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.
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!
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!
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…
Posted by Yoann to facebook last week (and found via InediSpirou), this photo shows two partially inked half-pages (27A and 27B) from Yoann & Vehlmann’s next Spirou album. If Yoann is finishing them more or less in order, he would appear to be on track to complete it towards the end of the year, perhaps.
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.
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.
As reported last year, writer Yves Sente and artist Laurent Verron are doing a graphic novel about the cabin boy who inspired Rob-Vel to create Spirou. Now, from an interview with Verron in the fanzine Tonnere de Bulles ! #8 (via Le Petit Écho de Champignac), there’s a little more information, along with a penciled half-page.
Update: Just noticed that on Verron’s homepage, there are a number of sketches from his work on this album:
An article posted several months ago reports that the Spirou.Z digital magazine/interactive tablet app, initially previewed in 2013, has been canceled by Dupuis Publishing.
Via the Spirou Oficial Facebook page, a nice piece of Spanish fanart:
The original page also has the pencil and ink stages. I’m not sure why Seccotine has red hair in this picture, though apparently the artist is red-green colorblind.