Berth mainly draws gag cartoons for the editorial pages, in particular under the title Le XXIe siècle est parmi nous (“The 21st Century Is Upon Us”).
An image from Instagram:
A couple of updates on the one-shots by Bravo and Durieux, and Spirou Reporter looks further afield to publications in other languages.
Every summer the Journal de Spirou runs a reader contest, with strips of different comics that each offer a clue on some particular theme. This year each strip includes a coded reference to some other comic from the magazine. Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry, colors by Laurence Croix, is in the special summer issue, #4082–4083, currently out. Shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out… (Check out previous years’ entries here, here and here.)
By the way, shades also of Fournier’s X75 strip…
When you feel exhausted…
Lots of people have worked on Spirou & Fantasio over the years, but many more have wanted to. During Nic & Cauvin’s troubled run in the early eighties, for example, several other creators were in talks with Dupuis before Tome & Janry took over definitely.
With several long-awaited one-shots finally coming out this year, Dupuis is lining up others to take their place in the queue. A post on the BD Gest’ Forums points to announcements by two new creators: Jean Dufaux and Christian Durieux (who had previously been rumored to be working on one). Dufaux is a writer and Durieux primarily an illustrator, but the two projects appear to be separate.
It’s been almost three years since we heard about the pre-production for a live-action Spirou & Fantasio movie. But a few days ago, while promoting his directorial solo-debut Hibou, the French actor Ramzy Bédia happened to mention that he’ll be playing the villain in the film. (Spirou & Fantasio is one of four movie roles he has coming up, so shooting might very well still be a ways away.)
The 44-year-old Bédia is a comedian, part of the duo Éric et Ramzy with frequent collaborator Éric Judor. And he has prior experience with comic book movies: The two previously played Averell and Joe Dalton (respectively) in the 2004 film Les Dalton (“The Daltons”), based on the Lucky Luke comics.
There’s no word on who exactly he will play. Some people are guessing Zantafio, but there are many other possibilities.
The “Friends of Spirou” Code of Honor only has nine commandments. But the comic strips Jijé made from them were not just a means to communicate the Code; they also served a secondary purpose. They were printed in Dupuis’ other magazines – Le Moustique and Les Bonnes Soirées – to advertise the Journal de Spirou and convince parents of the wholesome values the comic and its fan club stood for. And so as part of this advertising, Jijé also created one more strip (let’s call it the eleventh commandment, to set it off from the “real” Code), to emphasize a point perhaps even more important from the publisher’s point of view: Never miss an issue of Spirou!
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