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Angoulême is the comics’ capital city. It welcomes more than 200 authors, illustrators and scriptwriters who live in Charente all year round.

This talented community invigorates the Pôle Image’s ecosystem to which it brings a peculiar artistic and cultural dimension. This is fostered by the organization of the “Festival International de la bande dessinée” each January and the multiple exhibitions offered by the “Cité de la bande dessinée et de l’image” located on the banks of the Charente river since 1990.

More than 250 comic’s authors

As a visible sign of Angoulême’s cultural DNA, travellers are welcomed at their arrival at the train station by Lucien, the famous rocker imagined by Frank Margerin as well as the obelisk of René Goscinny, Asterix and Obelix’s creator. Travellers then discover numerous painted walls depicting famous international comics heroes throughout their journey in the city.

Angoulême, Ville créative de l’UNESCO

Angoulême - Ville créative UNESCO

Créé en 2004 par l’UNESCO, le Réseau des villes créatives, fort de quelque 246 villes, a pour but de promouvoir la ville comme un laboratoire créatif mettant les industries culturelles au cœur de son développement. Angoulême a fait son entrée le 30 octobre 2019 dans le réseau des « villes créatives » au titre de la littérature.

Objectif atteint pour la Ville d’Angoulême et son Maire Xavier Bonnefont qui a mené la candidature, avec le soutien de l’État, des collectivités régionales et des institutions locales de la bande dessinée, dont la Cité Internationale de la bande dessinée, le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, le Pôle Image Magelis, l’École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image, la Maison des Auteurs valorisant ainsi l’implication de tout un territoire.

Un développement possible grâce notamment à la créativité des 250 auteurs présents sur le territoire et à l’écosystème lié à l’image : les écoles, les entreprises, et les institutions culturelles… contribuant à cette réussite.

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Circuit des murs peints - Mur peint - Le baron noir - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente Tourisme

Circuit des murs peints – Mur peint – Le baron noir – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente Tourisme

Mur Peint - Luky Luke, les Daltons et Jolly Jumper - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Mur Peint – Luky Luke, les Daltons et Jolly Jumper – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Circuit des murs peints - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Circuit des murs peints – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Circuit des murs peints - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Circuit des murs peints – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

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Mur peint – Réalité sortie de secours – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Mur peint - Le baron noir - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente Tourisme

Mur peint – Le baron noir – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente Tourisme

Mur peint - Mémoires du XXème siècle - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Mur peint – Mémoires du XXème siècle – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Mur peint - Le jardin extraordinaire

Mur peint – Le jardin extraordinaire

Mur peint - Natacha et p'tit bout d'chique

Mur peint – Natacha et p’tit bout d’chique

Mur Peint - Gaston et Prunelle

Mur Peint – Gaston et Prunelle

Mur Peint - Les coulisses du théâtre

Mur Peint – Les coulisses du théâtre

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Magelis contributes to the comics’ vitality on the territory by bringing real estate, financial and proportional solutions to authors.

Thus, the 107 (Rue de Bordeaux), entirely renovated by Magelis and inaugurated in 2016, welcomes artists collectives, just like the 51 avenue de Cognac and the “Maison des Auteurs” founded in 2002 by Magelis et managed by the “Cité de la bande dessinée et de l’image”.

In terms of subsidies, Magelis devotes €103,000 each year to projects supported by author associations such as public events, original editions, digital developments…

For the “Images en fête” event – which Magelis organizes at the beginning of summer – authors signing sessions are organized in partnership with the “Librairie de la bande dessinée” in the “Chais Magelis”.

The “Festival International de la bande dessinée”, where thousands of professionals and enthusiasts gather, is also an occasion to promote local authors and editors.

Magelis gives them the largest booth on the festival in the “Bulle Nouveaux Mondes” on the New York plaza so that every one of them can meet their audience and sell their books.

Magelis also takes willing authors to the Quai des Bulles: another major event which takes place in October at Saint-Malo.

