InediSpirou has a scoop on the future of Spirou, from conversations with Yoann at Angoulême…
The film distributor TF1 International’s website offers a few more details about the upcoming Petit Spirou movie. It has the production details already reported, as well as what appears to be a still from the movie itself, and a short description of the story (very mild SPOILERS):
Update: Also, there’s an interview with the director, Nicolas Bary, and some posters showing the other actors in character…
Lots of people have worked on Spirou & Fantasio over the years, but many more have wanted to. During Nic & Cauvin’s troubled run in the early eighties, for example, several other creators were in talks with Dupuis before Tome & Janry took over definitely.
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.
The Flemish site Stripspeciaalzaak has posted some information about Feroumont’s upcoming one-shot, Fantasio se marie (“Fantasio Gets Married”; previous working titles Fantasio quitte la maison and Spirou et les femmes), including a cover (not final) and a plot blurb.
(This story was originally published on 30/12/2015. New information has now come to light, so it has been updated on 26/1/2016.)
In an announcement on Le Petit Écho de Champignac, and later in comments to the BD Gest forum, Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (half of CBPY, the authors of Le Véritable histoire de Spirou), has talked cryptically about an upcoming Spirou publication.
If you follow comics news, you may have heard about the controversy over the nominations to the Angoulême Festival’s highest honor, the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award: Out of 30 nominees, there were 0 women. In fact, in the whole history of the festival, only one woman, Florence Cestac, has ever won the Grand Prix. (Although Claire Bretécher did win a special 10th anniversary prize. The first ever winner was André Franquin back in 1974, and among other Spirou creators, Jijé and Trondheim have also won it.)
With La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) underway, maybe it’s a good time to post this fancomic (from Facebook):
Jo Albanese is clearly a big Franquin fan, to judge from his Facebook feed, and his monsters in particular are close imitations of Franquin’s style.