Mar 312016
 

A short Spirou story already available online, an upcoming artist’s edition of Fournier’s albums, Zoom continues to offer very different books for Danes and Norwegians, new details on upcoming one-shots, and more! Continue reading »

Mar 272016
 

'Fantasio se marie' cover ("Fantasio Gets Married"; ill. Feroumont; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from twitter.com)

While the news has been somewhat overshadowed, this week Feroumont’s Spirou adventure Fantasio se marie (“Fantasio Gets Married”) started its serialization run in the Journal de Spirou #4068. Oh, and the upcoming album version has a new cover: see above! So let’s have a look at a little teaser… (SPOILERS, of course) Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 

Parc Spirou concept map (image from facebook.com)

The opening of the Parc Spirou theme park in southern France, which was originally scheduled for 2015, and then supposed to happen this summer, has officially been pushed back to 2017. It had been obvious for a while that the current deadline would not be met, as construction has yet to begin.

The delay is reportedly due to further discussion with investors (and to secure additional financing?), particularly to ensure that they were on board with the design of the attractions. The developers insist that the project is in good shape despite the delays, and indicate that the construction work will begin in mid-May. (The adjacent and associated water park, Splashworld, opened in a limited capacity last year and will be fully open in June. It is already planning an expansion.) Good luck to them!

Mar 132016
 
Spirou, Fantasio and the Marsupilami in front of the Le Mans cathedral; limited poster for the Bulle bookstore (ill. Yoann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from ouest-france.fr)

Spirou, Fantasio, Spip and the Marsupilami in front of Le Mans Cathedral.
Limited edition poster for the Bulle bookstore. Yoann (2016)

In this recent update, Spirou Reporter withdrew a claim that the next Spirou album by Yoann & Vehlmann would be a collection of short stories. However, I unspoke to soon. In an interview with France 3’s Eric Guillaud, Yoann says that the next album will indeed be just such a collection. (And now I’m wondering if I didn’t in fact hear it somewhere else before, after all.) More details come from Le Petit Écho de Champignac – appropriately, since the guy running that site has long called for just such an album… Continue reading »

Mar 122016
 
"Lair of the Moray" fanart (Yves Rodier after Franquin; (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; photo by Dominique Léonard)

Hommage to ‘Le Repaire de la murène’ (“The Lair of the Moray”), by Yves Rodier after Franquin.

Due to other responsibilities, I haven’t had time to post the regular features to the site recently, and unfortunately I can’t promise it will be any more regular in the coming weeks. But for now, here’s a belated bit of fanart, a wonderful piece by Yves Rodier, shared by Dominique Léonard.