Comic Artists & Illustrators


Comic Artists & Illustrators Residency
Angoulême, France
24 September – 3 October 2018
hosting partner: Communauté d’Agglomération du Grand Angoulême



About the residency
The residency aimed to highlight and support the creativity of women from a cross-sectoral perspective, in this case focusing on the medium of comics and illustration. Grand Angoulême and its European partners were delighted to present ten European comic authors and illustrators who were chosen to participate at a 10-day residency in Angoulême, France from 24th September to 3rd October 2018.

Over the course of the 10 day residency, the comic artists and illustrators have been asked to respond to text pieces from Beauvoir’s Second Sex book and to produce 2 separate pieces of work in an edition of 15 each. The 10 artists have been guided by a curator (a professional in the field of comics) to help in highlighting the inspiration of Beauvoir’s Second Sex book as well as to conduct the coherence of the future exhibition.

In addition to the common work between the ten comic artists and / or illustrators, the residence in Angoulême has been an occasion for two anticipatied presentations of the new works to the public:

-educational field: a two-hour presentation of artists at work to students,

-public: a premiere took place on the last day of the residence in presence of the authors / illustrators.

Participating artists:
Xulia Vicente (Cariño, Spain 1993), Nanu González (Oviedo, Spain), Merieme Mesfioui aka. Durgmaya (Morocco), Scotty Hervouet (France), Raquel Lagartos (Oviedo, Spain), Fionnualla Doran (Lurgan, Ireland, 1984), Maura McHugh  (Galway, Ireland), Korina Hunjak (Rijeka, Croatia, 1993), Akvilė Magicdust, (Vilnius, Lithuania, 1987) and Samira Kentrić (Ljubljana, Slovenia 1976).


About the hosting partner
Known world-wide as “The Capital of Comics”, for 45 years each January Angoulême has hosted the “International Festival of Comics”. The city is a place of vibrant activity focused on comics and transmedia apart from the festival as well, thanks to its local Image Pool: a local structure dedicated to the mediation, conservation and exhibition of comics (La Cité), an artist residency (La Maison des Auteurs), superb schools (especially EESI – the European School for Image which hosts the first master in comics), collectives of authors, events and professional meetings.

Photography: Alain François