Business day

The professionnal day will be in automne 2023.

Since 2008, the Lyon BD Festival has offered a professional day each year. This event allows more than 200 professionals from France and abroad to meet, exchange and debate. 
Conferences, masterclasses, keynotes and a professional job-meeting make up this event which brings together the actors of the book chain to highlight their projects and ideas. 
In 2022, the professional day will be held on Friday 10 June at the Hôtel de Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. (subject to government measures).
Please follow this link to register for Lyon BD professional day : 

Price :
- Professional: €60 incl. VAT
- Author: free
- Student: free
-Speaker / press: free

The programme includes

- Cycle of conferences, keynotes and round tables

9.15 - 9.30 Introduction to the Business Day 

> Philippe Brocard (president of Lyon BD and author)  

9.30 - 9.45 Focus on: The first comic book resource centre in Africa  

> Elyon’s (president of the Bilili association and author)  


Elyon’s will present the project to create the first digital and physical comic book resource centre in Africa, in Brazzaville.


9.45 - 10.45 Best practices for artistic residencies 

> Richard Foster (associate director of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival)  
> Thomas-Louis Côté (director of the Quebec Comic Arts Festival)   
> Maria Surducan (author)  
> Florabelle Rouyer (National Book Centre)  

Moderator: Benjamin Roure (Livres Hebdo) 


Industry stakeholders will discuss the tools and best practices for developing successful residencies. Topics will include local and international collaborations, project structure and key stages, legal obligations, payment, needs and support for authors (artistic, professional and technical guidance), as well as results and opportunities.


10.45 - 11.00 Focus on: The Collège Graphique   

> Nicolas Piccato (director of the Lyon Comics Festival)  


Nicolas Piccato will give a preview of the Collège Graphique, a new space for comic art in our region. 


11.00 - 12.00 Virtual worlds of Comic Art 

> Lise Famelart (journalist specialising in comics and tech)  
> Karrie Fransman (author)  
> Clotilde Palluat (head writer at Mâtin) 
> Boulet (author)  

Moderator: Jean-Samuel Kriegk (Blast / dBD)  


This round table will discuss comic art in digital and virtual formats. Industry news and trends will be explored with an overview of the new digital creations, platforms and social networks. Then, virtual reality headsets will take centre stage to showcase the transformations that immersive realities can bring to comic art.   


12.00 - 12.30 Focus on: Naver Webtoon  

> Maxime d'Enfert (Naver Webtoon)


Interested in learning more about webtoons and the opportunities available for comic book authors? Come discover Naver Webtoon, the first digital comic book platform. Maxime d’Enfert (Naver Webtoon) will talk about the launch in France as well as the growth prospects and opportunities for French authors.


14.00 - 14.10 Introduction to the Business Day afternoon 

> Belinda Billen (administrator and head of international affairs and the business day) 

14.10 - 14.30 Focus on: La Sofia and payment practices for author signings at Comic Book Festivals  

> Marc-Antoine Boidin (administrator at La Sofia and vice-president of Snac BD)     > Geoffroy Pelletier (director of La Sofia)


Find out all there is to know about the organisation that handles rights management in the book industry, payment practices for authors and artists who do signings at comic book festivals and get answers to questions from authors, editors and festival organisers. 


14.30 - 15.30 New economic models in publishing  

> Olivier Jouvray (writer, professor and member of Epicerie séquentielle)  
> Claude Amauger (Editions Tanibis)  
> Lisa Mandel (Editions Exemplaire)  
Moderator: Joël Bouvier (head of authors and literature, A-R-A Livre et lecture)  


Economic models in publishing have been rattled: should we do things differently? Various publishing organisations will present and discuss their models, with a particular focus on authors’ royalties. 


16.00 - 16.15 Focus on: Coups de crayon sur la Constitution chilienne  With: 
> Antonia Bañados (author)  


Antonia Bañados will present Coups de crayon sur la Constitution, an invitation for Chilean illustrators to express their views on the Chilean constitution through comics.  


16.15 - 17.00 France-Portugal season 

> Catarina Valente (director of the Amadora Comics festival)  
> Nicolas Piccato (director of the Lyon Comics Festival)  
> Victoire Di Rosa (Head curator of the  France-Portugal season)  
> Patrícia Guimarães (author)

Moderator : 


The Amadora International Comic Festival is Lyon BD’s special guest as part of the France-Portugal Season, with an exhibition and the presence of authors and other professionals. The Amadora and Lyon festivals would like to present their partnership and joint exhibition that will take you on a voyage between the two countries. 


17.00 - 18.00 The Ink Link, a socially responsible comic book collective 

> Wilfrid Lupano (co-founder of The Ink Link and writer)  
> Aurélie Neyret (author)  
> Jean Dytar (author)  
Moderator : Raphaël Ruffier (L'Arrière-Cour) 


Winner of the 2018 Prix Hors Cases, The Ink Link helps and supports social, environmental and humanitarian NGOs through art. Wilfrid Lupano, Aurélie Neyret and Jean Dytar will speak to us about the collective as well as its activities, both past and future.  



  • Job-meeting with publishing houses and interprofessional book structures. 

This event is open to students or young comic book authors. By means of a 20-minute appointment, this scheme offers the possibility of receiving advice or publishing opportunities from publishing houses and interprofessional book structures (legal advice, writing grants, residencies, rights, etc.).

The appointment system will be available in April

Practical information :

Hôtel de Région de Lyon, 1 esplanade François Mitterrand - CS 20033, 69269 Lyon Cedex 02

- Tram T 1 / Stop Hôtel de Région-Montrochet- Bus n°63 - 8 - S1 / Stop Hôtel de Région-Montrochet
- Cars du Rhône lines 105 - 125 - 185 / Stop Hôtel de Région-Montrochet
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