Christophe Bertschy‘s main comic in the Journal is Nelson.
I’m generally a sucker for fan animations, so this Spirou-themed… orange ball was an instant hit. The artist wrote more about the work here.
Norwegian and French collected editions leave something to be desired, while Spain, Finland, Denmark and Germany keep on doing their thing…
Update (27/02): And then there’s Sweden, the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium… and Poland!
Marc Hardy is currently at work on his Spirou one-shot, Soumaya. He’s otherwise most familiar from the graveyard-digger series Pierre Tombal.
Sent to the Spirou Reporter Facebook page by Steve Bennett, a fantastic find: possibly the first English version of Spirou & Fantasio! Turns out that the adventure Le nid des Marsupilamis (Spirou & Fantasio #12 “The Nest of the Marsupilamis”) was printed in the weekly British boys’ magazine Knockout, which featured comics and illustrated stories. The adventure ran in 1960 under the odd title “Dickie and Birdbath Watch the Woggle” in black and white and at two pages per week. “Dickie” is Spirou, “Birdbath”(!) Fantasio, and the “Woggle” the Marsupilami. Seccotine seems to go by the name “Cousin Constance”, and the female Marsupilami is the “Wiggle”.
This strip – apparently an attempt to rehabilitate Seccotine within this story – is by Claire Bouilhac, who draws Maud Mutante and various editorial comics for the Journal.
Spirou Reporter was recently contacted by a reader, Dominique Léonard, who shared photos from his collection of Spirou fanart and homages by a number of artists. In particular there were a number of paintings by René Follet, an artist we’ve featured several times before. This time, let’s collect all the pieces in one gallery.
After the last point in the Friends of Spirou Code of Honor stirred up some slight controversy, here’s one that should be fairly innocuous.
And the accompanying message of inspiration from the Robbedoes Almanak 1944 (where this was point 7), once again translated by Miriam:
The Flemish site Stripspeciaalzaak has posted some information about Feroumont’s upcoming one-shot, Fantasio se marie (“Fantasio Gets Married”; previous working titles Fantasio quitte la maison and Spirou et les femmes), including a cover (not final) and a plot blurb.