Jun 282016
 
Pencil for story in a Journal de Spirou special issue (ill. Pascal Jousselin; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; photo by Jousselin; image from facebook.com)

Sketch for an upcoming Spirou story, by Pascal Jousselin (2016)

Pascal Jousselin (Imbattable), who wrote the choose-your-own-adventure-style Spirou story Fantasio a disparu! (“Fantasio Has Vanished!“), posted the pencils for a panel from an upcoming Spirou story to Facebook last week. It’s for a special issue of the Journal, so just a short story, not a full-length album or anything.

Jun 232016
 

Finally an update! A new one-shot by Hanco Kolk, an anthology album and more on the Yoann & Vehlmann short-story album, drawbacks to a Swedish collected edition volume, the next Spirou album in English, and more… (UPDATE: And the Marsupilami rages in Norway, too!) Continue reading »

Jun 222016
 

Incomplete pages from 'Ptirou' (ill. Verron & Sente; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artists; photo by Laurent Verron; image from www.verron-laurent.com)

Over the last couple of months, Laurent Verron has resumed posting samples of his work on the upcoming Ptirou album on his blog. This stand-alone graphic novel, written by Yves Sente loosely based on a true story, depicts the life of a cabin boy who goes on to inspire Rob-Vel to create Spirou. Continue reading »

Apr 282016
 

Photo of René Hausman (photo by EdA; image from lavenir.net)

It’s being reported that René Hausman has died this morning, at the age of 80. Hausman, the “Bard of the Ardennes”, was a long-time contributor to the Journal de Spirou, particularly known for his drawings and watercolors of nature, animals, gnomes and other fable-creatures. Last year, he did the cover for the “Where is Spip?” special issue (#4010):

Journal de Spirou #4010 cover (ill. René Hausman; Copyright (c) 2015 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Mar 312016
 

A short Spirou story already available online, an upcoming artist’s edition of Fournier’s albums, Zoom continues to offer very different books for Danes and Norwegians, new details on upcoming one-shots, and more! Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 

Parc Spirou concept map (image from facebook.com)

The opening of the Parc Spirou theme park in southern France, which was originally scheduled for 2015, and then supposed to happen this summer, has officially been pushed back to 2017. It had been obvious for a while that the current deadline would not be met, as construction has yet to begin.

The delay is reportedly due to further discussion with investors (and to secure additional financing?), particularly to ensure that they were on board with the design of the attractions. The developers insist that the project is in good shape despite the delays, and indicate that the construction work will begin in mid-May. (The adjacent and associated water park, Splashworld, opened in a limited capacity last year and will be fully open in June. It is already planning an expansion.) Good luck to them!