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We’ve long partnered with Angoulême’s International Comics Festival, an annual celebration of comics of all types—from Franco-Belgian classics to graphic novels to manga. But we also organize specialized exhibitions and projects to highlight the best examples of what connoisseurs call the Ninth Art.

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Angoulême International Comics Festival

Since 2006, SNCF has been a key partner of Angoulême’s annual tribute to comics—a festival that draws fans from around the world. And while we’ve traditionally focused on comics and crime, we’re now casting a wider net. In 2022, the SNCF Studio space at the festival featured a deep dive into manga, which now accounts for half of all comics sold in France.

Free and open to all, SNCF Studio hosts a range of exhibits and special events, including the ceremony for our Fauve Polar awards.

SNCF’s Fauve Polar Prize

Who will succeed Antoine Maillard for his comic book "L'Entaille" published by Casterman? After the jury's vote, the 12th Fauve Polar SNCF Prize will be awarded to one of the works selected this year:

  • « Gauloises », Andrea Serio & Igort, Futuropolis
  • « Colorado Train », Alex W. Inker, Sarbacane
  • « Le dormeur », Carlos Aón & Rodolfo Santullo, Ilatina
  • « Hound Dog », Nicolas Pegon, Denoël Graphic 
  • « Meurtre télécommandé », Janwillem Van de Wetering & Paul Kirchner, Tanibis
  • « Lost Lad London », Shinya Shima, Ki-Oon
  • « Reckless : éliminer les monstres », Ed Brubaker & Sean Philips, Delcourt

Inspired by the feline mascot designed by Lewis Trondheim for the Angoulême Festival in 2007, our award statue shows a cat sporting a classic trench coat and fedora in honour of the crime genre.

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12,000 visitors to SNCF Studio in 2022

Prix SNCF du Polar turns 20

Launched two decades ago by crime novel fans in the SNCF workforce, these annual awards go to works that win the most votes from the public.  It’s an ideal match, since mystery and suspense are as popular on long train journeys as they are in stations and at festivals across France.

A comic that celebrates sustainable, socially responsible mobility

At SNCF Group, we’re committed to preserving biodiversity, avoiding waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As part of this effort, we commissioned author and artist Dominique Bertail to create an original 13-page album. Chaque jour plus vert (“Greener by the day”) was unveiled as an exhibit in the SNCF Studio at this year’s Angoulême Festival. It’s now set to tour France, raising awareness that rail is our planet’s natural ally in the fight against climate change.

Download the full comic (in French)

Interview Dominique Bertail – Auteur/Dessinateur de « Chaque jour plus vert » BD originale pour SNCF

Graphic artist Jul tackles rail freight

Also at the 2022 Angoulême Festival, the 4F Alliance—for Fret ferroviaire Français du futur, or the future of rail freight in France—published a comic aimed at raising public awareness of rail freight.
Created in partnership with graphic artist Jul, the work is titled Le fond de l’air est fret (roughly, “Freight is in the air”). The 10-page album takes a humorous look at key environmental challenges facing freight transport today.

Learn more about the 4F Alliance

Jul’s light-hearted illustrations are accompanied by texts that help readers better understand how daily life is affected by issues from air quality and transporting essential goods to decarbonizing industry, reducing road congestion and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The artist was on hand to present his new comic at the 2022 Festival.

Check out Jul’s comic (in French)

Chemin de Faire podcast explores the shared history of trains and comic books

Did you know that one of the first pages of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1929) shows Hergé’s intrepid reporter boarding a train? Because comics and railways rose to prominence at around the same time, famous characters including Zig and Puce, Lucky Luke, Spirou and Fantasio are all featured aboard trains. Our podcast Chemin de Faire explores this connection with Dominique Poncet, who teaches the history of comics at the Académie Delcour and has been actively involved in the Angoulême Festival for 30 years. Happy listening (in French)!

(Podcast) Train et BD : un chemin tout tracé ?