Feb 172017
 

For Valentine’s Day earlier this week, writer Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) posted this image by his frequent collaborator Chris Evenhuis (Killing Time, Wynonna Earp) to Twitter and Facebook, from a one-shot that didn’t get picked up:

Kiss Me Deadly, Spirou, illustration from abandoned one-shot (ill. Chris Evenhuis & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) 2017 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from twitter.com/kidtoussaint)

Illustration for an abandoned one-shot with Kid Toussaint, by Chris Evenhuis

Toussaint writes in the comments: “Sometimes the publishers ask you for something unusual, that ultimately doesn’t go ahead… it was very good, though. […] They were very nice about it (these things happen), so no hard feelings. Just a shame, since we were having fun. […] Unusual attitude for Spirou, but it all made sense in the script. (Spoiler: It was a clone.)” The piece is inspired by the home video cover for the classic film noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955).

Thanks to Alexis Seny for the tip!

Feb 132017
 

'Bravo les Brothers' intro thumbnail, from JdS #1434 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1965 Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

The week before the magazine serialization of a new Spirou & Fantasio adventure in the Journal de Spirou, Franquin used to draw a little teaser. In 1965 he was well and truly burned out on the series: it had been two years since the last new adventure, QRN sur Bretzelburg (Spirou & Fantasio #18, “QRN Over Bretzelburg”) which itself had been delayed for more than a year after his health collapsed. He kept drawing Gaston Lagaffe each week, but only reluctantly returned to the magazine’s flagship series, as this mini-comic illustrates. However, the result was Bravo les Brothers, which ended up as his own favorite Spirou & Fantasio adventure. Continue reading »

Feb 102017
 
Théo Fernandez as Gaston Lagaffe in 'Gaston Lagaffe' film (ill. Franquin, photo from allocine.fr)

Théo Fernandez will play Gaston

Following on the heels of the Petit Spirou film and the Spirou & Fantasio film, it’s recently been reported that a film version of Franquin’s Gaston Lagaffe is also moving forward. Actors have been cast, and filming is scheduled to start as soon as March, for a release in April 2018 (beating Spirou & Fantasio – which has a 20 June release – to theaters). The Gaston comic takes place in the Spirou universe, of course – more specifically at the (fictionalized) offices of the Journal de Spirou. However, it is not clear whether this will be the case in the movie, and whether there will be any kind of “shared universe” connection between the two films. Continue reading »

Jan 292017
 
'La Jeunesse de Champignac' thumbnail ("Champignac's Youth"; ill. Jordi Sempere; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from jlmunuera on bdgest.com)

From “Champignac’s Youth” test pages, by Jordi Sempere

Yesterday’s article about the Zorglub spin-off mentioned that it seems to represent the culmination of an ambition Munuera has had for a while. In 2008, shortly after being forced out of Spirou & Fantasio, he posted a message to the BD Gest’ Forums that describes those plans: Continue reading »

Jan 282017
 
Zorglub #1 'La Fille du Z' FR provisional cover ("The Daughter of the Z"; ill. Munuera; Copyright (c) 2017 by Dupuis and the artist; image from fnac.com)

Zorglub #1: ‘La Fille du Z’ provisional cover, by José Luis Munuera

Catching up on some older news, it was revealed in December that the upcoming album by Munuera, La Fille de Zorglub (“Zorglub’s Daughter”), won’t be a Spirou one-shot, but actually the first volume in a Zorglub spin-off series. Also, the title is now the slightly different La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”). Continue reading »