Lo scorso 7 marzo pubblicavo una news del Lakes Festival che riguardava l’annuncio dei “Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation“. La prima edizione di questo premio sarà presentata, in collaborazione con Comica e con il Lakes International Comic Art Festival, proprio all’edizione 2023 di quest’ultimo (venerdì 29 settembre – domenica 1 ottobre).

Questi premi sono stati creati in onore di Sophie Castille, direttrice dei diritti internazionali e vicepresidente delle licenze per Mediatoon, cofondatrice e direttrice di Europe Comics, scomparsa improvvisamente lo scorso anno. Dalla fine degli anni ’90, Sophie ha costruito ponti per la bande dessinée e i loro autori, fuori dalla Francia e in tutto il mondo, ed è stata una fonte costante di creatività, motivando gli editori di tutto il mondo e incoraggiandoli a scambiare idee e, di conseguenza, diventandouna figura chiave nella crescita della traduzione di fumetti e graphic novel in tutto il mondo.

Oggi John Freeman, a distanza di alcuni mesi da quella news, nel suo blog (downthetubes.net) ha Rivelato la lista dei volumi in lizza per la prima edizione per i premi “Sophie Castille per Comics in Translation”.
Di questo articolo in anteprima per l’Italia ri-pubblico la parte introduttiva ed alcune immagini, visto che in lizza c’è anche un bel fumetto italiano tradotto dall’autrice (anch’essa italiana) Micol Beltramini.

Ringrazio John per avermi permesso di ripubblicare una parte del suo testo.

Buona lettura

Mario Benenati, Presidente “Fumettomania Factory – APS”

Nota Bene Per chi ci legge per la prima volta: Fumettomania Factory – APS, è una realtà di promozione sociale e culturale italiana con sede in Sicilia, con 32 anni di vita, che supporta il Lakes International Comic Art Festival che si svolge a Bowness-on-Windermere, nella Regione dei Laghi, proprio condividendo le varie news diffuse dallo Staff del Festival.

Sophie Castille Prize for Comics in Translation

Rivelata la lista dei volumi in lizza per la prima edizione per i premi “Sophie Castille per Comics in Translation”

Stralcio dalla parte iniziale dell’articolo di John Freeman (che ringraziamo) del 10 luglio e del Comunicato del Lakes Festival dell’11 luglio:

<< VIP Brands Ltd., a company offering rights representation for comics and graphic novel publishers, and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival have announced the shortlist of titles for the inaugural Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation.

As we reported earlier this year, the Awards aim to recognise a much under-appreciated, vital aspect of comics publishing, for the best translation of graphic novels into a variety of languages around the world.

This inaugural award will be for the best translation of a non-English graphic novel into English. and will be presented in partnership with Comica and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, at their annual event this autumn (Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October).

These awards have been created in honour of Sophie Castille, international rights director and V. P. of licensing for Mediatoon, cofounder and director of Europe Comics, who died unexpectedly last year.

We have been overwhelmed by the response to the first Sophie Castille award for Comics in Translation,” say the organisers. “90 amazing works were submitted.”

“Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to those who made the shortlist!”

The following books have made the shortlist. Three judges will decide the final winner:  Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons, Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library; journalist and global comics historian and and writer for Comics Beat, Dean Simons; and former TV producer, Peter Kessler MBE, Chair of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

(Former Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard, previously announced as a judge, had to withdraw from the role due to work commitments).

The judges will select the winner later this month, with the prize awarded at this year’s LICAF Festival on Saturday 30th September.>>

For more information about the Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation, visit this page of the LICAF website or sophie-castille-awards.org

Il premio ci interessa per una serie di motivi, in particolare per il fatto che tra i candidati c’è l’autrice italiana Micol Beltramini, per la traduzione di “He Who Fights with Monsters“, opera originale di Francesco Artibani e Werther Dell’Edera, edita in inglese da Ablaze

Ecco il testo introduttivo in inglese:

<< All Hallows’ Eve, a community struggles under the boot of the Nazi war machine when supernatural forces come to play a part in the conflict! From the artist of the bestselling Something is Killing the Children comes a tale that will send shivers up your spine… 

It’s World War Two and the struggle between good and evil is in full force. In Prague, the great Bohemian city is being oppressed by the Nazi occupation and the population lives in terror, while the resistance forces try to organize themselves in the shadows. It is an almost impossible task. With the ruthless SS tightening their grip on every street and neighborhood with overwhelming might, only one hope feeds the struggle. A crazy hope, which rests on the fragile foundations of an ancient, monstrous legend…>>

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Ed Ecco l’elenco di tutti i fumetti in gara per il premio “Sophie Castille per Comics in Translation”

• All Princesses Die before Dawn, original work by Quentin Zuttion, translated by M.B. Valente, published in English by Europe Comics

