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.
News of Dufaux’s one-shot comes from an interview with ActuaBD. Dufeaux tends to write comics for an older audience with realistic art, and the interview mainly deals with new albums in the fantasy series Lament of the Lost Moors (previously illustrated by Grzegorz Rosinsky, now with Béatrice Tillier… that’s “moors” as in the landscape, not the people, by the way) and in the modern werewolf series Meutes (“Wolf Packs”, with Olivier Boiscommun). However, he briefly gets onto a different topic:
Dufaux: […] I’m a rather slow writer.
ActuaBD: You are prolific, though… [Dufaux’s series include Crusade, Murena, Barracuda, Jessica Blandy, Djinn, Raptors, and many others. –SR]
Dufaux: Yes, but that’s because I work a lot. And I don’t have a pile of finished scripts in a drawer waiting to be published. Actually, I don’t have any pending! And when I’m preparing a project – which I’m doing right now, I’m working on a Spirou album – that takes time, because I have to think about how to approach the project; what are the themes I’ll be developing, etc. All that takes time. I have to reflect before I can write.
There is no information on who would draw the album.
The information about Durieux’s one-shot comes from issue #105 of the magazine dBD, which covers comics (as quoted in the forum post):
It’s planned for 2018! We’ll see Fantasio as a bellhop. Spirou and Fantasio are a kind of Laurel & Hardy-type bellhops, which I find really funny. Moreover, the story takes place in closed quarters inside an isolated palace, the Pacific Palace, which will probably provide the title for the story. This restricted setting enables me to create a tension and theatricality that I love. It’s a project I’ve had in mind for twenty-five years, which I’ve adapted to these characters, Spirou and Fantasio. Now I can’t imagine it without them.
Apparently the magazine also features a sample page, but it’s not yet been shared (other than to buyers of the magazine). Durieux’s series Oscar ran in the Journal from 2000 to 2008; his comics Benito Mambo and An Enchantment were recently published in English, and demonstrate the range of his style: