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!
The first installment of the Zorglub spin-off by Munuera ran in the Journal de Spirou a couple of weeks ago (in a special issue devoted to villains), and to give readers a sense of this new series, here is the first part of La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”):
A few weeks ago, Spirou Reporter reposted an image that Kid Toussaint had put up on Facebook, a film noir-ish drawing by Chris Evenhuis for an aborted Spirou project they worked on together. Toussaint followed up that post with a series of images from another Spirou project, this time with more of a superhero flavor:
(The reference to the “professor” being 75 suggests that this may have been intended for the Spirou 75th anniversary issue in 2013.) In addition to this sample page, drawn by David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), the images include studies of many Spirou characters, drawn by several different artists (apparently mostly from the Marvel stable)…
Yesterday it was 60 years since Gaston Lagaffe walked into the door of the offices of the Journal de Spirou (or to put it another way, 60 years since the publication date of issue #985 of the Journal, with the first appearance of the character). As low-profile as the introduction was, Gaston – created by André Franquin and Yvan Delporte – would come to have immense impact on Spirou & Fantasio, pulling Franquin away from the series and redefining the relationship between the characters and the magazine publishing their adventures.
Julien Mariolle’s main series in the Journal was Yul et sa Clique, but he hasn’t been in the magazine much lately.
The week before the magazine serialization of a new Spirou & Fantasio adventure in the Journal de Spirou, Franquin used to draw a little teaser. In 1965 he was well and truly burned out on the series: it had been two years since the last new adventure, QRN sur Bretzelburg (Spirou & Fantasio #18, “QRN Over Bretzelburg”) which itself had been delayed for more than a year after his health collapsed. He kept drawing Gaston Lagaffe each week, but only reluctantly returned to the magazine’s flagship series, as this mini-comic illustrates. However, the result was Bravo les Brothers, which ended up as his own favorite Spirou & Fantasio adventure.