by BK Munn

The 33rd Festival Québec BD is coming up in April in Quebec City and one of the featured events as usual are the Bédéis Causa awards! A jury made up of booksellers and and comics journalists has nominated a bevy of French-language comics in eight categories of Prizes to be awarded at a ceremony taking place at the Musée de la civilization de Québec, on Friday, April 17. The big news this year is that the translation prize has been renamed the Prix ​​Roberto-Wilson. Roberto Wilson came to Canada in 1952 and was the first author of Haitian origin to publish comics in Quebec, notably the series Les Aventures by Robert and Roland . About this namechange, the director of the awards, Thomas-Louis Côté, notes, “In addition to having been a resident of Quebec and an outstanding author of his time, this is a great opportunity to highlight the contribution of a creator from an immigrant background .”

Other awards not listed here include the Prix Albert-Chartier, a lifetime achievement styled award given to an individual or organization for contributions to the world of French-language comics in Quebec. As well, the Prix Jacques-Hurtubise is a grant of $1,000 offered by the Pantoute Bookstore, intended to help a young cartoonist to complete a self-published book.

Here are the nominees:


(best French-language comic published in Quebec by a Canadian)

  • Comment les paradis fiscaux ont ruiné mon petit-déjeuner, by François Samson-Dunlop (Écosociété)
  • Paul à la maison, by Michel Rabagliati (La Pastèque)
  • Contacts, by Mélanie Leclerc (Mécanique générale)
  • Jours d’attente, by Simon Leclerc and Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau (La Pastèque))
  • Rédemption Vols 1-3, by Leif Tande (Glénat Québec)


(for Best first pro publication)

  • Marie-Noëlle Hébert, for La Grosse laide (Éditions XYZ)
  • Brigitte Archambault, for Le Projet Shiatsung (Mécanique générale)
  • Stéphane Lemardelé, for Le Nouveau monde paysan au Québec (La Boîte à Bulles)


(Best French-language comic for kids by a Canadian creator)

  • Si on était T. 1, by Axelle Lenoir (Front Froid) 
  • Mort et déterré Vol. 1, by Jocelyn Boisvert et Pascal Colpron (Dupuis)  
  • Guiby le superbébé Vol. 1, by Sampar (Éditions Michel Quintin)
  • U-Merlin Vol. 2, by Jean-François Laliberté and Sacha Lefebvre (Éditions Michel Quintin) 
  • Aventurosaure Vol. 2, by Julien Paré-Sorel (Presses Aventure)


(Best foreign-published French-language book by a Canadian)

  • Zaroff, by François Miville-Deschênes and Sylvain Runberg (Lombard)
  • Les Vacheries des Nombrils Vol. 2, by Delaf & Dubuc (Dupuis)
  • Mort et déterré Vol. 1, by  Jocelyn Boisvert and Pascal Colpron (Dupuis)


(Jury’s favourite foreign French-language book by a non-Canadian)

  • Préférence Système, by Ugo Bienvenu (Denoël)
  • Dans la tête de Sherlock Holmes, by  Cyril Lieron and Benoît Dahan (Ankama)
  • Le Royaume de Blanche-Fleur, by Benoit Feroumont (Dupuis)


(Best translated book)

  • In Waves, by AJ Dungo (Casterman) 
  • Speak, by Emily Carroll (Rue de Sèvres)
  • Les Montagnes hallucinées Vol. 1, by Gou Tanabe (Ki-oon)