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 was distributed among the 10 winners.
The Atomium Comic Strip Prizes are usually presented to the winners at a ceremony in the company of authors and big names in publishing. In order to comply with the health and safety measures in force, the announcement of the 2020 winners took place exclusively online. Click here to discover the winners!
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, Editions Futuropolis and Editions Casterman. The Raymond Leblanc Prize winner will have their comic published by Editions Casterman.
Object: rewarding the work of a young author who has not published more than two albums.
Partner: Association Raymond Leblanc, Editions du Lombard, Editions Futuropolis and Editions Casterman
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 Bénédicte Linard, 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
Atomium Spirou Junior Prize (new for 2020)
Prize: 1 year subscription to the Journal Spirou or 10 albums if the winner is already a subscriber
Object: rewarding short comic book stories (maximum 4 boards) featuring Spirou and Fantasio. Prize for under 18s.
Partner(s): Journal Spirou
Atomium Spirou Young Authors Prize (new for 2020)
Prize: story published by the newspaper Spirou and all publications will be paid at the professional rate.
Subject: rewarding short comic book stories (maximum 4 boards) featuring Spirou and Fantasio. Prize for over 18s who have published a maximum of 3 albums.
Partner(s): Journal Spirou
The Bronzen Adhémar Prize (L'Adhémar de Bronze)
Prize: 10,000 euros and an exhibition in Turnhout
Subject: Since 1977, this biennial prize has been the most important recognition in the field of comic strips in Flanders. It recognises a Flemish author for one or more works.
Partner(s): Strip Turnhout / Stripgids
Atomium des Enfants Prize (new for 2020)
Prize: 3,000 euros for the author and 7,500 euros which will be used to create a travelling exhibition entirely dedicated to the award-winning album and accompanied by an educational kit. This exhibition will be available free of charge to Belgian schools and libraries upon request.
Object: rewarding a comic strip for its educational character*.
Partner(s): this prize is co-created and financed by the Brussels Comic Strip Festival and the Foire du Livre book fair. The Comics Art Museum supports the prize by creating the exhibition and the educational dossier.
*the jury is usually made up of students from a selection of Brussels schools. This year, following the closure of schools between March and June, an adult jury has taken on the task.
With the kind authorization of the non-profit organization Atomium