Mar 122017
 

A few weeks ago, Spirou Reporter reposted an image that Kid Toussaint had put up on Facebook, a film noir-ish drawing by Chris Evenhuis for an aborted Spirou project they worked on together. Toussaint followed up that post with a series of images from another Spirou project, this time with more of a superhero flavor:

'Spirou Comics' sample (ill. David Lafuente & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; SR translation; image from facebook.com/tkid.toussaint)(The reference to the “professor” being 75 suggests that this may have been intended for the Spirou 75th anniversary issue in 2013.) In addition to this sample page, drawn by David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), the images include studies of many Spirou characters, drawn by several different artists (apparently mostly from the Marvel stable)… Continue reading »

Mar 012017
 
Gaston Lagaffe's first appearance, Journal de Spirou #985 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1957 Dupuis and the artist; colors by Spirou Reporter after Rombaldi Franquin intégrale)

The first appearance of Gaston, in ‘Journal de Spirou’ #985 (28. February, 1957)

Yesterday it was 60 years since Gaston Lagaffe walked into the door of the offices of the Journal de Spirou (or to put it another way, 60 years since the publication date of issue #985 of the Journal, with the first appearance of the character). As low-profile as the introduction was, Gaston – created by André Franquin and Yvan Delporte – would come to have immense impact on Spirou & Fantasio, pulling Franquin away from the series and redefining the relationship between the characters and the magazine publishing their adventures. Continue reading »

Feb 172017
 

For Valentine’s Day earlier this week, writer Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) posted this image by his frequent collaborator Chris Evenhuis (Killing Time, Wynonna Earp) to Twitter and Facebook, from a one-shot that didn’t get picked up:

Kiss Me Deadly, Spirou, illustration from abandoned one-shot (ill. Chris Evenhuis & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) 2017 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from twitter.com/kidtoussaint)

Illustration for an abandoned one-shot with Kid Toussaint, by Chris Evenhuis

Toussaint writes in the comments: “Sometimes the publishers ask you for something unusual, that ultimately doesn’t go ahead… it was very good, though. […] They were very nice about it (these things happen), so no hard feelings. Just a shame, since we were having fun. […] Unusual attitude for Spirou, but it all made sense in the script. (Spoiler: It was a clone.)” The piece is inspired by the home video cover for the classic film noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955).

Thanks to Alexis Seny for the tip!

Feb 132017
 

'Bravo les Brothers' intro thumbnail, from JdS #1434 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1965 Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

The week before the magazine serialization of a new Spirou & Fantasio adventure in the Journal de Spirou, Franquin used to draw a little teaser. In 1965 he was well and truly burned out on the series: it had been two years since the last new adventure, QRN sur Bretzelburg (Spirou & Fantasio #18, “QRN Over Bretzelburg”) which itself had been delayed for more than a year after his health collapsed. He kept drawing Gaston Lagaffe each week, but only reluctantly returned to the magazine’s flagship series, as this mini-comic illustrates. However, the result was Bravo les Brothers, which ended up as his own favorite Spirou & Fantasio adventure. Continue reading »

Feb 102017
 
Théo Fernandez as Gaston Lagaffe in 'Gaston Lagaffe' film (ill. Franquin, photo from allocine.fr)

Théo Fernandez will play Gaston

Following on the heels of the Petit Spirou film and the Spirou & Fantasio film, it’s recently been reported that a film version of Franquin’s Gaston Lagaffe is also moving forward. Actors have been cast, and filming is scheduled to start as soon as March, for a release in April 2018 (beating Spirou & Fantasio – which has a 20 June release – to theaters). The Gaston comic takes place in the Spirou universe, of course – more specifically at the (fictionalized) offices of the Journal de Spirou. However, it is not clear whether this will be the case in the movie, and whether there will be any kind of “shared universe” connection between the two films. Continue reading »