In Algeria, the International Festival of the comic strip of Algiers (FIBDA) celebrates this year its ten years. After focusing on African comics, the organizers decided this year to invite French authors. But the public seems to prefer the manga universe to them.
It required a guest of honor for the ten years of the International Festival of the cartoon of Algiers. This is France because for Dalila Nadjem, commissioner of FIBDA, Paris is one of the biggest partners of Algeria in terms of cartoon (comics).
“There is a collaboration that exists with several French festivals … on the island of Réunion, Lyon, Angoulême. We made collective albums,” she explains. And there are influences of the French comics on the Algerian comics, ” especially the first generation, the ancients: they were all trained in the French school of the comic strip. So there are great influences. In the new generation, perhaps a little less: they are more influenced by the manga“.
Young Algerians prefer mangas
In the afternoon, the conference of Jacques Ferrandez attracts only a handful of spectators. The animation is on stage, where the Cosplay Contest takes place, a competition of super-hero costumes or characters of manga, in which participates Souha, 18 years. ” It’s a passion. We love the animated and so, here, there are many people who share this passion and understand each other. Everyone understands here. It’s fun, “she says enthusiastically. She loves Japanese comics, mangas. “We’re coming for that,” she says.
Last year, Japanese mangas and animates represented 50% of the festival’s activities and the bulk of the bookstore’s sales.