went on all night, but not before one of our group passed out bottles on wine adversting his comic shop! Two of us exhausted retired, only to find that the hospitality of the Angouleme people never seems to stop. wating for us where we were staying was a new bottle of cognac, with a note "enjoy.".
Monseiur Nantier of NBM; the formost and longest publisher of Graphic novels in the United States. Barely able to stand after a long night of boozing it up. Actually in all the years I have known Terry I have only seen him drink one glass of wine. His passion frames him, in his booth in the international section.