Angouleme : Drop Sodastream!

An open letter to Franck Bondoux, director of the International Festival of Comics at Angouleme

"Bulles de Sodastream, Larmes de Palestine" pouvait-on lire sur les affichettes / PHOTO/(Joubert Renaud) - Mobilisation à Angoulême contre Sodastream

"Sodastream’s bubbles, Palestine’s tears" read the signs at a protest at Angoulême against SodaStream

Lettre ouverte / Open letter

Lettre ouverte à / Open letter to:


Monsieur Franck Bondoux

Direction du Festival international de la bande dessinée

71 rue Hergé

16000 Angoulême


Nous, dessinatrices et dessinateurs, illustrateurs et auteurs de tous les pays, sommes surpris, déçus et en colère de découvrir que SodaStream est un sponsor officiel du Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême.

Comme vous le savez sûrement, SodaStream est la cible d’un appel international au boycott, pour sa contribution à la colonisation de terres palestiniennes, avec son usine dans la colonie illégal de Ma’ale Adumim, son exploitation de travailleurs palestiniens, et son vol de ressources palestiniennes, en violation du droit international et des droits humains.

Angoulême a joué un rôle important dans la prise en compte de la bande dessinée comme une forme d’art depuis 40 ans. Il serait triste que SodaStream profite de ce festival pour essayer d’effacer ses crimes.

Nous vous demandons de couper tous les liens entre le Festival et cette entreprise honteuse.

Cordialement,

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We, cartoonists, illustrators and authors from all countries, are surprised, disappointed and angry to find out that SodaStream is an official sponsor of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

As you must know, SodaStream is the target of an international boycott call for its contribution to the colonization of Palestinian land, due to its factory in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, its exploitation of Palestinian workers, and its theft of Palestinian resources, in violation of international law and contravening international principles of human rights.

Angoulême has had an important role in the appreciation of comics as an art form for over 40 years. It would be sad if SodaStream were able to use this event to whitewash their crimes.

We ask you to cut all ties between the Festival and this shameful company.

Sincerely,


Leila Abdul Razzaq (USA), Khalid Albaih (Sudan), Derrouazin Alla Eddine, Hilary Allison (USA), Rosalba Ambrico (Italy), Enzo Apicella (UK/Italia), Dan Archer (USA), Redouane Assari (Algérie), Avoine (France), Serge Baeken (Belgium), Edd Baldry (UK/France), Baru (France, 4 Angoulême prizes and Grand Prix in 2010), Edmond Baudoin (France, 3 Angoulême prizes), Sofiane Belaskri (Algérie), Mohammed El Amine Benali (Algérie), Faiza Benaouda, Carlo Benini (Italy), Berth (France), Peter Blegvad (USA/UK, Angoulême prize in 2014), Naïm Boukir (Algérie), Shane Patrick Boyle (USA), Steve Brodner (USA), Nicole Burton (Canada), Susie Cagle (USA), Jennifer Camper (USA), Carali (France), Dan Carino (USA), Rémy Cattelain (France), Chimulus (France), Sue Coe (USA), Gianluca Costantini (Italy), Jean-Luc Coudray (France, Angoulême prize in 1990), Philippe Coudray (France, Angoulême prize in 2011), Pino Creanza (Italy), Marguerite Dabaie (USA), Adjim Dannger (Chad), Bira Dantas (Brazil), Marcel de la Gare (France), Eric Drooker (USA), Magdy El Shafee (Egypt), Elchicotriste (Spain), Faujour (France), Luigi Filippelli (Italy), Sean Ford (USA), Sarah Glidden (USA), Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz (USA), Dominique Grange (France), Thierry Groensteen (France, director, Angoulême's Musée de la bande dessinée), Ethan Heitner (USA), Paula Hewitt Amram (USA), Igort (Italy, nominated in Angoulême in 2003), Hatem Imam (Lebanon), Jeroen Janssen (Belgium), Jiho (France), Ben Katchor (USA), Mazen Kerbaj (Lebanon), Sarah Khoury (Italy), Kris (France), Lolo Krokaga (France), Nat Krokaga (France), Peter Kuper (USA), Carlos Latuff (Brazil), Lasserpe (France), Maximilien Le Roy (France), Lerouge (France), Wilfrid Lupano (France), Matt Madden (USA/France), Benameur Mahmoud (Algérie), Eric Maltaite (Belgium), Seoud Messadi, Matt Miner (USA), Katie Miranda (USA), Rym Mokhtari (Algérie), Mric (France), José Muñoz (Argentina, 3 Angoulême prizes and Grand Prix in 2007), Ohazar (France), Jeanne Puchol (France), Marty Qatani (USA), Maël Rannou (France), Barrack Rima (Lebanon/Belgium), James Romberger (USA), Puig Rosado (France), Mohammad Sabaaneh (Palestine), Joe Sacco (USA, Angoulême prize in 2011), Malik Sajad (Kashmir), Amitai Sandy (Israel), François Schuiten (Belgium, Angoulême Grand Prix in 2002), Siné (France), Jean Solé (France), Philippe Squarzoni (France, nominated in Angoulême in 2003), Jacques Tardi (France, 5 Angoulême prizes and Grand Prix in 1985), Tom Tirabosco (Switzerland, Angoulême prize in 2009), Seth Tobocman (USA), Pasquale Squaz Todisco (Italia), Eli Valley (USA), David Diavù Vecchiato (Italia), Daniel Wernëck (Brasil), Willis From Tunis (Tunisie/France), Jordan Worley (USA), Zerocalcare (Italia).



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Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff