Jan 292017
 
'La Jeunesse de Champignac' thumbnail ("Champignac's Youth"; ill. Jordi Sempere; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from jlmunuera on bdgest.com)

From “Champignac’s Youth” test pages, by Jordi Sempere

Yesterday’s article about the Zorglub spin-off mentioned that it seems to represent the culmination of an ambition Munuera has had for a while. In 2008, shortly after being forced out of Spirou & Fantasio, he posted a message to the BD Gest’ Forums that describes those plans: Continue reading »

Nov 262016
 
From 'Le Petit Spirou' film (Copyright (c) 2016 Les Films du Cap – Les Partenaires; image from www.tf1international.com)

Film still (?) from ‘Le Petit Spirou’ (2017)

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… Continue reading »

Jul 142016
 

Spirou and Fantasio sketches (adapted from ill. Pierre "Pica" Tranchand; image from pierretranchand02.businesscatalyst.com)

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.

One of these pitches was from the team of François Corteggiani and Pierre “Pica” Tranchand. 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 »

Feb 032016
 
'Fantasio se marie' provisional cover ("Fantasio Gets Married"; ill. Feroumont; Copyright (c) by Dupuis and the artist; image from bferoumont.blogspot.com)

Provisional cover, by Benoît Feroumont

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. Continue reading »

Jan 262016
 
Spirou whispering secrets to Gaston (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from comicbookresources.com)

Illustration by Franquin

(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. Continue reading »

Jan 082016
 
"Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy" ('Spirouette et Fantasia contre le patriarcat'; ill. Laurier Richard; Copyright (c) 2014 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from hero-ine-s.tumblr.com)

“Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy” by Laurier Richard (2014)

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.) Continue reading »

Dec 182015
 

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):

'Marsu tu as perdu la tête', homage to Franquin ("Marsu you have lost your head"; ill. Jo Albanese; Copyright (c) 2015 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis, Marsupilami (c) Marsu Productions; image from facebook.com)

“Here! He’s heeere!” “Good Marsupilami! Good…” “Hey! Marsu, what are you doing? You’ve lost your mind…” Homage to Franquin, by Jo Albanese (2015).

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.