Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here's Stuart on the move.... heading towards more tents. Unlike US conventions, there is no "convention center".... the festival is held inside tents which are set up throughout the town. This gives attendees the opportunity to visit the local cafes and see the town inbetween the tents.
The Angouleme "Halle" is the town marketplace.... it closes at 1PM, so you have to visit early in the day to see these amazing displays. This is the fishmonger... what you can't see here is the tank of live eels and crabs just on the other side
There are several fruit and vegetable stands. Also a cheese vendor and a bakery.
Here's Stuart in front of one of the fruit stands.... in his aloha shirt (in spite of January temps). Of course, all the interior spaces are heated, including the tents for the festival, but I promise you, no one else but Stuart peels off all the layers down to shirtsleeves!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This is François Pompon's "Polar Bear", with a view of the grand clock from the train station in the back. This is the coolest bear (no pun intended).... read more here..
My all time favorite collection of art in Paris is the Impressionist rooms at the Musee d'Orsay. The museum has a terrific website, also available in English.
Obviously, I'm partial to the Van Goghs. No reproduction I've ever seen does them justice. The intensity of the colors and everything about them can't be replicated.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Stuart and I ran into Pierre Alary several times at Angouleme. Here are Pierre and Stuart at the Soleil booth.... this publisher's booth is set up just like a disco... pitch black with revolving lights, video screens, and loud music. The artists are signing books in this environment, but as Pierre explained to us, he has to tell the fans that he can't really see the colors of his watercolors in this light, so the final drawing will be a surprise. Stuart is pictured above looking at originals from Pierre's portfolio.
We also were able to see the new Pierre Alary Comix Buro sketchbook... it's a beauty, but there is some overlap between this new book and our 2 Alary sketchbooks. We have ordered copies, in addition to a few copies that we were able to bring back with us from France. If you want to pick up a copy at WonderCon, get on the hold list now, as we have a very limited supply until the larger order arrives from France.
The City Hall at Angouleme.... it's the castle-like building on the right. It's called the "Hotel de Ville" but it's not a hotel, it's a government building. The display at the left changes every year and features a different BD character. Last year it was Smurfs. Stuart's in the center of this picture, with a brown jacket and black backpack. Most of my pictures of him at Angouleme are shots of his back walking ahead of me on the street.
Ronnie del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa at the "top of the hill" we marched up every morning on the way to the main tents.