Sep 272015
 

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):

'La galerie des illustres' from JdS #3685 (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) the artist; scanlation by houbanaut; image from scans-daily.dreamwidth.org)

The numerous bits Ibáñez plagiarized from Franquin are documented here (in French).

Sep 212015
 

Yoann Empirix interview, from Raptus 2015

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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.)

Sep 212015
 
'La Femme-léopard' wall mural (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; photo from dupuis.com)

‘La Femme-léopard’ mural

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.

(From Dupuis.com and the Spirou Facebook page.)

Sep 092015
 

We mentioned in a previous post that Émile Bravo would be at the Spirou Festival this past weekend to present his work on the sequel to Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”). The presentation was held as promised on Saturday, and was hosted by Frédéric Niffle, editor-in-chief of the Journal de Spirou. Visitors who actually attended the event would have been surprised by the content, however. Continue reading »

Aug 282015
 
Spirou & Fantasio vintage vision (ill. Denis Bodart; (c) the artist, 2015; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from denis-bodart.com)

Spirou & Fantasio, vintage vision, by Denis Bodart (2015)

Denis Bodart drew Green Manor, written by Vehlmann (recommended!), but recent projects seem more scarce (he also does advertising illustrations). While this homage is perhaps not the best expression of his style, you can see a lot of nice drawings and comics pages on his home page. His stuff is good, he should get more work!

Aug 272015
 
'La flûte de l'oubli' advertising illustration ("The Flute of Forgetting"; ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis and the artist; adapted from JdS 1201, via blog.spirou.com)

‘La flûte de l’oubli’ illustration, by Franquin

Remember the adventure where Spirou and Fantasio chase Zantafio from Palombia to New York, to stop him from misusing a powerful, sacred artifact? No? Perhaps you have… amnesia! Continue reading »

Aug 252015
 
'Virus!' p.3a, annotated (ill. Tome & Janry, annotated by Thierry Capezzone; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

The “Henning Kure, HK Glacier” out of Copenhagen, from ‘Virus’ by Tome & Janry. (Thierry Capezzone, Forlaget Zoom)

Comic artist Thierry Capezzone writes a column on Facebook for the Danish publisher Zoom, “CKC: Capezzone Kommenterer Comics” (“Capezzone Comments [on] Comics”), where he often relates stories from the Franco-Belgian comics industry. In the latest installment, he describes the transition of Spirou & Fantasio from Fournier to Nic & Cauvin and then to Tome & Janry, with a novel twist… Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

Stéphane De Becker, also known as Stuf, died of a heart attack the night before last. He was 56. De Becker was a friend and frequent collaborator of Tome & Janry, and worked as the colorists on all their albums from Le réveil du Z (Spirou & Fantasio #37, “The Awakening of the Z”) on. He also drew the series Passe-moi l’ciel (“Pass Me the Heaven”), written by Janry. Continue reading »

Jul 042015
 
From 'La maison dans la mousse' ("The House in the Foam"; ill. Fournier; (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from jeanclaudefournier.com)

From ‘La maison dans la mousse’ (“The House in the Foam”), by Fournier (c. 1980).

It has been around for more than a year, but only within the last few days did Trichoco on the InediSpirou forum notice and spread the word about a website dedicated to Jean-Claude Fournier. What makes this site particularly interesting is that it features a complete early draft of Fournier’s last, unfinished Spirou adventure, La maison dans la mousse (“The House in the Foam”). Presented in the form of “layouts” – a first pass at breaking down the story into pages, panels and dialogue, with each picture a quick sketch – this is a very rough version of the album, but already perfectly readable. Continue reading »