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The Angoulême International Comics Festival founded by French writers and editors Francis Groux and Jean Mardikian, and comics writer and scholar Claude Moliterni is the second largest comics festival in Europe.

The International Comics Festival is held in Angoulême which is located in west France the festival has taken place, annually, in January since 1974.

It is the greatest comics festival in Europe and during the four days of the festival, new creations of the leading comics’ artists are shown and compete for prestigious prizes in cartooning.

The awards at Angoulême were originally called the Alfred awards, after the pet auk from Zig et Puce by Alain Saint-Ogan. In 1989, the name changed to the Alph-art awards, honoring the final, unfinished Tintin album by Hergé. In 2003, the Alph-art name was dropped, and they are now simply called "The Official Awards of the International Comics Festival" (le Palmarès Officiel du Festival international de la bande dessinée).

Additionally, the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême is awarded each year to a living creator honoring his/her lifetime achievement, and the Grand Prix winner becomes president of the next year's festival. Traditionally, the president heads the prize jury of the next year's festival, illustrates the festival poster, and is given an exhibition of his or her work.