Jan 282016
 

Subscribers have now had a chance to read the final installment of La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) in the Journal. The next step is the album release on 4. March, and to promote it, Dupuis has released the “teaser trailer” above, recapping the Marsupilami’s history in the series. Interestingly, according to publisher Cobolt, the Danish album release (as Spirillens Vrede) will be on 24. February, before the French publication!

Jan 262016
 
Spirou whispering secrets to Gaston (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from comicbookresources.com)

Illustration by Franquin

(This story was originally published on 30/12/2015. New information has now come to light, so it has been updated on 26/1/2016.)

In an announcement on Le Petit Écho de Champignac, and later in comments to the BD Gest forum, Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (half of CBPY, the authors of Le Véritable histoire de Spirou), has talked cryptically about an upcoming Spirou publication. Continue reading »

Jan 182016
 
Working logo for 'Le Petit Spirou' film (image from facebook.com/Nicolas-Bary-186707934726362/)

‘Le Petit Spirou’ movie logo. From Facebook

It’s been announced that the upcoming Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) movie, directed by Nicolas Bary, will start filming this summer sometime between May and July, for release in spring 2017. While Spirou Reporter hasn’t followed news of the development closely, it has apparently been moving along steadily since the initial report, with a number of updates on various Facebook pages over the last year. Continue reading »

Jan 172016
 

Spirou 2000 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1957 Dupuis and the artist; SR restoration)

In 1957, the Journal de Spirou reached issue #1000 (albeit having skipped some numbers during the war). The anniversary issue included several supplements, including a mini-comic (pages that could be taken out and folded up to make another, smaller magazine) for which Franquin drew this little two-pager. Spirou 2000 looks forward to the magazine’s 2000th issue, which would come out in 1976. So get ready for some retro-futurism! Continue reading »

Jan 152016
 
Remake of 'Spirou et Fantasio' album cover, from 'Let Petit livre de la bande dessiné' by Hervé Bourhis & Terreur Graphique (ill. François Ravard after Franquin; Copyright (c) 2014 by Dupuis, Dargaud and the artists; image from tumblr.com)

Remake of ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ (1948) album cover, by François Ravard after Franquin (2014).

Today is the release date of the second volume of Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault’s La Véritable histoire de Spirou (“The True History of Spirou”), covering the years 1947–1955. This corresponds to the early Franquin years, so how about this for today’s fanart: a version of the cover for his first Spirou album, simply entitled Spirou et Fantasio. (If you study the details it’s possible to work out exactly which stories it includes.) The redrawing was done by François Ravard for the book Le Petit livre de la bande dessiné in 2014, a comics history in comic form.

Jan 082016
 
"Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy" ('Spirouette et Fantasia contre le patriarcat'; ill. Laurier Richard; Copyright (c) 2014 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from hero-ine-s.tumblr.com)

“Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy” by Laurier Richard (2014)

If you follow comics news, you may have heard about the controversy over the nominations to the Angoulême Festival’s highest honor, the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award: Out of 30 nominees, there were 0 women. In fact, in the whole history of the festival, only one woman, Florence Cestac, has ever won the Grand Prix. (Although Claire Bretécher did win a special 10th anniversary prize. The first ever winner was André Franquin back in 1974, and among other Spirou creators, Jijé and Trondheim have also won it.) Continue reading »