Thus, coming to Angoulême to create art means benefiting from an environment favourable to creation and from the support of local and regional institutions.

A leading audiovisual hub

Thanks to its funding for production in animation, fiction, documentary and new media, the Charente department has become a popular destination for French producers. This incentive is approved by the and , which allows to cumulate incentives for expenses purchased locally (limited by caps in each expense category).

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Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s funding is close to €11M – that’s the 2nd funding programme in France after the Ile de France region. This is also well beyond what he other regions offer.

This is why since 1997, through Magelis’ drive, numerous studios have set up shop in Angoulême. Today, about thirty studios are located here, employing around 1,000 entertainment workers (“intermittens du spectacle”). That’s the second animation production hub in France after Paris.

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The territory is rich with seasoned professionals, including producers, technicians, etc. Some of them were trained in the schools of the Campus de l’image.

Beyond its natural scenery and its exceptional real estate heritage, Charente offers first-class infrastructures like the Transpa Studios set: about 2,000 m² next to Angoulême with all the necessary equipment. These studios is also home to the Solidanim company, specialized in motion capture, as well as AutoCiné Cascades which offers mechanical and physical stunts, car-tow shooting and camera crane.

Since Kirikou and for 20 years, numerous projects have been supported or produced entirely or partially in Charente.

Magelis contributes to maintaining a high skill level locally by growing the campus and organising first-class professional events.

Each year, the “Rencontres Animation Formation” event bring together more than 300 professionals. This is an occasion to bring together the rich French educational offering and the diversity of studios’ activities and to get an overview of the employment situation as well as of the technical and organizational evolutions.

The Rencontres Animation Développement Innovation pertains to Research & Development for French animation studios in order to help them become more competitive on a global scale.

Since 2018, Magelis has been organizing Immersity which is dedicated to immersive narration and creative innovation in VR/AR/XR.

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A reputed scene for video game creators

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Since CNAM-ENJMIN’s opening in Angoulême in 2005, a real ecosystem of independent video game creators has emerged. Under Magelis’ drive, Angoulême, has become a video game haven in France, inspiring and stimulating for all the talents who choose to establish themselves here.

Thanks to every local actors’ involvement, the video game industry is in a virtuous circle in the area combining training, financial support, marketing support, entrepreneurship and networking. Schools from the image campus offer a high-standard education for jobs of the animation and video game sector, specifically the CNAM-ENJMIN, the largest state school dedicated to video games and digital interactive media industries, regularly rewarded in international schools rankings and in student contests, the Human Academy, the large Japanese school dedicated to manga and the “CEPE – Centre Européen des Produits de l’Enfant”, an emanation ’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de l’Université de Poitiers (marketing-focused). Students benefit from high quality infrastructures and from easy networking with professionals.

At the end of their training in the CNAM-ENJMIN, students who want to develop a game they created during their studies can access the incubator and benefit from a customized support program to which the ENJMIN, GrandAngoulême, the SPN, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and Magelis contribute to.

For video games editor, working in Angoulême means access to Nouvelle-Aquitaine region funding from €600k pool which covers, up to €150k, half of the expenses required for the production of a video game: in-house development, outsourcing, artistic creation, marketing and communication, running costs…

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They also benefit from promotional operations organized by Magelis in international events like the GamesCom in Cologne, the GameCo in Paris, Virtuality Paris, the Videogame Executive Forum and Immersity in Angoulême and where French professionals from the video game and virtual reality fields gather. This is a unique opportunity to connect with first-class partners with an auspicious backdrop.

Creators who set up shop in Charente can also benefit from all the infrastructures and services offered by various public structures and quickly join the local economic fabric thanks to the numerous events run by Magelis, the local association of video game creators (Angoulême JV), the SPN, the very active local network of digital experts (SPN) and the “SNJV – Syndicat National des Jeux Vidéo” (in close relation to Magelis).