Jun 142013
 

Lyon BD Festival 2013 (via Lyon Mairie du 2)

If you just happen to be in France this weekend, don’t miss the 6th leg of the Spirou Tour. This stop is held in Lyon as part of the Lyon BD festival. Originally it was set to feature Yoann & Vehlmann, but the latter had to cancel because he’s moving to Nantes this weekend. Yoann should still be there, though, along with other magazine contributors including Feroumont.

Jun 112013
 

Spirou 39 EN (ill. Cinebook, Tome & Janry)

I recently came across a discussion from last year on the blog The Hooded Utilitarian. It’s from a series of articles called The Anniversary of Hate, where different writers discuss “the worst comic ever.” The title of this particular entry, by Alex Buchet, speaks for itself: Spirou and Fantasio: Racism for Kids. Continue reading »

Jun 092013
 
Le journal d'un ingénu cover (ill. Dupuis, Bravo)

Cobolt’s Carsten Søndergaard has provided an update on the status of the Danish publisher’s upcoming Spirou titles.

Contrary to previous suggestions, they’ve decided to not do a version of the book Spirou par Chaland that Dupuis is putting out later this year. The content (described as “more text than Chaland drawings”) is primarily interesting to a narrow a group of fans and collectors, and that would mean an unsustainable price point for a small, black and white book. They hope to instead publish Chaland’s Spirou series in some other format at a later date, perhaps in combination with some of the work by Serge Clerc.

In better news, he confirms that the next Spirou album will be Émile Bravo’s Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), to be published perhaps as soon as September. This is the last missing one-shot album to be published in Danish. They haven’t finalized the Danish title yet, but it might be something along the lines of Portræt af den unge helt som et fjols (“Portrait of the Young Hero as a Fool,” a version of the German Porträt eines Helden als junger Tor, or “Portrait of a Hero as a Young Fool”).

Bravo’s album will be followed towards the end of the year or the start of 2014 by the much-easier-to-translate La femme-léopard (“The Leopard Woman”) by Schwartz & Yann, in Danish as Leopardkvinnen. This follow-up to their first one-shot is scheduled for a November release in French, so the Danish edition is hot on the heels of the original.

Jun 062013
 

We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released… Continue reading »

Jun 052013
 

Spirou 53 cover DE (ill. Carlsen, Yoann & Vehlmann)The German edition of Spirou #53, In den Fängen der Viper (“In the Clutches of the Viper”) is now available from Carlsen. This is the 51st album in the German order. As with the other German albums, it includes exclusive extra material, in this instance 8 pages including pencil versions of some pages, a cover image from the Journal, paintings by Yoann that relate to the story, and editorial material and texts (source). No bonus story this time around; the only obvious candidate, Yoann & Vehlmann’s Groom Toujours! (“Bellhop Forever”!) from the special anniversary issue, was probably too recent to make it in.

“In the Clutches of the Viper” was reviewed here, based on the French and Danish editions.

Carlsen will also publish the collected edition of the series (versions of the French intégrale books), expecting to start in fall 2014. For album collectors, meanwhile, Carlsen offers slipcases to help keep the bookshelf tidy, and a seventh of these will be available in spring 2014.