While waiting for a time when Spirou Reporter is able to resume scanlations, here’s another untexted Spirou page. This is one from the “Tomb of Rejects“, by French artist Richard Di Martino (Pif, Cléo), who posted it to his blog in 2009. It’s a test page from a few years earlier, when he was applying to succeed Morvan & Munuera on the series. He never heard back from the publisher, and the job of course went to Yoann & Vehlmann.
In March, Spirou Reporter reposted some samples from an abandoned attempt to make a version of Spirou as an American-style superhero comic, written by Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) and illustrated by a variety of different artists. One of those artists was José María Beroy (Versus, Deadman), who worked with Toussaint on À l’ombre du convoi and did the Fantasio design in the first batch. Beroy responded by posting more samples to his own blog, including more character designs (check out his version of Itoh Kata!) as well as four unlettered comic pages.
The upcoming Spirou one-shot by Hanco Kolk, previously known as Het IJzeren Gordijn (“The Iron Curtain”), has a new title: Tulpen uit Istanboel (“Tulips from Istanbul”). It also has a release date, 25. October, and will also be released in a deluxe edition. For now, though, the album is only being released in Dutch, not French.
On 15. August, Marc Hardy celebrated his sixty-fifth birthday by posting 65 samples of his work to Facebook. According to Stripspeciaalzaak, that included this page, although it no longer seems to be available from Facebook:
Clearly a page from (or possibly a study for) his long-in-development one-shout Soumaya, written by Zidrou, it appears to show some kind of dream sequence, with Hardy’s more realistic character style on display. The album is expected in 2018.
A few weeks ago, the Journal de Spirou did a special concept issue (#4127) devoted almost entirely to Pascal Jousselin’s Spirou et l’affaire du pingouin, which might be called something like “Spirou and the Case of the Missing Penguin” in English. Let’s have a look!
The first Robbedoes Special album, Happy Family by Legendre & Cambré, came out yesterday. In addition to the standard 48-page, softcover edition, there is also a deluxe hardcover edition with 8 additional pages, with the cover seen above. To take a closer look at this new version of Spirou, here’s a scanlation of the preview sample (the first page translated by BrianL and the rest by Miriam, edited by Spirou Reporter) and an interview with the creators, from BM Mag #15.
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).
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!