Art Spiegelman Awarded the 2011 Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angoulême


In a ceremony this weekend at Angoulême International Comics Festival, Maus creator, Art Spiegelman was awarded the honor of the 2011 Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angoulême.

The accolade, which translates as the Grand Prize of the Town of Angoulême, is awarded each year, during the festival to an author for his body of work and/or for his achievement in the evolution of comics.

This author must be alive at the time the award is given, but must not necessarily be a Francophone creator. The prize is juried exclusively by past winners. Usually, when someone is awarded this Grand Prix, he or she becomes the president of the jury for the festival the next year. Some years, special prizes are awarded too, often on symbolic anniversaries of the festival.

Spiegleman has been interview by The Washington Post, about his reaction to being bestowed the international honour. During the interview he notes that this award also comes with the immense responsibility of taking part in the organization of the next year’s ceremony, and remarks that “I don’t know whether you should say ‘congratulations’ or ‘condolences’ “.

Of his being nominated for the award at this late point in his career, he had the following to say:

“It would have made sense 15 years ago, I feel like President Obama and the Peace Prize — the timing’s all wrong.”.

To read the full interview, head to

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