US comic artist Watterson wins top French prize

Poitou-Charentes' region president Segolene Royal visits the 41st edition of the "Festival International de la Bande Dessinee" (International Comic Book Festival), on February 1, 2014 in AngoulemeAngoulême (France) (AFP) – US cartoonist Bill Watterson, author of the worldwide cult series "Calvin and Hobbes", won the top prize Sunday for his craft at France's Angouleme world comic strip festival, organisers said. Watterson, 56, won the grand prix at the 41st edition of the festival, beating Japan's Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira") and Britain's Alan Moore ("Watchmen"). "Calvin and Hobbes", which catalogues the trials and triumphs of a six-year-old boy and his toy tiger, is the chief work of this cartoonist, who syndicated it from 1985 to 1995. It has sold more than 30 million comic books worldwide and been distributed to 2,400 newspapers.

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