Jun 182013

Spirou 53 cover SE (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Egmont)Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper”) is released today in Sweden under the title Spirou: I Vipers Klor, available in bookstores and on newsstands (source). It’s number 52 in the Swedish album order, and was previously reviewed here.

With this publication, the album is now (to my knowledge) available in 7 languages: French, Dutch, Finnish, German, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Not too shabby! As for English… don’t hold your breath.



Jun 172013
From Spirou #53 édition luxe (ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis)

Samples of Yoann’s preparations for Spirou #53 (from the deluxe edition)

Take this for what it’s worth, but the user Thizman on the Spirou.com forum says that while he and another user, Kuash, were getting a dedication from Yoann (presumably at the Lyon BD Festival this weekend past), Yoann said that he is currently on the second page of Spirou #54. That doesn’t sound like very far along, even if he has been doing character studies, sketches and layouts before starting – as seen above for the previous album. He also divulged that he and Vehlmann don’t yet know how to reintroduce the Marsupilami in Spirou #55.

Most likely, none of this is particularly consequential, and I cannot vouch for the information, but hey, aren’t those sketches nice?

Jun 162013

Spirou 53 cover NO (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Egmont; scan via minetegneserier.no)The Norwegian edition of Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper) has hit the streets a few days ahead of the official release date, under the title Sprint: I Vipers Klør. Published by Egmont and translated by Arvid Skancke-Knutsen, the album is number 60 in the Norwegian sequencing. The adventure was previously reviewed here.

At the same time, Egmont’s Haakon W. Isachsen states that the remaining one-shots (and specifically Le journal d’un ingénu) are too narrow for the Norwegian market, and won’t be released there. Norwegian fans should instead seek out the upcoming Danish edition.