Finally, here it is, the scanlation that’s been giving me so much trouble. With the recent release of the Danish edition of Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), I figured readers should have a chance to experience Bravo’s prequel story.
Not a whole lot on the publications front this week. Well, lots of small things, but hardly anything major. Still, read on if you want to know what’s been happening…
These drawings popped up on tumblr the other day. The art style strongly reminds me of something, but I can’t put my finger on it.
Last week, ActuaBD published a short but fascinating interview with Émile Bravo by Christian Missia Dio, where the artist talks about the continuation of Journal d’un ingénu and how he sees Spirou. There is also some discussion of the cartoon adaptation of My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill, a half-comic, half-picture book by Bravo and Jean Regnaud. The film opened in cinemas across France yesterday. If you can read French (or can use Google Translate), you should definitely click over to ActuaBD. If you can’t, here are some of the highlights of the interview.
So, it doesn’t look like the promised scanlation is going to be ready until the weekend. But so that you won’t have to go two whole weeks without a new Spirou comic in English, here’s another couple of installments of the Spirou comic jam An Exquisite Corpse:
Strange thing about it: sometimes a task takes much longer than expected. The scanlation that was meant to be up here by now doesn’t seem like it would be more difficult than any other, but somehow every step is just taking much more time than usual. Originally scheduled for last weekend, it’s still not quite ready, and I don’t have a backup lined up. I’m hopeful that it will be done in the next day or two, but meanwhile I must ask for your patience.
The Animation Workshop, an animation school in Denmark, posted this on Facebook last week. Students in their Graphic Storytelling program were given the exercise to adapt part of Cormac McCarthy’s super-depressing post-apocalyptic novel The Road… in the style of Franquin! The task might have been easier if they could base it on the later style that he used in the morbid Idées noires gags (“Franquin’s Last Laugh“), but no, apparently it had to be 1950s Franquin as seen in Spirou. This was one of the resulting entries:
Spirou (playing the part of The Boy) is looking unaccountably chipper there! If any of the students who took part in the exercise want to share some more samples, that would be very much appreciated.
The Danish release of Émile Bravo’s Spirou one-shot follows hot on the heels of news of its sequel(s!), along with rumors of two other future Spirou albums, and more.