French cartoonist Boulet receives the Sergio Aragonés Award for Cartooning Excellence at LICAF 2021
French web cartoonist Boulet became the fourth recipient of the Sergio Aragonés Comic Book Excellence Award at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival opening gala in Kendal, England last week. The event was in partnership and live streamed with this year’s National Cartoonist Society fully virtual NCS festival. Also during the event, the NCS Reuben Division Awards for Best Comic Book and Best Graphic Novel were presented to Walter SimonsonIDW series Ragnarök: the rupture of Helheim and Jared cullum‘s Kodi (Top Shelf Productions), respectively.
Boulet, reward in hand, remarked:
“We still have a lot of impostor syndrome in this job and I still think it’s a mistake but it’s a very beautiful mistake – and I’m very happy for it.”
Aragonés himself, via a video, explained Boulet’s deserved recognition:
“The award is so deserved because it did something that many designers didn’t. One of them is that he had, almost 20 years ago, introduced the field of computer science. He has a blog. Comic Blog [bande dessinée]. This means that thousands of young people who had never read a newspaper or a magazine or even a comic book, can now be introduced to this fantastic field thanks to the computer. This is one of his great accomplishments besides the amount of books he has done. It touches on topics – science, humor, politics, everything. Not a designer alone. He’s an artist, a writer… He’s a creator. No one deserves the award as much as he does.
Boulet, the professional pseudonym of Gilles Roussel, has been working in the field of comics, cartoons and illustration for over twenty years. He was one of the first users to blog comics in 2004 and continues to this day. The blog was collected in the Remarks series in France by Delcourt empreinte Shampooing, the last of which (volume 11) was released in 2018. Boulet’s first volume Remarks, Born to be a larva, received an English release in 2016 from Soaring Penguin Press.
Apart Remarks, Boulet produces illustrations and comics. He owns four Comic Strip series to his credit as a writer, illustrator or solo author.
Congratulations @Bouletcorp – winner of the Sergio Aragonés International Prize for Excellence in Comics 2021 !! Very well deserved 😊✏️#Comics # LICAF2021 #SergioAragons@NatCartoonSoc @lyonbd @ifru_london @ncsfestofficial pic.twitter.com/aZTitvLgUr
– Comic strip festival (@comicartfest) October 15, 2021
The Sergio Aragonés International Prize for Excellence in Comics was introduced in 2017 at LICAF. Previous recipients of the award have been Dave mckean, Hunt Emerson, and Charlie adlard. Boulet’s announcement is the first time that the prize has not been awarded to an Englishman.
The NCS Reuben Division Awards for Best Comic Book and Best Graphic Novel were also held during the event. Walter Simonson received the award for his IDW miniseries Ragnarök: the rupture of Helheim, beating the other candidates (published by IDW) Usagi Yojimbo (Stan sakai) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika (Brahm Revel).
Walter Simonson, in a video, noted:
“I am stunned, surprised, amazed – and deeply grateful and honored. Thank you so much. I also want to thank IDW, my publisher, for allowing me to make the book I wanted to make. I would like to thank Scott Dunbier, my old pal who, 18 years ago, ignited the spark that eventually became this book when he suggested that I make a comic book based on my love of Norse myths.
In the graphic novel category, the story for all ages by Jared Cullum Kodi got the prize. The other nominees in the category were Thibault Bala Redbone – The True Story of a Native American Rock Band (IDW) and Zoe Thorogood’s Billie Scott’s Impending Blindness (Avery Hill).