Mar 232017

Sooo… It has been almost half a year since the last proper Publications Update, and increasingly dated “news” has been piling up like the urgent mail in Gaston’s office. Anyway, let’s get it over with! If you’re keen to see Zorglub or Gaston in English, the original pages from Tome & Janry’s albums, or the latest one-shots in just about every language the series is published in, there’s good news… Continue reading »

Jul 212016

A couple of updates on the one-shots by Bravo and Durieux, and Spirou Reporter looks further afield to publications in other languages. Continue reading »

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 »

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

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

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 122015

Festival Spirou 2015 poster

Just a quick heads up that like last year, Dupuis and the Journal de Spirou are holding a “Spirou Festival” as part of the Brussels Comics Festival (Fête de la BD/Stripfeest) on 4-6 September. This Spirou Reporter facebook post from last year collects links to a number of galleries from the 2014 festival, to give you an idea of what it’s all about. So if you have a chance to visit Brussels next month, save the dates!

Update: According to the official program (via the unofficial Émile Bravo blog), Bravo will show his sequel to Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), presumably as a work-in-progress, at the festival on 5. September, between 16:30 and 17:00.

Other presenters with past or upcoming Spirou albums include Yoann, Vehlmann, Fournier, Tome, Janry, Munuera, Trondheim, Tehem, Feroumont and Zidrou, among many other exciting artists. Dupuis will also present “Publishing Scoops” about upcoming albums and comics, so there could be more interesting news coming out of the festival.

Jan 142015

Some big news about upcoming one-shots, several books about Franquin in preparation, Vito will return in English, and more… Continue reading »

Oct 072014
Sketch excerpt from the sequel to 'Journal d'un ingénu' (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) Dupuis and the artist; photo by Librairie La Parenthèse, from

From the sequel to ‘Journal d’un ingénu’ by Émile Bravo. Image from the unofficial Émile Bravo blog.

Following yesterday’s page from the upcoming Frank Pé and Zidrou one-shot, here’s the first look at Émile Bravo’s sequel to Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”): one page in pencil sketch version. This page seems to take place on 10. May, 1940, the start of the German invasion of Belgium during WWII. The page constitutes Bravo’s contribution to a special publication in support of La Parenthèse bookstore in Nancy, which can be ordered here. (News via grelots on the forum.)

Sep 182014

Émile Bravo at the 2009 Strasbulles Festival (photo by and (C) Ji-Elle, licensed under CC-Attribution-Share Alike; via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 50th birthday of Émile Bravo. Bravo has only made one Spirou album so far, Le Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”) in 2008, but what an album! Going back to the origin of the character, and re-imagining it in a more realistic, historically grounded setting, it does for Spirou what Alan Moore did for superheroes. A big hit with both critics and readers, it was an “Essential” pick at the 2009 Angoulême Comics Festival, and is rated as one of the best Spirou albums of all time by fans over at InediSpirou. It is available in French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Finnish, Danish and Swedish, as well as an edition in Brussels dialect.  Bravo is currently working on a sequel in two volumes, projected for publication in 2015 and 2016.

Bravo was born in Paris to Spanish-born parents; his father had fled from Franco’s Spain. Bravo debuted with Fingers in 1988. Early on he was strongly influenced by Yves Chaland, notably in Ivoire (1990), his first of many collaborations with Jean Regnaud. With Regnaud he made three albums with the adventures of Aleksis Strogonov (1993–1998), which marked a breakthrough in his work. In 1999, Bravo launched a new series, the adventures of Jules, very much in the tradition of Tintin, and then in 2004 Boucle d’Or et les sept ours nains (“Goldilocks and the Seven Squat Bears“) for younger children. Bravo has also illustrated children’s books: Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a recontré Buffalo Bill (“My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill“), written by Regnaud and told in a mixed comic/storybook style, was also an Angoulême Essential and was adapted as an animated movie in 2013.

Happy birthday, Émile!