It’s been a while since one of these, and a lot of things have happened. Too much, in fact, to deal with in a single post. So to start off, let’s look at the publications that have been released in the last few weeks. They require some warning…
Part of a series of sketches and character studies created for an abandoned project. The image file name hints that it may have involved Yann. The original blog post has a number of other pictures, including one that looks like it’s either a comic page layout (a proposed one-shot?) or a storyboard for a cartoon (Fagot works as an illustrator and animator).
This doesn’t quite fit under fanart, what with Munuera being an official Spirou artist, but I just had to post this beautiful commissioned watercolor, inspired by Franquin’s cover to Le repaire de la murène (Spirou #9, “The Lair of the Moray”).
Since Dupuis acquired Marsu Productions, there’s been a lot of talk about how this means the Marsupilami can once again appear in The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio. What hasn’t been considered so much is that it also works the other way. The issue of Journal de Spirou currently on sale (until tomorrow) includes the last part of the Marsupilami adventure Coeur d’etoile (Marsupilami #27, “Star’s Heart”) by Batem and Colman, and features a cameo by Spirou, Fantasio, Spip, and “their” Marsupilami.
The story also reveals (for the first time, as far as I am aware) that the two Marsupilamis are brothers. Although we should perhaps take this with a grain of salt, since the whole story is told as a campfire tale in the village of a nearby tribe, and it’s not clear at least to me how the (white) storyteller could possibly know this. Still, fun to see the universes being tied together more!
In 1952, the week before the first installment of Franquin’s Les voleurs du Marsupilami (Spirou #5), the magazine carried this teaser for the upcoming adventure. It was not included in the album when the story was collected, although it is reproduced (with some rather aggressive blur) in the intégrale collected edition.
Now that Cinebook has released the album in English as The Marsupilami Thieves, perhaps it can again serve its original purpose:
The film rights to The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio have been secured, and a script is currently being written, according to a story reported by several French-language news sites this week, picking up on tweets by producer Marc Missonnier at production company Fidélité Films. Fidélité’s previous movies include the live-action adaptations Little Nicholas, based on a series of children’s books by Goscinny and Sempé, and Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, as well as the rather more celebrated films by François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool).
The script is being entrusted to writers Mathieu Oullion (Radiostars, La grande boucle) and Cécile Sellam (De l’huile sur le feu, Denis). The one thing we know about it is that the film will not feature the Marsupilami, since those film rights were sold separately a few years ago to the production company of director Alain Chabat for the film HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami.
I quite like this look on Spirou. If they were to do another cartoon, a style and design similar to this might be the way to go:
“Colonel Moutarde” drew a series of designs making all the Spirou characters female. So at least Seccotine still looks herself: