WHEN YOUR EVER-so-cultured friend invites you to a French art festival, you don’t typically think of comic books and cartoons.

This time, you should. From April 16th to 24, Festival Image is bringing some of the best and brightest animators, comic artists, and publishers to D.C. and Baltimore. The featured speakers will discuss the differences and possibilities presented by both sequential art forms. French cartoonist Antoine Dode; Apple’s former animator-in-residence, Laurence Arcadias; and Baltimore’s own Jose Villarrubia are among the many ‘toon-friendly panelists.

The whole kid-friendly, cross-cultural showcase is part of a collaboration between the Maryland Institute College of Art and D.C.’s Alliance Francaise. MICA students will be presenting their own take on comics and animation alongside works by students of France’s esteemed <a href="http://www.supinfocom.fr/"SUPINFOCOM. You can catch the opening night festivities at Alliance Francaise on Friday at 7:30 p.m., with workshops and screenings to follow at MICA and Alliance Francaise.

» Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW; opens Fri. April 16, through April 25, $8; 202-234-7911. (Dupont Circle)

Written by Express contributor Ryan Little
Photo courtesy Cyril Pedrosa