May 282014
 
'Lupo Modern' Sammelband 5 cover (ill. Vlado Magdic? after Franquin; (c) Pabel/Kauka/Gevacur, Dupuis and the artist; image from kaukapedia.com)

‘Lupo modern’ Sammelband #5 (1965)

Most Kauka covers adopted a house style, but the artist responsible for this one (whom one source tentatively identifies as Vlado Magdic) seems to have tried to imitate Franquin, recreating a scene straight out of Spirou et les héritiers (Spirou #4, “Spirou and the Heirs”). The book is a digest collecting three issues of the anthology magazine Lupo modern, where that same adventure ran in installments under the title “Pit und Pikkolo: Onkel Gustavs Testament”.

(I’ve looked around for a better scan, but couldn’t find anything.)

May 252014
 
Raider of the Lost Archive, 'Back to the Redak' (ill. Yoann, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Notice those guys in the back…

Yoann & Vehlmann’s first published Spirou story (after their one-shot) was this eight-pager from 2008, Back to the Rédak. (“Rédak” is short for rédaction, the publishing offices of a magazine; as an English title I’ve gone with “Raider of the Lost Archive”.) It is, among other things, the story of how Spirou got back into his old uniform… Continue reading »

May 252014
 
'Empire Maya' (ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from yoann.ultra-book.com)

Spirou, Fantasio and Spip getting ready for a different adventure. Yoann (2010)

The projected title and release date of the next Spirou adventure just became public by way of the online retailer BDnet: Le Labyrinthe d’Ibn-Sina (Spirou #54, “Ibn-Sina’s Labyrinth”) should be for sale on 14. November, 2014 – or at least the special edition should. Of course, both the date and the title might change before release. Continue reading »

May 142014
 

'Spip, Couette & Calot' (from the animation series by Pikaboo, Oliver Auqier, Dreamwall Studio and Dupuis)

We’ve had some weird stuff before in the “It’s Official” series, but it doesn’t get much weirder than this. Spip, Couette & Calot is a 3D animation series about the adventures of Spip, along with Spirou’s creepily-come-to-life bellhop cap (Calot) and Seccotine’s… pony tail (Couette, who’s represented as a tiny Seccotine head on legs). Seriously, W!T!F! Continue reading »

May 132014
 

Spirouland logo (image from stripspeciaalzaak.be)

A couple of weeks ago, plans were announced for a Spirou theme park to be built outside of Brussels. This comes in addition to earlier news of a park in the south of France. This new park, with the working name “Spirouland”, is part of a big redevelopment project for the Heysel plateau, most famous as the site of the Atomium monument, built for the 1958 World Fair held there. Continue reading »

May 122014
 

'Porträtt av hjälten som oskuldsfull ung man', Swedish edition of 'Journal d'un ingénu (ill. Bravo; (c) Cobolt, Dupuis and the artist; image from serieforum.se)

Cobolt, which publishes the Spirou albums in Denmark, recently announced that they are expanding to Sweden and would publish the collected edition of Valerian & Laureline (“Linda och Valentin” in Swedish) there. Yesterday a cover for a Swedish edition of Journal d’un ingénu, “Spirou: Porträtt av hjälten som oskuldsfull ung man” (“Portrait of the Hero as an Innocent Young Man”) appeared with a Cobolt logo, so apparently that will also be among their offerings. Continue reading »