Comic book creation has become more fragile in recent years. It has often become difficult for comic book professionals to make a decent living from it. visit.brussels, in close collaboration with its partners, aims to show its support for creation and to bring together existing initiatives by awarding the Atomium Comic Strip Prizes, most of which are cash prizes to allow the winners to finance their work. In total, nearly 100,000 euros are distributed among the 8 winners.
This year, the prizes’ patron is Catherine Meurisse, illustrator, press cartoonist and French comic book author.
The Atomium Comic Strip Prizes
The Raymond Leblanc Prize for Young Artists
Prize: €20,000 and an eminent editorial contract, alternating between Editions du Lombard and Editions Futuropolis.
Object: rewarding the work of a young author who has not published more than two albums.
Partner: Raymond Leblanc Foundation
The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Comic Strip Prize
Object: This prize is intended to reward the work of an author or authors from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who develop an original and innovative creation.
Partners: Mrs Alda Gréoli, Minister for Culture at the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
The Brussels Atomium Prize
Object: the Brussels Award rewards an author who has highlighted Brussels in their work.
Partners: Mr Rudi Vervoort, the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region
The La PREM1ÈRE Graphic Novel Prize
Prize: €20,000 in advertising space, and a strong editorial presence.
Object: the RTBF rewards a genre in line with the listeners of La PREM1ÈRE.
Partner: RTBF (Radio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté française)
The Cognito Historical Comic Strip Prize
Object: the Cognito Historical Comic Strip Award recognises the best historical comic strip.
Partners: Cognito Foundation
The Le Soir Prize for News Report Comic Strips
Prize: €20,000 in advertising space and a strong editorial presence.
Object: rewarding a work that excels in its treatment of the world around us in the form of a comic strip news report.
Partner: Le Soir
The Atomium Prize for Citizens’ Comic Strips
Object: rewarding a comic strip that encourages ethical and societal reflection; addresses contemporary social issues in a positive, constructive and generous way; and whose subject has a local scope/resonance (local, Belgian, European).
Partners: André Querton
The Vandersteen Prize (new in 2019)
Object: Rewarding an outstanding creation originally published in Dutch.
Partners: Sabam for Culture & Stripgids.