The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée has announced a slate of international guests for 2009. This coming year’s American guests will include: Daniel Clowes, James Kochalka, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware. Shaun Tan, winner of last year’s festival award for best graphic album, will visit from Australia. Melinda Gebbie and Posy Simmonds will appear from the UK. Conrad Botes, Joe Daly, Joe Dog and Karlien de Villiers, South African cartoonists associated with the Bittercomix anthology, will also appear as festival guests.
These artists will take part in the Festival’s annual “Rencontres internationales” public interview series. The FIBD will take place January 29 through February 1 in Angoulême, France.