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La Cité internationationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (CNBDI)

La Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (National Center of Cartooning and Imagery) was born from a cross-collaboration between the Charente County council, the French ministry of Culture and Communication, the city of Angoulême and the Poitou-Charentes region.


It includes a museum, a heritage library, a specialized public library, a documentation centre, an international artists’ residence (la maison des auteurs), a high standard reference bookshop, a two-screen art house cinema, an Internet consultation point, a technical multimedia support centre and a panoramic restaurant.

La Cité is housed in three buildings along the Charente river or overlooking it, it is located at the heart of the image centre developed in the département which contributes to the national and worldwide popularity of Angoulême as the world’s city of comics 1).

Permanent collections

A complete history of French and American comics, a unique collection in Europe, is displayed within a remarkable 1,300 m2 scenography. The ninth art patrimony can be discovered through more than 400 pieces of original artwork, old editions, advertisement objects, toys, movie excerpts.

The strips, boards and drawings are selected among 8,000 originals and are renewed every three months, thus ensuring proper conservation - the works are displayed for four months and then kept in stock for four years, which means a new museum three times per year!

Sans titre, dessin réalisé pour une monographie consacrée à l’histoire du périodique (A Suivre)

The circuit includes reading areas distributed in three sections: the history of comics, the lounge where are displayed the major works according to an aesthetic and stylistic approach, and the workshop which focuses on comics creation techniques. All way through audiovisual sequences related to the showcases are available: excerpts from authors’ animation movies or derived from comic book characters, authors’ interviews, documentaries on authors at work or focusing on great moments of the history of comics 2).

The Musée des Ombres (Le) has been there, and has been in part scenographed by François Schuiten.


Together with Bibliothèque nationale de France also the CNBDI received a part of the donation by François Schuiten 3).

Les livres de l’ombre, page 5, illustration pour études d’affiches

The CNBDI received a set of 24 drawings, sketches and original scenic drawings relating to various events in Angouleme with which this major author has maintained direct relations.

Intended to enter the collections :

  • Seven sketches of posters for the 30th International Cartoon Festival of Angoulême 2003;
  • Various original drawings made ​​in tribute to other authors presented in exhibitions held at the Museum of Cartoons
  • Looking for Nemo , a tribute to Little Nemo, original plate No.1 and 2 , 1992;
  • Untitled drawing on the designer Reiser ;
  • Drawing duplex tribute to Le Chat by Philippe Geluck ;
  • A tribute to Paul Cuvelier and Epoxy created for the exhibition hundred percent, 2010;
  • An original plate duplex performed for The Gallery of Illustrious Spirou exhibition in 2013) .

This gift also includes a series of drawings for publications :

  • Untitled drawing for the newspaper Le Soir , Angoulême 2003;
  • A drawing for the cover of Liberation for the 30th Festival of Angoulême 2003;
  • The Adventures of Tintin, a sunken world , drawing a false cover of Tintin Le Figaro ;
  • A drawing made for a monograph on the history of the periodic (A Suivre) ) )
  • 6 scenographic sketches for “Les livres de l’ombre”, pages 1, 2 , 3, 4 , 5, 9 .

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