This year is the one-hundredth anniversary of Jijé, one of the most influential artists in the early years of the Journal de Spirou, creator of numerous classic comics, mentor to Franquin, and the first artist to take over Spirou after its creator, Rob-Vel (not counting assistants and fill-ins). So here’s a short comic about his life, created in 1980 by Yves Chaland, assisted by Serge Clerc and Denis Sire.
A small detour in the photo report from the Belgian Comic Strip Center’s Spirou passed from hand to hand exhibition to take a look at the fanart part of the exhibit. It includes several sketches and originals by various artists.
Cobolt’s Carsten Søndergaard has provided an update on the status of the Danish publisher’s upcoming Spirou titles.
Contrary to previous suggestions, they’ve decided to not do a version of the book Spirou par Chaland that Dupuis is putting out later this year. The content (described as “more text than Chaland drawings”) is primarily interesting to a narrow a group of fans and collectors, and that would mean an unsustainable price point for a small, black and white book. They hope to instead publish Chaland’s Spirou series in some other format at a later date, perhaps in combination with some of the work by Serge Clerc.
In better news, he confirms that the next Spirou album will be Émile Bravo’s Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), to be published perhaps as soon as September. This is the last missing one-shot album to be published in Danish. They haven’t finalized the Danish title yet, but it might be something along the lines of Portræt af den unge helt som et fjols (“Portrait of the Young Hero as a Fool,” a version of the German Porträt eines Helden als junger Tor, or “Portrait of a Hero as a Young Fool”).
Bravo’s album will be followed towards the end of the year or the start of 2014 by the much-easier-to-translate La femme-léopard (“The Leopard Woman”) by Schwartz & Yann, in Danish as Leopardkvinnen. This follow-up to their first one-shot is scheduled for a November release in French, so the Danish edition is hot on the heels of the original.