Nov 242013
 

From 'The Marsupilami Thieves' teaser, from JdS #728 (ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

In 1952, the week before the first installment of Franquin’s Les voleurs du Marsupilami (Spirou #5), the magazine carried this teaser for the upcoming adventure. It was not included in the album when the story was collected, although it is reproduced (with some rather aggressive blur) in the intégrale collected edition.

Now that Cinebook has released the album in English as The Marsupilami Thieves, perhaps it can again serve its original purpose: Continue reading »

Nov 082013
 
'Les valeurs du Marsupilami' ("The Marsupilami Values"; ill. Follet; (c) the artist; image via comicartfans.com)

‘Les valeurs du Marsupilami’ (“The Marsupilami Values”) by René Follet. Image from Comic Art Fans.

I love this image. Apparently it is a mockup cover for a proposed art book, but Follet and Dionnet couldn’t get the necessary permission from the copyright holders. Follet is a veteran Belgian comics illustrator, and he has produced a number of great pieces of fanart.

Nov 022013
 

Spirou and Fantasio (ill. Chaland; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via Artcurial)

The Paris auction house Artcurial have announced the lots for sale in their next big comics auction, on 16 November. They include first editions and a number of pieces of Spirou art, as well as other works by artists such as Jijé and Franquin (and many non-Spirou greats as well). Continue reading »

Oct 182013
 

The Animation Workshop, an animation school in Denmark, posted this on Facebook last week. Students in their Graphic Storytelling program were given the exercise to adapt part of Cormac McCarthy’s super-depressing post-apocalyptic novel The Road… in the style of Franquin! The task might have been easier if they could base it on the later style that he used in the morbid Idées noires gags (“Franquin’s Last Laugh“), but no, apparently it had to be 1950s Franquin as seen in Spirou. This was one of the resulting entries:

From 'The Road' (ill. Albert Bruun)

Panel from ‘The Road’, by Cormac McCarthy and Albert Bruun.

Spirou (playing the part of The Boy) is looking unaccountably chipper there! If any of the students who took part in the exercise want to share some more samples, that would be very much appreciated.

Oct 112013
 

With the second Tome & Janry intégrale having recently been published, it felt like a good occasion for this piece of fanart by Ian Dairin:

snouffelaire

‘Une petite récréation’ (“A Small Recreation”; 2008), from Ian Dairin’s blog

The snouffelaire appears in L’horloger de la comète (Spirou #36, “The Comet’s Watchmaker”) and Le réveil du Z (Spirou #37, “The Awakening of the Z”). It’s often been suggested that it was Tome & Janry’s attempt to create a substitute for the Marsupilami that they couldn’t use.