A Thinking Man’s Comic-Con

A French festival pays homage to the comic book.

For fans of brainy comics—the kind that inspire not infantile superhero movies but films like last year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Blue Is the Warmest Color—the event of the year is the Angoulême International Comics Festival, which takes place in a small town in southwestern France. A thinking man’s Comic-Con, it reflects the cachet of comics in France, where bandes dessinées are a full-fledged art form. The 41st edition of the festival, which honors Jacques Tardi among other masters of the craft, takes place from January 30 to February 2. At 71 Rue Hergé; 33-5/45-96-86-50.