Oct 302015
 

It’s always interesting to see American artists interpret European comics characters (cf. this Steve Rude piece). Bill Sienkiewicz is a major US comics artist, known for his expressionistic style that often incorporates oil painting and collage in dramatic compositions. But a couple of tributes to the Franco-Belgian classics Asterix and Spirou show that he also appreciates the rounder, cartoonier side of the medium.

Spirou and Spip (ill. Bill Sienkiewicz; (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from bear1na.tumblr.com)

Spirou and Spip, by Bill Sienkiewicz

(The picture was apparently drawn at the London Super Comics Convention this spring.)

Oct 272015
 
Inks for panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

“We’ll have to squeeze in, Spip. I wasn’t able to save more than one hammock from our suitcases.”
“Bah! No problem. We’ll snuggle up like in the good old days!”
From Spirou & Fantasio #55, by Yoann & Vehlmann (2015)

A spokesperson for Dupuis announced yesterday on the official Spirou forum that the next adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann (still only known as Spirou & Fantasio #55) will begin its serialization in the 4051/4052 issue of the Journal, which goes on sale 2. December (and to subscribers a few days earlier). Today, Yoann posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption “Back to work” (having come back from the Quai des bulles comics festival in St. Malo), so clearly there’s still some work left to do on the album. Good luck!

Oct 232015
 

Two years ago, Fanart Friday featured a panel from an exercise in the Graphical Storytelling course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, where students had to adapt an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road using Franquin’s characters and style. Back then it was the only example I could track down, but recently a bit more digging uncovered entries from many more students.

Franquin-style adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' (ill. Maria Simone "Simo" Blüchert; (c) 2013 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from meganepokomi.tumblr.com)

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy and Muir Jover, after Franquin (2015)

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Oct 142015
 

News on upcoming publications from the last couple of weeks: Drawing Spirou is a full-time job, new titles for Spaniards and young Marsupilami fans, and more! Continue reading »

Oct 112015
 

"Where Is Spip?" header ('Où est Spip ?' from JdS #4010; ill. Pau & Sti; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

This week’s scanlation might need a little context. In February of this year, the Journal de Spirou ran a special issue (#4010) on the theme “Where is Spip?” – the premise being that Spip had disappeared and had to be found. The magazine featured several stories about the hunt for him, and every comic in the magazine featured a more-or-less hidden Spip (“Where’s Waldo?”-style) in one panel. Continue reading »