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.

Nov 022015
 
"Realistic" Marsupilami from 'Yoann Sketchbook' (ill. Yoann; (c) the artist and Comix Buro; Marsupilami (c) Marsu Productions; image from yozone.fr)

Marsupilamis, from the ‘Yoann Sketchbook’

The online store fnac now lists the next Spirou & Fantasio album, revealing that the title is La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) and that it will be released 4. March, 2016, if all goes according to schedule. Yay!

(Thanks to Le Petit Écho de Champignac.)

Oct 272015
 
Inks for panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

“We’ll have to squeeze in, Spip. I wasn’t able to save more than one hammock from our suitcases.”
“Bah! No problem. We’ll snuggle up like in the good old days!”
From Spirou & Fantasio #55, by Yoann & Vehlmann (2015)

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!

Oct 232015
 

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.

Franquin-style adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' (ill. Maria Simone "Simo" Blüchert; (c) 2013 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from meganepokomi.tumblr.com)

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy and Muir Jover, after Franquin (2015)

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Oct 142015
 

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! Continue reading »