• Always Never, original work by Jordi Lafebre, translated by Montana Kane, published in English by Dark Horse Comics

• Amazona, original work by Canizales, translated by Sofía Huitrón Martínez, published in English by Graphic Universe

• Animal Castle, original work by Xavier Dorison, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger, published in English by Ablaze

• Artist, original work by Yeong-shin Ma, translated by Janet Hong, published in English by Drawn and Quarterly

• Golden Boy, original work by Mikael Ross, translated by Nika Knight, published in English by Fantagraphics

• I Want to Be a Wall, original work by Honami Shirono, translated by Emma Schumacker, published in English by Yen Press

• The Nightmare Brigade, original work by Franck Thillez, translated by Joe Johnson, published in English by NBM/Papercutz

• PLAZA original work by Yokoyama Yuichi, translated by Ryan Holmberg, published in English by Living the Line

• Tales of the Kingdom, original work by Asumiko Nakamura, translated by Lisa Coffman, published in English by Yen Press

• The Philosopher, The Dog and the Wedding, original work by Barbara Stok, translated by Michele Hutchison, published in English by SelfMadeHero

• The Sisters Dietl, original work by Vojtěch Mašek, translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood, published in English by Centrala

• Upside Dawn, original work by Jason, translated by Jason, published in English by Fantagraphics

• Walk me to the Corner, original work by Anneli Furmark, translated by Hanna Stromberg, published in English by Drawn and Quarterly

For more information about the Sophie Castille Awards for Comics in Translation, visit this page of the LICAF website or sophie-castille-awards.org

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Award Background

Sophie Castille was international rights director and V.P. of Licensing for Mediatoon, Cofounder and Director of Europe Comics, and a key figure in the growth of European graphic novels in North America and around the world. She died unexpectedly in July 2022, aged 52.

Born in Caen, Normandy, she studied in Italy before working in foreign rights for Dargaud in the mid-1990s. She was the cofounder of Europe Comics, a consortium of 13 European comics publishers launched in 2015. Her work at Europe Comics was instrumental in the growth in popularity of European comics in English and the development of the US graphic novel market.

Sophie loved and lived the idea of a united Europe. She was at home in Milan, in Paris, on La Réunion and in Berlin. For more than 25 years of her professional life, she was a constant source of creativity, motivating publishers from all over the world and encouraging them to exchange ideas.

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VIP Brands Ltd. aims to expand graphic novel horizons, offering rights representation for comics and graphic novel publishers as well as consulting services in setting up events and initiatives to encourage new ways to promote comics and graphic novels around the world.
Web: vip-brands.net | Catalogue: catalog.vip-brands.net/titles/
Karen Green is Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University. Since 2005 she has been instrumental in building a comics collection and archive that now includes the original art and papers of Chris Claremont, Al Jaffee, Howard Cruse, S. Clay Wilson, Wendy and Richard Pini, and Kitchen Sink Press, among others. Karen is highly active and visible at comics conferences and conventions, has been a judge for the Eisner Awards and Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning, and she co-produced the documentary She Makes Comics (2024).
She has also organised and hosted numerous online and in-person conversations with comics creators. In 2017, Nick Sousanis created the Eisner-winning “A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green” for Columbia Magazine.
Instagram: @klgreennyc | Twitter: @klg19
Charlie Adlard has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for over 25 years. He’s spent the majority ofhis time since 2003 working on The Walking Dead, which finished in 2019, and has received many industry awards for his work on the series culminating in winning the Sergio AragonésInternational Award for Excellence in Comic Art in 2019.

In his time as a comic creator, he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars AttacksThe X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In TroubleDamn Them All, Breath Of The WendigoCodefleshRock BottomVampire State Building, and White Death, and the soon-to-be-released Altamont.
Web: charlieadlard.com | Facebook: CharlieAdlard | Twitter: @CharlieAdlard/
Peter Kessler MBE is the Chairman of the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. He reads comics and graphic novels incessantly and is the author of The Complete Guide to Asterix. He is a BAFTA award winning TV Producer. He has also worked as an English teacher and is the founder of a primary school in London. He was awarded an MBE for services to education.
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Twenty years ago this year, John Harris Dunning and Paul Gravett co-founded COMICA, the London Comics Festival, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, or ICA. To mark this anniversary, COMICA is coming back to offer a season of early evening events through March at the stunning Century Club, Soho on Shaftesbury Avenue, in association with VIP Brands and The Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Some of today’s key creatives will reveal their influences, ideas, techniques and latest projects.

