The Angoulême festival announced that the career award, one of the most important in the field of comics, was awarded to Chris Ware, in a year in which the French authors Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse were also finalists for the award.
Chris Ware, 53, began publishing in the 1990s, having appeared in Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s Raw anthology, authoring such works as “Rusty Brown”, “Jimmy Corrigan” and the unusual graphic novel “Building Stories”, an object-book composed of more than a dozen small books, whose reading order is at the reader’s discretion.
Widely awarded, notably with the Harvey and Eisner awards, Chris Ware received in 2003 the award for best BD album in Angoulême, for “Jimmy Corrigan” and, a decade later, the special award from the jury for “Building Stories”.
Chris Ware had already been a finalist in the Angoulême Grand Prix between 2018 and 2020.
The Angoulême Cartoon Festival should have taken place, as usual, in January, but was postponed until the summer because of the covid-19 pandemic, with the organization hopeful that, by now, it would already be able to welcome the public. This did not happen, although the awarding of prizes was maintained.
In previous years, the Grand Prix has been awarded to names such as Emmanuel Guibert, Franquin, Zep, Art Spiegelman, Bill Watterson and Richard Corben.