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Podcast: Angouleme Festival (FIBD) 2014 with Natalie Nourigat, Nicholas Hitori De, and Paul Pope

Updated: Dec 11, 2021

As we continue our (optimistic) countdown to the 49th instalment of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in January, I wanted to share some more of my coverage from previous years.

I was fortunate to attend my first Angoulême Festival (their 41st edition) back in 2014 with my colleagues Karl and Camila from Orbital Comics. At the time we were looking to expand the store's international reputation and indulge our own love of international comics, so it seemed like the perfect marriage of the two. Little did I know it would become an annual appointment for me personally, but I think you can gain a sense of how powerful it was from these very first recordings.

In this second look back at Angoulême 2014, I present my interview with creators Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears, Tally Marks) and Nicholas Hitori De (Spell Checkers, Mia & Co.) and a discussion panel with Paul Pope (Heavy Liquid, Battling Boy) which was conducted by the festival.

First up, I chat with Natalie and Nicholas about art, travel, and what it’s like working with Jamie S. Rich. Then I present Paul Pope’s discussion from Angoulême, including my scene-stealing question (okay, I may be a little biased on that one!) … The sound isn’t ideal, but hopefully you can hang in there for it.

This was originally released on my podcast, Pop Culture Hound, which ran for almost 300 episodes (including specials) between 2011 and 2017. Sadly these aren't available online anymore, and the website/contact details mentioned are no longer relevant, but I've presented them as they were at the time. These days you can reach me via this website, and find me on social media as both @PopCultureHound and @FrancoFilesUK.

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