Oct 232015
 

Two years ago, Fanart Friday featured a panel from an exercise in the Graphical Storytelling course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, where students had to adapt an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road using Franquin’s characters and style. Back then it was the only example I could track down, but recently a bit more digging uncovered entries from many more students.

Franquin-style adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' (ill. Maria Simone "Simo" Blüchert; (c) 2013 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from meganepokomi.tumblr.com)

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy and Muir Jover, after Franquin (2015)

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Aug 242015
 

Yoann has posted another page (or perhaps only one panel of a page?) from the next Spirou album to Facebook. Apparently, the mayor of Champignac has revived an old traditional parade in order to attract tourists. (At first I actually wasn’t sure this was a Spirou page, because I didn’t recognize any of the characters, until I finally spotted Spirou and the Count, and then the mayor.)

Pencils for page or panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

(The figure on the central float is Bob le Cow-boy, from a joke comic created by Vehlmann under a pseudonym. That rodent further back also looks strangely familiar…)

Jul 242015
 

Stéphane De Becker, also known as Stuf, died of a heart attack the night before last. He was 56. De Becker was a friend and frequent collaborator of Tome & Janry, and worked as the colorists on all their albums from Le réveil du Z (Spirou & Fantasio #37, “The Awakening of the Z”) on. He also drew the series Passe-moi l’ciel (“Pass Me the Heaven”), written by Janry. Continue reading »

Jul 222015
 
Half-page (p. 5b) from 'Les géants pétrifiés' redrawn (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from 2dgalleries.com)

By Yoann.

At first glance, there’s nothing particularly special about the half-page above. Looks familiar, clearly drawn by Yoann in his current Spirou style, it’s from one of his albums, right? … But wait! Which album? Zorglub and Martin only appear together in the one-shot, but that was drawn in a completely different style. What’s going on? Continue reading »

Jul 042015
 
From 'La maison dans la mousse' ("The House in the Foam"; ill. Fournier; (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from jeanclaudefournier.com)

From ‘La maison dans la mousse’ (“The House in the Foam”), by Fournier (c. 1980).

It has been around for more than a year, but only within the last few days did Trichoco on the InediSpirou forum notice and spread the word about a website dedicated to Jean-Claude Fournier. What makes this site particularly interesting is that it features a complete early draft of Fournier’s last, unfinished Spirou adventure, La maison dans la mousse (“The House in the Foam”). Presented in the form of “layouts” – a first pass at breaking down the story into pages, panels and dialogue, with each picture a quick sketch – this is a very rough version of the album, but already perfectly readable. Continue reading »

Jul 012015
 

Journal de Spirou #4029-4030 cover (ill. Bruno Dequir; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Today a special, double-length summer issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4029–4030) hits newsstands. It has as its theme “Holidays of yore,” and includes two retro-style Spirou stories, by Al Séverin (known for Spirou sous le manteau, “Spirou Under the Counter”) and Fabrice Parme (Panique en Atlantique, “Panic on the Atlantic”), respectively. Here are a couple of samples from the two 4-page stories: Continue reading »

Jun 172015
 

As reported last year, writer Yves Sente and artist Laurent Verron are doing a graphic novel about the cabin boy who inspired Rob-Vel to create Spirou. Now, from an interview with Verron in the fanzine Tonnere de Bulles ! #8 (via Le Petit Écho de Champignac), there’s a little more information, along with a penciled half-page.

Update: Just noticed that on Verron’s homepage, there are a number of sketches from his work on this album:

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Apr 172015
 

A couple of weeks ago on Wednesday, Miriam posted this penciled page from the next Spirou album by Yoann & Vehlmann (retexted in English) on tumblr, revealing a major twist:

"Spirou 55" pencils (ill. Emily "Raax" Stewart & Lieju; (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from tumblr.com)

… as you can probably tell, it’s not actually drawn by Yoann, and the day it was posted just happens to have been 1. April. I’m not sure who the actual artist/writer is (or are)… Edit: See the comments.

Apr 012015
 

Journal de Spirou 4016 cover (ill. "Rob-Vel"; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

Issue #4016 of the Journal de Spirou, published today, includes a rather exceptional Spirou story. Recently discovered by a collector at the bottom of an old trunk, this story appears to have been drawn by Rob-Vel in 1940, while he was serving in the French army, and has remained completely unknown and unpublished until now! Continue reading »