• Find COMICA on Facebook


Festival Guests in 2023

LICAF 2023 – l’elenco degli ospiti include:

Charlie Adlard, James Albon, Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, Silvia L. Ballart, Frankie Boyle, Gigi Cavenago, Gustavo Duarte, Hunt Emerson, David Gaffney, Gerhard, Lina Ghaibeh, Bernard Hage (The Art of Boo), Peter Hogan, Stephen L. Holland, Jad (George Khoury), Štěpánka Jislová, Mai Koraiem, Michael Lark, Lucie Lomová, Josie Long, Dave McKean, Fouad Mezher, Bill Morrison, Seif Eddine Nechi, Steve and Annie Parkhouse, Eva Pavlič, Sean Phillips, Tom Richmond, Marek Rubec, Mohamed Salah, Václav Šlajch, Rachael Smith and “Awkward Yeti” creator Nick Sulek – con molti altri da annunciare.

Lakeview Comics Marketplace Exhibitors 2023

Gli espositori nella Lakeview Market place sono:

Quest’anno abbiamo oltre 90 creatori, editori e illustratori di fumetti nel nostro Lakeview Comics Marketplace.

Creators include: Chris Askham, Yomi Ayeni, Sayra Begum, Clark Bint, Tim Bird, Lewis Campbell, Jon Davis, Pete Doree, Phil Elliott, Emma Evans, Ed Firth, Simon Furman, Steven Fraser, Warwick Fraser-Coombe, Jessika Green, Lyndsey Green, Katie Handley, Isabel Hatherall, Jack Harvey, Luke Hyde, Jenika Ioffreda, Owen Michael Johnson, Roger Langridge, Joe Latham, Russell Mark Olson, Shaun Martland, Drew Marr,

Chris Mole, Alex Moore, Beatrice Mossman, Nigel Parkinson, Markus Pattern, Mollie Ray, Reabault, Emma Reynolds, Schnumn, Paul Shinn, Martin Simpson, Matt Simmons, Zara Slattery, Cam Smith, Matt Smith, Rachael Smith, Lucy Sullivan, Kev F Sutherland, David Taylor, Tom Ward, Kevin Wells, Lyndon White, Kate-Mia White, Steve White, Dan Whitehead, Andrew Wildman, Manon Wright & Tal Brosh

Independent Publishers, and other Exhibitors include: 1826, 77 Publishing, After the Robot Apocalypse, Art-Bubble, B7 Comics, The Cartoon Museum, Catfood Comics, Centrala, CoCo Comics, Colossive Press, Comics Youth CIC, Conundrum Press, Doctor Geof, Drawn Strip, Fanfare UK, First Graphic Novel Competition, Foxhat, Galaxia Prince, I&M Illustration, Indie Novella, Iqbal A. Comics, Kaarinart, Kannter Art,

Knockabout Comics, LDComics, Meraki Comics, MoonSquid INK, Nevercity Creations, Nona Gallery, Parable Games, Peak Hare Collective, The Pig Patch, Power Comics Studios, RAWHEAD, Scratch Comics, Sector 13 Comics, SelfMadeHero and Sloth Comics

Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah
Festival artwork by Mohamed Salah

About The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, centred on events and comics projects brought to you from one of the country’s most beautiful areas – the English Lake District, in the market town of Kendal. Modelled on European-style festivals, such as Angoulême in France, the annual Festival usually takes over the whole town for a weekend of comic art every October.

The Festival’s aim is to celebrate the whole spectrum of comic art, inspiring existing comic art fans and creators and, it hopes, generating new audiences and creators too. It invests in creators through a commissioning programme and has an emphasis on developing international collaborations.

The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Yomi Ayeni, Kate Charlesworth, Comics Laureate Stephen L. Holland, Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Zoom Rockman and Michael e Keli Lark.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is supported by Cumbria County Council, Lake District National Park Authority, South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council

Our main sponsor is Lancaster University and main partners are Kendal College, the Windermere Jetty Museum, the Old Laundry Theatre, NCS, Lakeview Bar and Grill and Baha

We are also supported by The British Council, The Czech Literary Centre, The Finnish Institute in London, Institut Francais, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the National Cartoonists Society, and other international partnerships

We also receive support from publishers David Fickling Comics, publishers of The Phoenix comic, Fanfare Press and Knockabout Press

Thanks also to our generous donors: Charlie Adlard, Lynette Adlard, Graham Dury, Peter Kessler, Bryan Talbot, Sean Phillips and Simon Thorp.

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – dal 29 settembre all’1O ottobre 2023 – è online su: www.comicartfestival.com
Lakes International Comic Art Festival Podcast: www.comicartpodcast.uk 
Twitter: @comicartfestpod
Facebook: @ComicArtPodcast
Instagram: @ComicArtPodcast
Virtual Comics Clock Tower: licafclocktower.com

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Per saperne di più sul LICAF,

vi consigliamo di leggere questo articolo scritto da Damiano Gallinaro, Cesare Giombetti e William Ceraolo, i tre soci di Fumettomania che hanno partecipato l’anno scorso alla decima edizione del LICAF, che ci hanno raccontato in un’unico articolo le cose belle avvenute nei tre giorni del festival inglese.


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