Today sees the simultaneous announcement and launch of a new Spirou album (Edit: actually, since today is only 29. May, the official launch isn’t for another couple of days) … Sorry, that should be Robbedoes, as for the first time a Spirou adventure is published originally in Dutch. Robbedoes Special #1: Happy Family is a 48-page album written by Marc Legendre and drawn by Charel Cambré (both Flemish, and known for their version of Suske & Wiske, Amoras, known in French as Amphoria).
Right now there’s another Spirou exhibition going on at the Matadero Madrid art center in Madrid, Spain. Co-organized by Spirou publisher Dibbuks and called simply Spirou en Madrid, it presents some of the works that were previously exhibited in the different “… y se escribe Spirou” art shows in various places across Spain back in 2015. One of them is this piece by David Garrido, originally from the exhibition in Cádiz. You can see photos of the Madrid exhibition here.
Borneo comes to Norway, a new one-shot by David Etien, the Zorglub-universe expands further, Spain gets a whole bunch of Spirou publications, and more!
The deadline for the 24-hour Spirou challenge has now passed, with 10 completed entries and another 14 partially finished. One of the ones still working is Andaine (amateur category), who has been live-streaming the progress for the last day, page by hand-painted page. (The livestream just went offline while writing this post, so instead I’ve included a video clip from yesterday. The rest of them are on Twitch.) You can see the uploaded pages here.
Congratulations to all contestants, and looking forward to reading their stories over the next few days!
Dupuis announced today that Jean De Mesmaeker, better known as Jidéhem, passed away on Sunday, 30. April. He was 81. Spirou Reporter did a profile on Jidéhem for his 80th birthday, discussing his work as Spirou & Fantasio background artist in the later Franquin years, as the artist on the early Gaston strips, and in his own right on series like Sophie, Ginger and Starter. More recently, an article in BdZoom (in French) argued that his importance to Gaston has been underrated, and that he should be honored on an equal basis with Franquin for the 60th anniversary of the series this year.
On 11. and 12. May (that’s Thursday and Friday next week), Dupuis and la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (“The International City of Comics and Illustration Art”) cultural center in Angoulême will arrange a Spirou comic challenge, where participants from all over the world are invited to create a 24-page Spirou comic (22 pages + front and back covers) in 24 hours.