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 »

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 »

Jun 072015
 

Following the rundown of French publications from the last few months, let’s see what’s going on in other languages. As you might imagine, it’s a lot, so let’s just get to it! Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

2014 is looking good for Scandinavian Spirou fans, while a couple of new publications are moving down the pipeline in French. Let’s have a look at some recent and upcoming releases… Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

'Spirou passed from hand to hand' installation with stack of albums

Here’s the second part of the photo report from the Spirou exhibition at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD), Spirou passed from hand to hand. The first part covered Rob-Vel, Davine and Jijé. Today we have Franquin, Fournier, Nic & Cauvin and finally Chaland. Continue reading »

Sep 262013
 

Raoul Cauvin (photo via amndvden.overblog.com)

Today, 26. September, Raoul Cauvin turns 75. Perhaps most famous as the writer of Les tuniques bleues (The Bluecoats), a comic set during the American Civil War that mixes meticulously researched history and comedy (and is available in English from Cinebook), he also wrote three Spirou albums in the early 80s, illustrated by Nic Broca.

Journal de Spirou #3937 cover (ill. JDS, Delaf, Dodier))Lambiek calls Cauvin “the leading scenarist in humorous comics for a large audience,” and even though he’s well past the age many others retire, he remains one of the most active writers in French-Belgian comics, scripting a whole host of series that can be found in the Journal de Spirou almost every week (Les Psy, Les femmes en blanc, Cédric, Pierre Tombal, Agent 212, etc.) In recognition of his long career and his contribution, the magazine has devoted this week’s issue to him, even changing its masthead for the occasion (see left).

This being Spirou Reporter, it must be said that Nic & Cauvin’s run on the series is not generally well regarded, neither for the scripts nor the art, and the team was quickly replaced by Tome & Janry. Cauvin has said he only took the job out of loyalty to Charles Dupuis, and because he was asked to help out during a difficult transition. So in recognition of Cauvin, here’s one of Journal de Spirou’s many cartoon greetings from other comic book artists, in this case by Alain Dodier (Jerôme K. Jerôme Bloche):

Greeting for Cauvin's 75th birthday, from JDS #3739 (ill. Dodier)