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The 49th edition is scheduled for the end of January, while the 48th is limited to the awarding of prizes.
The festival organization, which traditionally takes place at the end of January, and which had already been rescheduled for the 24th to the 27th of June, gave up on holding a face-to-face edition this year and decided to make an appointment with its audience at the end of January 2022.
The Grand Prix of this year’s edition will be announced in June, guarantees the organization. This award, the largest in the contest and one of the most important in the world of comics, rewards a career, having already distinguished authors such as André Franquin, the creator of Gastão, Spirou and Fantasio, Will Eisner, Enki Bilal and Art Spiegelman. In 2020, the comic author Emmanuel Guibert was awarded.
The winners of the 48th edition prizes, for which the Portuguese publication “Pentângulo” was nominated, by students and teachers at Ar.Co – Center for Art and Visual Communication, were announced at the end of January, when the festival usually takes place.
The best album award went to the French edition of “L’accident de chasse”, by the Americans Landis Blair and David Carlson, while the special jury prize went to Briton Steven Appleby, for “Dragman”, and the prize revelation was attributed to the French Maurane Mazars, for the album “Tanz!”.
The anthology “The Thick Book of Kuti” was voted the best alternative comic, beating the Portuguese publication in this category. This anthology brings together BD edited between 2006 and 2018 in the Finnish publication Kuti Magazine, signed by 174 authors, including the Portuguese André Lemos and Marcos Farrajota and the Mozambicans Rui Tenreiro and Sérgio Zimbra.