It’s been a while, but let’s get back into it with a rundown of recent and upcoming Spirou publications! Until the last few weeks there wasn’t much to report, but now there’s suddenly enough to fill multiple posts. So let’s start off with French releases: We have news of two upcoming Spirou & Fantasio adventures, several collected editions, and an ever-increasing pile of Franquin-related books, among other things…
Daan Jippes is perhaps best known as a chameleon of an artist, able to create uncanny imitations of Carl Barks (he’s often been called on to restore, redraw or draw new Duck comics from Barks’ scripts) as well as Uderzo and other artists in the Franco-Belgian “bignose” tradition (including this Franquin pastiche). His original works should not be forgotten, however, particularly Twee voor Thee (“Two for Tea”, 1972) and his adaptations of the Havank detective mysteries in recent years.
Still, given his outstanding ability to straddle American and European comic traditions, it’s only natural that a lot of his commissioned illustrations should seek to combine these influences, as in these pieces:
Via the Spirou Oficial Facebook page, a nice piece of Spanish fanart:
The original page also has the pencil and ink stages. I’m not sure why Seccotine has red hair in this picture, though apparently the artist is red-green colorblind.
We’ve had one of Jemina’s drawings before. This one is in a more realistic style.
A couple of weeks ago on Wednesday, Miriam posted this penciled page from the next Spirou album by Yoann & Vehlmann (retexted in English) on tumblr, revealing a major twist:
… as you can probably tell, it’s not actually drawn by Yoann, and the day it was posted just happens to have been 1. April. I’m not sure who the actual artist/writer is (or are), if not Miriam herself; perhaps she will let us know?
Today it has been two years since Spirou Reporter launched. Many thanks to all regular readers and occasional visitors! While the blog is on something of a hiatus right now (for a number of different reasons, including work and other commitments, seasonal allergies, and certain technical difficulties), we’ll hopefully resume our regular schedule towards the end of the month.
(The illustration doesn’t have anything directly to do with the announcement: it’s from an advertisement for an event earlier this month when lots of comics were on sale for just 1 EUR, to benefit schools and libraries. I just thought it was a nice picture to liven up this post!)
The internet is helping Spirou fandom spread worldwide, though in this particular case the comic has long been published in Vietnam, both in French and Vietnamese (even if apparently not so easy to find).
Issue #4016 of the Journal de Spirou, published today, includes a rather exceptional Spirou story. Recently discovered by a collector at the bottom of an old trunk, this story appears to have been drawn by Rob-Vel in 1940, while he was serving in the French army, and has remained completely unknown and unpublished until now!
Despite Spirou Reporter’s earlier skepticism, this theme park really seems about to happen, and here’s a teaser video as further proof: