Each January, the Angoulême Comics Festival puts up huge tents in the town’s squares to house the largest comic book market in Europe. What never ceases to amaze me, especially on Saturdays and Sundays when the crowds far outnumber the professionals, are the long queues in front of “Le Nouveau Monde” (The New World). This is the largest tent, where some 75 or more indie and small press publishers present their wares. Men, women and children of all ages line up to find out what’s happening in the world of alternative comics. How cool is that?
The sheer volume of indie publishers, artists and graphic novels you will discover at Le Nouveau Monde is overwhelming, and worth the trip to the festival. If I’d have to pick one thing not to miss at the FIBD, this is it.