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MICA, Alliance Francaise Host French Comics, Animation Festival, April 16-25

Washington Post Express, Baltimore Sun, City Paper and Urbanite previewed the festival

Posted 03.15.10 by MICA Communications

Grant Lindahl and Krissy Diggs, 'The comic strip'

BALTIMORE and WASHINGTON, D.C.--MICA's illustration and animation departments inaugurate their partnership with The Alliance Française de Washington through Festival Imagé, the first festival in the United States to promote a new generation of French artists working in comics and animated films. From Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 25, animated film screenings, author-led workshops and discussions, and a book sale will stress the similarities and differences, which exist in bande dessinée (sequential art) and animated film, between both sides of the Atlantic.


VIEW: An extensive Baltimore Sun online image gallery of Festival Imagé, including student work.
READ: Washington Post Express article about the festival with mentions of MICA students and professors José Villarrubia and Laurence Arcadias.
READ: Sun film critic Michael Sragow's review of student animations.
READ: City Paper preview of the weeklong event with interviews with several of the event organizers.
READ: Sragow's blog about the rising importance of French cartoons in regards to the MICA-run Festival.
READ: A short feature in the Urbanite with interviews with Villarrubia and Arcadias.

More MICA animation students' clips can be found here.

Featured French artists Antoine Dodé, Pascal Fioretto, Cyril Pedrosa and Nicolas Nemiri, along with French and American publishers, various professionals, MICA students and D.C.-based artists, all from a comics background, will bring this festival dedicated to sequential art to life through a series of events. Publishers include Yvan Alagbé (Fremok/France), Jérôme Martineau (Carabas Revolution/France) and Calista Brill (First Second Books/US).

The festival will engage a wide audience of comics fans, including children, art students, Francophiles and comics aficionados of the 9ème Art (ninth art), through the creativity and vitality of this made-in-France artistic format where more than 5,000 titles are published each year.

Having been involved in the Festival Imagé since its inception, MICA's animation students will have the chance to introduce their view of French culture through their own animated shorts to be shown in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., along with films by students from one of the most famous French schools, SUPINFOCOM.

MICA students and local illustrators will meet French and American publishers and present their work through an exhibition during the professional forum at the College, offering a chance to create artistic ties and professional opportunities to be published in either country. Illustration students from MICA's Sequential Art class will show their original pages during an exhibition, Saturday, April 24-Sunday, April 25, which will feature a book of the students' personal short stories based on the French character Gargantua's adventures described in François Rabelais' 16th-century writing. More details about the class can be found on the blog sequentialartbaltimore.blogspot.com.

The festival is made possible with the support of MICA's Office of Academic Services, Office of Research and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty.

Schedule of Events:

, Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Free
-7:30 p.m., Main Court:
Opening reception
-8 p.m., Room 140: Panel discussion, including Nicolas Nemiri and Antoine Dodé, covering what is unique about French comics and animation

Alliance Française
, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, Free
-2 p.m.:
Children's workshop with Antoine Dodé, creating a new comics character

, Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Free
-8 p.m., Room 110:
Lecture by MICA illustration faculty member José Villarrubia, Color in Comics

Alliance Française,
2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, Free (reservations required; call 202.234.7911)
-6:30 p.m.:
Exhibition opening of Les Trois Ombres by Cyril Pedrosa; book signing by Antoine Dodé and Cyril Pedrosa

, Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Free
-7 p.m., Room 110:
Presentation by MICA animation faculty member Laurence Arcadias of short films by MICA and SUPINFOCOM students

Letelier Theater
, 3251 Prospect St. NW, Upper Courtyard, Washington, Free, MICA students and Alliance Française members; $8, general admission
-7 p.m.:
Presentation by Alliance Française deputy director Sylvain Cornevaux of short films by MICA and SUPINFOCOM students

Alliance Française
, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, Free, MICA students and Alliance Française members; $8, general admission
-6:30 p.m.:
Lecture by Pascal Fioretto, Humor in comics

, Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Free
-2 p.m., Room 140: MICA illustration faculty member Alain Corbel presents his Sequential Art students' exhibition
-2 p.m., Room 110:
MICA students' animation on display
-3 p.m., Room 140:
Workshop with Cyril Pedrosa and MICA students on the narrative process
-4 p.m., Room 140:
Professional forum with publishers Yvan Alagbé (Fremok/France), Jérôme Martineau (Carabas Revolution/France) and Calista Brill (First Second Books/US)
-6 p.m., Main Court:
Closing party

, Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Free
-2-5 p.m., Room 140:
Closing of exhibition by MICA's Sequential Art class

Changes may occur on the schedule. For more information, call MICA at 410.225.2300 or the Alliance Française de Washington at 202.234.7911.

Image caption: MICA students Grant Lindahl and Krissy Diggs, The comic strip, still from film, 2010.
Video caption: Tara Espenshade, Festival Imagé Trailer.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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