Apr 212017

Spirou, Spip, woman and child silhouettes (ill. unknown; Copyright (c) Ballon Media, Dupuis and the artist)

BM Mag #14 (April–May 2017), the magazine of Dutch comics publisher Ballon Media, features an intriguing teaser ad for an upcoming project on page 27…

BM Mag #14 announcement of Robbedoes/Spirou project (ill. unknown; Copyright (c) 2017 Ballon Media, Dupuis and the artist)

“Ballon Media and Dupuis IN HAPPY EXPECTATION! 31 May: Spirou as you’ve never seen him before…”

According to the commenter kontiki on the BD Gest’ Forum, this is a three-part Spirou story “filled with the spirit of Franquin” both in the writing and drawings, that will be available exclusively in Dutch. Swept in secrecy, the names of the two creators (who have been published in French before) remain under wraps for now.

Very curious. So here’s the challenge: Can anyone identify the artist from these silhouettes?

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    Only in Dutch? Not fair ! 🙂


    A wild guess: Daan Jippes.


    I’m secretly wishing that there’s a plot twist here and that woman is Fantasio in a disguise


    My guess would be Daan Jippes and Hanco Kolk. The Spirou silhouette reminds me of Jippes’s dapper Ducks for some reasons and Jippes has produced short Spirou stories before. Kolk is my other guess because he has long been rumoured to work on a Spirou album. However, his style has become very stylistic and that’s not quite what we seem to see here. Then, Spirou-as-you’ve-never-seen-him-before would be a near-given, if Kolk is involved. That might have to do more with look than with content though Spirou as a family man would be new too.


    Exclusively in Dutch, muhaha…
    Where will this story be posted? Maybe I could translate it. I know you can do it too but since I’m a native speaker it should be easier for me. Or perhaps I could send the translation to you and then you can correct the English if you want to publish it on your site.


    It is almost definitely not Hanco Kolk. His album (which will be released in French as well), looks like this.

    And though he’s naturally one of the first to come to mind – particularly with the “filled with the spirit of Franquin” bit – I also have it on good authority that it’s not Daan Jippes.

    No word yet on exactly where/how this will be published. If it’s suitable for a Spirou Reporter scanlation, I would certainly appreciate help with that, though as with almost every translation on the site I would want to go over the final wording. In any case it wouldn’t be right away, on the principle that it shouldn’t be a substitute for buying the comic legally.


    Hmmm, there are a lot of talented Dutch artists, and most of them are highly aware of the Franco-Belgian school…

    My first guess would also probably have been Daan Jippes, but in that case, I’d have to come up with an alternative option. Henk Kuijpers feels a bit stiff, so I think I’ll take a shot at Gerben Valkema…


      Also, trying to guesstimate the theme of the story – Spirou and Seccotine having a daughter?… Spiritine?…


    I’d say either Gerben Valkema or Jean-Marc Krings…

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