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Lyon BD Festival


Last updated date : 22/05/2024

In just a few years, Lyon comic book festival has become one of France’s stand-out “ninth art” events.

Exposition lors du Lyon BD Festival

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Presentation of Lyon BD Festival

From Collège Graphique to Lyon city hall, from Lyon’s bookshops, the whole city celebrates comic books every June. A look back at the Lyon BD Festival, an event with too many speech bubbles to ever fall flat!

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Lyon BD Festival

4 place Lieutenant-Morel - 69001 Lyon 1er

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2024 event

On June 7, 8 and 9, 2024, Lyon celebrates comics. This 19th edition'll focus on major comic book titles, in-depth reflection on contemporary societal issues and renewed support for young creation. All in 4 main locations: Lyon Town Hall, AURA Regional Hall, Graphic College and the Musée des Tissus.

Two exhibitions will bring families together in the setting of Lyon City Hall: a first dedicated to Lou!, another exhibition at Bergères guerrières. But also music, with three concerts and comic shows. This 19th edition questions the world of comics through a series of masterclasses on societal themes and program of numerous meetings with renowned authors. 

This year, the festival is free!

Lyon, city of bubbles

The Lyon BD comic book festival was first organised in Lyon back in 2006. Firstly up on the Croix-Rousse plateau for just a few insiders. Like pioneers Olivier and Jérôme Jouvray, Lyon-based comic book authors who attended this event from day 1. Olivier Jouvray is well known as a founding member of La Revue Dessinée. And Jérôme draws and creates - as a team with his brother (storyline) and his wife, Anne-Claire (colouring) - the successful series Lincoln, which now counts 8 volumes and has sold 200,000 copies.

Over the years, bubbles have taken over the whole city and the festival has built its fanbase. Today, this event, which is recognised all across France, welcomes around 300 authors and some 80,000 visitors. From Lyon Opera House to Place Bellecour, from Théâtre des Célestins to Musée des Confluences, exhibitions, workshops, Q&As, and events will fill these two days dedicated to comic books. 

Number 1 in Europe

Since January 2023, Collège Graphique has been Lyon’s new comic book stronghold. Set up in Collège Truffaut’s former gymnasium in the 1st district, the 500m² site now hosts artists in residence, non-profit organisations, and collectives working to spread “comic book culture” all year round. It is now the leading European centre focused on the 9th art aiming, among other initiatives, to organise workshops, Q&As, exhibitions, etc. to bring together local residents and artists.

Comics month in June in Lyon

Pénélope Bagieu, Riad Sattouf, Zep, Mathieu Sapin, Frank Pé, Florence Cestac, Benjamin Flao and many other big names were in Lyon for the comic book festival. Every year, the festival serves up fresh surprises and invites major figures from the world of comic books to Lyon to exhibit their work.

Lyon BD Festival continues to amaze Lyonnais and visitors throughout the month of June. On the program, signings, meetings, masterclasses, drawn concerts and exhibitions: 

  • The Musée des Tissus temporarily reopens its doors for an exhibition dedicated to Corto Maltese, from May 31 to July 28.
  • The Maison du Livre, de l'Image et du Son in Villeurbanne is hosting the Pucelle exhibition, dedicated to the two graphic novels by Florence Dupré La Tour.


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Lyon BD Festival

4 place Lieutenant-Morel - 69001 Lyon 1er

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Bus S12 from "Hotel de Ville Louis Pradel" stop "Place Morel"