Oct 072014
Sketch excerpt from the sequel to 'Journal d'un ingénu' (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) Dupuis and the artist; photo by Librairie La Parenthèse, from emile-bravo.blogspot.com)

From the sequel to ‘Journal d’un ingénu’ by Émile Bravo. Image from the unofficial Émile Bravo blog.

Following yesterday’s page from the upcoming Frank Pé and Zidrou one-shot, here’s the first look at Émile Bravo’s sequel to Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”): one page in pencil sketch version. This page seems to take place on 10. May, 1940, the start of the German invasion of Belgium during WWII. The page constitutes Bravo’s contribution to a special publication in support of La Parenthèse bookstore in Nancy, which can be ordered here. (News via grelots on the Spirou.com forum.)

Oct 062014

Page from 'Le Okapi blanc' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via stripspeciaalzaak.be)

Updated: Originally posted on Stripspeciaalzaak and then reposted in many other places, a page said to be from the upcoming one-shot by Frank Pé and Zidrou, previously known as L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), but now listed under a new Dutch title, Het Licht van Borneo (“The Light from Borneo”). This page is apparently on exhibition at the CBBD in Brussels. From what we see here, Champignac and an acquaintance have discovered a nonexistent mushroom, and Spirou wants to take up painting as a hobby. Notice that Spirou’s part of the story takes place in Brussels (you can see the edge of Frank’s famous mural).

Stripspeciaalzaak also report that Frank has finished 20 pages out of a projected 78, and that the one-shot is expected in 2016. (Let me also add that none of the first few places I saw this reposted even mentioned Stripspeciaalzaak or the CBBD, which is just poor form. Since they also omitted much of the other information, they’re also depriving their readers of the chance to find out more.)

Sep 042014
Journal de Spirou #3986 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

Cover translated for your reading pleasure.

The first part of the next Spirou adventure (which now goes by the title Le Groom de Sniper Alley, “The Sniper Alley Bellhop”) appears in this week’s issue of the Journal, and next week’s installment is already in the hands of some subscribers. (A number of pages can also be previewed on Izneo, where many of the pictures in this post are from.) So let’s have a sneak peek. (SPOILERS follow!) Continue reading »

Dec 172013

Journal de Spirou #3949 cover (ill. Schwartz; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

As mentioned in seemingly every post for the last several weeks, Le fétiche des Marolles by Schwartz & Yann begins serialization in this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3949). The adventure is set to run in 12 installments, bringing it to conclusion not too long before the album publication in April. Part one presents the first nine pages, three of which have already been seen. (Some spoilers below the cut!) Continue reading »

Dec 102013

InediSpirou’s maxibon posted an exclusive: the first three pages of the upcoming Le fétiche des Marolles. Click over there to read the whole thing, but here’s the first page with translation in the caption:

'Le fétiche des Marolles' p. 1 (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; picture from InediSpirou)

“1946. The Nazi stranglehold is no more than a distant memory. Now, it is a relentless heatwave that lies over Brussels, crushing the city beneath its heavy yoke.”

Nov 252013

From Marsupilami #27, 'Coeur d'etoile' in JdS #3945, p.45 (ill. Batem & Colman; (c) Marsu/Dupuis and the artists)

Journal de Spirou #3945 cover (ill. Maltaite; (c) Dupuis and the artist)Since Dupuis acquired Marsu Productions, there’s been a lot of talk about how this means the Marsupilami can once again appear in The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio. What hasn’t been considered so much is that it also works the other way. The issue of Journal de Spirou currently on sale (until tomorrow) includes the last part of the Marsupilami adventure Coeur d’etoile (Marsupilami #27, “Star’s Heart”) by Batem and Colman, and features a cameo by Spirou, Fantasio, Spip, and “their” Marsupilami.

The story also reveals (for the first time, as far as I am aware) that the two Marsupilamis are brothers. Although we should perhaps take this with a grain of salt, since the whole story is told as a campfire tale in the village of a nearby tribe, and it’s not clear at least to me how the (white) storyteller could possibly know this. Still, fun to see the universes being tied together more!