23rd Annual Bédélys Awards – Finalists
Montreal, March 24 2022 – The Montreal Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the finalists for the Bédélys Awards, which will be presented this May at the Festival, taking place for the first time on Saint Denis Street from May 27 to 29. This year’s Bédélys Awards, the 23rd annual, will recognize the best comic books and graphic novels published in Quebec and beyond in 2021.
The finalists in each category were selected by juries composed of booksellers, professionals in the comics arts, and in the case of the Bédélys Youth Award, elementary school students.
Each year the Bédélys Awards reward the best works in the comics medium from Québec and internationally, featuring works with incisive writing and striking artwork. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 27th at 7:00pm, at the close of the first day of this year’s Festival.
Without further ado, here are the finalists:
Best comic book published in Quebec (see the video, in French)
- Football-Fantaisie, Zviane (Pow Pow)
- La conquête du cosmos, Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau and Francis Desharnais (Pow Pow)
- Le petit astronaute, Jean-Paul Eid (La Pastèque)
- Poisson à pattes, Blonk (Pow Pow)
- René Lévesque : Quelque chose comme un grand homme, Collectif (Moelle Graphik)
Bédélys Independent Francophone
Best self-published, French-language comic book in Quebec (see the video, in French)
- Le retour, tome 3 : Libération, Francis McNamee and Laurence Dea Dionne
- Le temple des dieux fous, François Brisson and Luc Chamberland
- Tuer le peintre, Étienne Poisson and Olivier Robin
Bédélys Independent Anglophone
Best self-published, English-language comic book in Quebec (see the video)
- ARC Twenty-Nine #4.1, 4.2 & 4.3, Marc Michaud
- RDW – A Tale of Lost Fantasy – VOL 01, Marco Rudy
- Misfits: 3 Strips From Hell, Cartoonist Cac
- The Seed, Sid Church
- Zen and the Ephemeral, Laurence Dea Dionne
Best French-language comic book intended for young people aged 7 to 14 (see the video, in French)
- Elles T.1 : La nouvelle(s), Aveline Stokart and Kid Toussaint (Lombard)
- L’année où je suis devenue ado, Nora Dåsnes (Casterman)
- La Ferme Petit Pois T.1 : La nouvelle vie de Jen, Lucy Knisley (Gallimard)
- Lightfall T.1 : La dernière flamme, Tim Probert (Gallimard)
- Snapdragon, Kat Leyh (Kinaye)
Best French-language comic book created outside Quebec (see the video, in French)
- Blanc autour, Wilfrid Lupano and Stéphane Fert (Dargaud)
- Dessiner encore, Coco (Les Arènes)
- Écoute, jolie Márcia, Marcello Quintanilha (Çà et là)
- Le grand vide, Léa Murawiec (2024)
- Mégafauna, Nicolas Puzenat (Sarbacane)
- Radium Girls, Cy (Glénat)
- René·e aux bois dormants, Elene Usdin (Sarbacane)
- Soleil mécanique, Lukasz Wojciechowski (Çà et là)
- Sur la piste, Henry McCausland (Presque Lune)
- Vers la tempête, Jean-Sébastien Bérubé (Futuropolis)
For further details on all the nominated works and the creators, we invite you to consult the attached Bédélys Awards media kit. Find all the information on Bédélys awards in our dedicated section on the site.
See you on May 27, 2022, during the Montreal Comic Arts Festival, where the winning works will be crowned. On this occasion, $1,000 grants will be awarded to the winners of the Bédélys Québec, Independent Francophone and Independent Anglophone awards. All prize winners also receive a unique trophy made of recycled objects by the artist Karl Dupéré-Richer, who has been creating our trophies for 13 years now.
For the past 11 years, the Montreal Comic Arts Festival has provided a platform for exchanges and encounters between comic book creators and publishers and the medium’s ever-growing audience. Through its annual spring event, it promotes Quebec and Canadian comics locally and internationally, while contributing to the development and dissemination of knowledge about the “9th Art.” MCAF has also recently stimulated and supported the work of comic book creators with its annual publications under the banner Les Presses du FBDM | MCAF Press. To learn more about MCAF, visit fbdm-mcaf.ca.
The Montreal Comic Arts Festival would like to thank its partners for their precious collaboration: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Heritage Canada, Emploi Québec, SODEC, Service de la culture – Ville de Montréal, Arrondissement Le Plateau Mont-Royal.
Thanks to Mélanie Leclerc for her magnificent illustration.
And finally thank you to the MCAF volunteer team, without whom the Festival simply couldn’t happen.
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