Cartoonists to Angouleme Festival: Drop SodaStream
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014-- Over forty cartoonists and illustrators
from a dozen countries around the world released an open letter today
to Franck Bondoux, director of the International Festival of Comics at
Angoulême, asking the festival to drop its relationship with the
Israeli drink manufacturer SodaStream. Among those signing the letter
were French cartoonists Siné, Baudoin, Carali, and Chimulus, Americans
Joe Sacco, Eric Drooker, Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Matt Madden, Seth
Tobocman and Sue Coe, as well as Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad
Saba’aneh, Lebanese Mazen Kerbaj, Sudanese Khalid Albaih, Tunisian
Willis From Tunis, Israeli Amitai Sandy, Brazilian Carlos Latuff,
Spanish Elchicotriste, Italian Gianluca Costantini, and many more.
The letter comes as SodaStream increasingly is targeted by an
international boycott due to the presence of its primary factory in
the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. The day before, headlines
were made when actress Scarlett Johansson ended her seven-year
relationship with the charity OxFam over disagreements stemming from
her role as a paid spokesperson for SodaStream.
The Angoulême International Comics Festival is the largest in Europe,
and the second-largest in the world. The announcement that it would be
sponsored this year by SodaStream drew immediate condemnation from
The full letter is available here.