Apparently this is meant to be a gender-flipped version of Spirou, though I don’t think I would have been able to tell without the hashtag.
A spokesperson for Dupuis announced yesterday on the official Spirou forum that the next adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann (still only known as Spirou & Fantasio #55) will begin its serialization in the 4051/4052 issue of the Journal, which goes on sale 2. December (and to subscribers a few days earlier). Today, Yoann posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption “Back to work” (having come back from the Quai des bulles comics festival in St. Malo), so clearly there’s still some work left to do on the album. Good luck!
Two years ago, Fanart Friday featured a panel from an exercise in the Graphical Storytelling course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, where students had to adapt an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road using Franquin’s characters and style. Back then it was the only example I could track down, but recently a bit more digging uncovered entries from many more students.
News on upcoming publications from the last couple of weeks: Drawing Spirou is a full-time job, new titles for Spaniards and young Marsupilami fans, and more!
Another nice atmospheric piece; despite the speed indications, it seems very calm and restful to me. It’s featured in the “… y se escribe Spirou” Cádiz exhibition.
The discussions around the “… y se escribe Spirou” (“… and it’s spelled Spirou”) exhibitions in Spain reminded me of this Émile Bravo one-pager from La Galerie des illustres (originally published in Journal de Spirou #3685 in 2008, and translated by houbanaut):
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From the Raptus Festival in Norway, Yoann interviewed by Empirix. He reveals that the next album is expected in March 2016, unless he gets delayed. Also cool to hear his pronunciations of the French names.
Edit: This might also be a good opportunity to mention that according to one source (who heard it from Yoann at a signing), the next adventure will be 54 pages long, up from the standard 46 that recent albums in the main series have been allowed. This should be good news, since in the opinion of many fans, several of the albums have suffered from trying to squeeze too much into too few pages. For example, Morvan & Munuera lobbied hard for a couple of extra pages in Paris-sous-Seine (Spirou & Fantasio #47, “Paris-Under-Seine”), but Dupuis remained inflexible.
(Thanks to Walter Wehus for the tip.)
Last Thursday was the official unveiling of a new comics mural in Brussels, featuring art from the Spirou one-shot La Femme-léopard by Schwartz & Yann. As previously reported, it is located in the Ixelles neighborhood (the address indicated has changed from Rue de la Croix 9 to Chausseé d’Ixelles 227A, but that’s right next door). It also turns out that the image printed in the Journal was flipped horizontally, so the actual mural indeed has the hotel sign the right way around.