Sep 052017
 

Festival Spirou 2017 poster (ill. Franquin etc.; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

This weekend was the 8th annual Brussels Comic Strip Festival, which was also the 4th Festival Spirou (with Gaston as the featured character this time around, in honor of his sixtieth anniversary). Among other events, the Festival included a special pre-release screening of Le Petit Spirou the movie (which opens in cinemas 27. September).

Another addition this year was a set of prizes for comics creators, the Prix Atomium, which this year were handed out by former Spirou & Fantasio writer Jean-David Morvan. Sponsored by various organizations, each prize is awarded based on different criteria and comes with a monetary award ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 EUR. The Prix Atomium Spirou (15,000 EUR and publication in the magazine) is sponsored by the Journal and is awarded to a humoristic 44-page adventure in the tradition of the magazine’s classic series. It was won by Pebble’s Adventures by Nols.

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates including Zidrou and Frank Pé, with host Morvan (photo from dupuis.com)

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates. Zidrou second from left, Frank Pé fifth from left. Host Jean-David Morvan third from left.

Meanwhile, the Prix Atomium de Bruxelles (7,500 EUR) is sponsored by the Minister-President of the Brussels region to recognize a comic that showcases Brussels. It was won by the Spirou one-shot La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé and Zidrou, which features the city extensively (the Atomium itself plays an important role in the story). The jury’s decision was unanimous.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Sep 042017
 

'Robbedoes door... Tulpen uit Istanboel' NL cover ("Spirou by... Tulips from Istanbul"; ill. Hanco Kolk; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from dupuis.com)

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. Continue reading »

Sep 032017
 

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:

Page from or study for 'Soumaya' (ill. Marc Hardy & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2017 by Dupuis and the artists; image from stripspeciaalzaak.be)

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.

Jun 052017
 
Journal de Spirou #4127 cover, 'Spirou et l'affaire du pingouin' ("Spirou and the Case of the Missing Penguin"; ill. Pascal Jousselin; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Journal de Spirou #4127 cover, with pictures showing Oceane and her missing penguin as well as the six suspects. By Pascal Jousselin (2017)

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! Continue reading »

Jun 012017
 

Robbedoes Special #1 "Happy Family" luxe (ill. Legendre & Cambré; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists)

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. Continue reading »

May 292017
 

Robbedoes Special #1 "Happy Family" (ill. Legendre & Cambré; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from Ballon Media)

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). Continue reading »

May 022017
 

Jean De Mesmaeker, aka Jidéhem (Photo Copyright (c) D. Fouss, image from dupuis.com)

Dupuis announced today that Jean De Mesmaeker, better known as Jidéhem, passed away on Sunday, 30. April. He was 81. Spirou Reporter did a profile on Jidéhem for his 80th birthday, discussing his work as Spirou & Fantasio background artist in the later Franquin years, as the artist on the early Gaston strips, and in his own right on series like Sophie, Ginger and Starter. More recently, an article in BdZoom (in French) argued that his importance to Gaston has been underrated, and that he should be honored on an equal basis with Franquin for the 60th anniversary of the series this year.