Sep 182014
 

Émile Bravo at the 2009 Strasbulles Festival (photo by and (C) Ji-Elle, licensed under CC-Attribution-Share Alike; via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 50th birthday of Émile Bravo. Bravo has only made one Spirou album so far, Le Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”) in 2008, but what an album! Going back to the origin of the character, and re-imagining it in a more realistic, historically grounded setting, it does for Spirou what Alan Moore did for superheroes.  A big hit with both critics and readers, it was an “Essential” pick at the 2009 Angoulême Comics Festival, and is rated as one of the best Spirou albums of all time by fans over at InediSpirou. It is available in French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Finnish, Danish and Swedish, as well as an edition in Brussels dialect.  Bravo is currently working on a sequel in two volumes, projected for publication in 2015 and 2016.

Bravo was born in Paris to Spanish-born parents; his father had fled from Franco’s Spain. Bravo debuted with Fingers in 1988. Early on he was strongly influenced by Yves Chaland, notably in Ivoire (1990), his first of many collaborations with Jean Regnaud. With Regnaud he made three albums with the adventures of Aleksis Strogonov (1993–1998), which marked a breakthrough in his work. In 1999, Bravo launched a new series, the adventures of Jules, very much in the tradition of Tintin, and then in 2004 Boucle d’Or et les sept ours nains (“Goldilocks and the Seven Squat Bears“) for younger children. Bravo has also illustrated children’s books: Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a recontré Buffalo Bill (“My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill“), written by Regnaud and told in a mixed comic/storybook style, was also an Angoulême Essential and was adapted as an animated movie in 2013.

Happy birthday, Émile!

Sep 162014
 
Fournier Spirou Festival header, from JdS #3986 (ill. Fournier; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

Recent Spirou Festival promo, in Fournier’s current style (or styles).

Mere hours after our last update, Philippe Tomblaine (author of Aux sources du S, “Origins of the S”) mentioned on the BD Gest’ forum that Fournier’s album L’Ankou (Spirou #27, “The Ankou” or “Harbinger of Death”) may be re-released in a new deluxe edition, with at least five pages redrawn by Fournier in his current style. Exciting news for those of us who think his style has been getting better with age!

The album would supposedly not be published by Dupuis (so most likely by another of the parent company’s imprints, then). And let’s also reiterate that this is only a potential publication, not an official announcement of a done deal.

Sep 162014
 
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Sketch for ‘Fondation Z’

… One-Shot edition! New information (and some newly-uncovered information) tells us more about the schedule of upcoming releases, and why there are suddenly so many of them. Also, let Franquin & Jijé teach you how to become a comic creator… Continue reading »

Sep 122014
 

This may look more like fan colors on top of existing inks than like fanart, but a closer look shows that’s even though it’s quite close to Fournier’s original (see below the cut), it has been redrawn completely.

Spirou and Fantasio from 'La Maison dans la mousse' (ill. Olivier Clero after Fournier; (c) Dupuis and the artists; from deviantart)

Spirou and Fantasio by Olivier Clero (2014) after ‘La Maison dans la mousse’ by Fournier (1980).
Image from DeviantArt.

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Sep 072014
 

Another one of the winners of the Spirou Challenge #4, taking fourth place. I decided not to edit the title, since it’s so integrated into the drawing.

Spirou et les voleurs du Marsupilami (ill. Guilia Jones; (c) Dupuis and the artist; from Journal de Spirou #3979)

Spirou and the Marsupilami Thieves

Jean-François Moyersoen was the owner of Marsu Productions.

The artist had this to say: “This page is a combination of everything I wanted to do! The desire to reinvent Spirou and put him in a great adventure movie. The desire to draw a fake cover. The desire to use the Count’s inventions and to comment on the return of the Marsupilami. In the end, it took six pages! Then I had to cut, to correct, to cut again, take four aspirins, and then finally the background determined the form, and I managed to put almost everything into the whole hodgepodge.”

Sep 042014
 
Journal de Spirou #3986 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

Cover translated for your reading pleasure.

The first part of the next Spirou adventure (which now goes by the title Le Groom de Sniper Alley, “The Sniper Alley Bellhop”) appears in this week’s issue of the Journal, and next week’s installment is already in the hands of some subscribers. (A number of pages can also be previewed on Izneo, where many of the pictures in this post are from.) So let’s have a sneak peek. (SPOILERS follow!) Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 
Spirou and Marsupilami, homage to Franquin (ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from bdzoom)

Spirou and the Marsupilami, homage to Franquin by Yoann (2009).
Image from BDZoom (original).

If you were worried for some reason that there weren’t going to be any more Spirou albums, put that fear aside, as this week brings news of adventures to come both in the near- and long-term future. Continue reading »