Last week brought no updates on the publication front, but there are a few things to report from this week. A special edition is released, a one-shot is delayed, and there are details on the Gaston box set and a book about Jijé.
The special gold edition of Dans les griffes de la vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper”) was published on Friday, 8. November. This edition contains a special section of annotated sketches from the album as well as Yoann & Vehlmann’s two previous ones, mainly devoted to the contributions of Fred Blanchard as designer of many of the environments and vehicles. (There’s an extensive preview available on Amazon.)
Dupuis have announced their upcoming program for the next few months (though Spirou Reporter is sadly not on the distribution list). We learn via InediSpirou that the one-shot by Schwartz & Yann, Le fétiche des Marolles (“The Marolles Fetish”, previously La femme-léopard: “The Leopard Woman”), which last we heard was pushed back from October to January, is still not to be found on the schedule for either January, February or March. It has been postponed again. The reason is rumored to be that Schwartz had been overworked and was forced to take a break or reduce his workload.
The schedule does however include a previously announced book on Jijé, now with the title Quand Gillain raconte Jijé (my loose attempt at a translation: “Jijé: As Told by Gillain”), on 7. February 2014. Described as part anthology, part monograph and part biography, it will include unpublished and rare art by Gillain. (Via BD Gest and Le Petit Écho de Champignac)
Also, according to InediSpirou, the book Franquin et le design (“Franquin and the Design”) is currently scheduled for 7. March 2014, having most recently been pushed back from January, and originally from last June.
Finally, Dupuis posted photos of the upcoming complete Gaston box set to Facebook. The box is still set for release on 22. November.