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!
Here’s another image kindly sent by Achim Reinecke, a drawing by Marsupilami-artist Batem:
Although Batem has signed it “after Franquin”, I’m not sure that it’s actually based on a specific Franquin piece.
This last weekend, there was apparently a closing ceremony for the 2013 75th anniversary “Year of Spirou”, held in Charleroi, Belgium. Part of the event included a live art jam, a collaborative drawing by a number of the magazine’s artists: Yoann, Batem, Feroumont, and a number of others.
Since Dupuis acquired Marsu Productions, there’s been a lot of talk about how this means the Marsupilami can once again appear in The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio. What hasn’t been considered so much is that it also works the other way. The issue of Journal de Spirou currently on sale (until tomorrow) includes the last part of the Marsupilami adventure Coeur d’etoile (Marsupilami #27, “Star’s Heart”) by Batem and Colman, and features a cameo by Spirou, Fantasio, Spip, and “their” Marsupilami.
The story also reveals (for the first time, as far as I am aware) that the two Marsupilamis are brothers. Although we should perhaps take this with a grain of salt, since the whole story is told as a campfire tale in the village of a nearby tribe, and it’s not clear at least to me how the (white) storyteller could possibly know this. Still, fun to see the universes being tied together more!
This week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3934) is something of a treat for Spirou fans.
As hinted in a previous update, this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou is a Smurf special, timed to coincide with the publication of Les Schtroumpfs: L’Intégrale Tome 1 (1958–1966) collecting the first Smurf stories. Much like with the Spirou anniversary issue earlier in the year, that means every comic in the magazine has to feature the Smurfs, and again that leads to them being drawn into unrelated series.