French connections

Comic culture: Exploring France's 'BD' obsession

French people love comic books, les bandes dessinées. That means the "BD" industry is booming. Comics books are such an important part of French culture that there are several festivals around the country, including the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. In the past couple of years, the place of women in the comic book world has been in the spotlight. While they count for over half of comic book readers, women remain underrepresented in the industry, though change is underway.