Celebrating 70 Years of Lucky Luke

To celebrate 70 years of the Lucky Luke comics, the Musée de la bande dessinée, in Angoulême, France, will be hosting the retrospective exhibition “L’Art de Morris” devoted to the works by Maurice de Bevere. The show will open on 28 January and finish on 18 September 2016. The exhibition, in partnership with Lucky Comics, will be inaugurated during the 43rd edition of the city’s Festival International de la Bande Dessinée. On display, will be more than 150 original pages of comics and drawings by Morris, showing the evolution of the comic, which have mostly never been exhibited before. The artist at only 22 years old, inspired by Westerners, American animation, and a Franco-Belgian comics, developed the cowboy Lucky Luke in at the end of 1945 and Morris continued to draw for the comics until his death in 2001. The first Lucky Luke adventure named Arizona 1880 appeared in the Almanach issue of the Franco-Belgian comics’ magazine Spirou on December 7, 1946. In 70 years, 300 million copies of the series have been sold and the adventures of the solo cow-boy has been translated into 29...

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Angoulême cartoons festival celebrates its anniversary!

Angoulême, 30 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême celebrates its 40th edition! It is an exceptional meeting for cartoons’ amateurs and fans, that for many years was devoted to spreading the 9th art, always putting in the spotlight not the cartoons characters, but the cartoonists themselves. To celebrate this anniversary, no self-compliment: an exhibition titled “Mickey&Donald, tout un art…” (the art of Mickey&Donald) will be held from 31 January to 3 February 2013. The event emerged from a desire to “revisit cartoons’ foundations, said Benoît Mouchard, the Festival’s Art Director, and amongst them one finds an essential pillar of Mickey and Donald”. To respect the Festival’s spirit, the exhibition will reveal artists that branded each decade of cartoons’ history, from 1930s to nowadays, under the Disney label: from Floyd Gottfredson to Kari Korhonen and Silvia Ziche, without forgetting Carl Barks, Romano Scarpa or Don Rosa. Each of them adopted Disney codes overstepping them to give this unique world their own touch and make univers of Disney evolve. Affiliations and respect of one towards another is so great that some play with these sentiments, quoting their collegues, integrating their predecessors’ motives in their own creations, notably Don Rosa vis-à-vis Carl Barks. Editors developed cartoons in Europe, settling down primarily in Italy and Scandinavia, allowing themselves great liberty: “Scrooge Mc Duck was invented by Carl Barks and Walt Disney found out about it only three years later! reveals Benoît Mouchard. This shows the great confidence Disney placed in his cartoonists and scriptwriters. Carl Barks developed the univers of Donaldville and the characters of Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, Scrooge Mc Duck, Gladstone Gander – Donald’s cousin who always has luck and Gyro Gearloose. There was no censorship nor directive”. This exhibition is as well an opportunity to show how strong was...

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