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 Awards, most of which are cash prizes to allow the winners to finance their work. In total, nearly €100,000 was distributed among the 11 winners.
The winners of the Atomium Awards will be revealed on 10 September at a ceremony in the company of the big names and publishing houses of the year’s event.
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. This year’s Raymond Leblanc Award winner will have their comic published by Editions Le Lombard.
Object: Rewarding the work of a young author who has not published more than two albums.
Partners: 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
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
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 Willy Vandersteen Award
Prize: €5,000 from Sabam
Object: created in 2010, this biennial award rewards an outstanding comic strip in Dutch publish that year.
Partner: Stripgids (also the partner of the biennial Bronzen Adhémar)
Atomium des Enfants Prize
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.
The Atomium Citizens’ Comic Strip Award
Prize: €5,000 cash
Object: rewards a comic strip work that provokes ethical and societal reflection; that addresses contemporary social issues in a positive, constructive and generous manner; whose theme has a local (Belgian, European) scope/resonance.
Partner: André Querton
With the kind authorization of the non-profit organization Atomium