“Bédélys World,” “Special Jury Prize,” “Bédélys Discovery,” “Bédélys Trémolo”… Over the years the name of the prizes have changed but the idea behind the Bédélys Awards remains the same: To recognize and reward Québec’s creators of BD.
In 1999, when François Mayeux, Johanne Théroux, Marc de Roussan, and Bertrand Picard turned their thoughts to the state of the Québecois comics industry and decided to create Promo 9e art, one of their goals was to create an award which would recompense the best work in the medium. Since then, each year juries of readers of all ages have been hard at work reviewing comics, BD, and graphic novels.
Now administered by the Montreal Comic Arts Festival, the Bédélys Awards consist of four prizes — Québec, International, Youth, and Independant — which have been awarded to the best works published in the French language. In 2020, for the first time the Bédélys Independant Award will also be open to works published in English. A prize of $1000 will accompany the Bédélys Québec and Bédélys Independant Awards. As it has been since 2012, the awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Montreal Comics Festival at the end of May, 2020.