Today sees the simultaneous announcement and launch of a new Spirou album (Edit: actually, since today is only 29. May, the official launch isn’t for another couple of days) … Sorry, that should be Robbedoes, as for the first time a Spirou adventure is published originally in Dutch. Robbedoes Special #1: Happy Family is a 48-page album written by Marc Legendre and drawn by Charel Cambré (both Flemish, and known for their version of Suske & Wiske, Amoras, known in French as Amphoria).
Borneo comes to Norway, a new one-shot by David Etien, the Zorglub-universe expands further, Spain gets a whole bunch of Spirou publications, and more!
BM Mag #14 (April–May 2017), the magazine of Dutch comics publisher Ballon Media, features an intriguing teaser ad for an upcoming project on page 27… (Updated 28.4.2017)
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…
There were a few updates on the publications front last month as well. Stories by Frank and by Al, Munuera clarifies a question of genealogy, some fancy Fournier books, and good news + rumors from Norway…
Finally an update! A new one-shot by Hanco Kolk, an anthology album and more on the Yoann & Vehlmann short-story album, drawbacks to a Swedish collected edition volume, the next Spirou album in English, and more… (UPDATE: And the Marsupilami rages in Norway, too!)
The last installment of Benoît Feroumont’s one-shot is in the Journal de Spirou #4075, available to subscribers this week. And Dupuis has released a more extensive preview of the first 17 pages of the upcoming album. So here are some thoughts on the most recent Spirou adventure. (Unlike previous reviews, this is based on my impressions from a single read-through of the magazine serialization, not a more careful evaluation or the actual album edition. I’ve tried to avoid significant spoilers, but there are some details from the beginning, and overall discussion of the story.)
Le Spirou de Feroumont : Fantasio se marie
Dupuis (French), 68 pp.
The headline of the title is that Fantasio is getting married (to Clothilde Gallantine, daughter of a rich and famous fashion publisher), but that’s actually not a big part of the story, which focuses on Spirou’s adventures without his usual partner.
However, we begin with a flashback to World War II Brussels, where a resistance member and her daughter flee their apartment just ahead of the Gestapo. Actually, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, because they have the ultimate disguise: a magic necklace (in three parts) that can make them younger! However, German soldiers catch the mother before she has a chance to use it, arrest her and take the necklace.
In the present day, one part of the necklace is owned by Madame Gallantine, mother of Fantasio’s girlfriend. But just as Spirou and Fantasio are visiting her office, it is stolen by a female cat burglar. They try to stop the theft, but fail because Fantasio is too preoccupied with his sweetheart.
A short Spirou story already available online, an upcoming artist’s edition of Fournier’s albums, Zoom continues to offer very different books for Danes and Norwegians, new details on upcoming one-shots, and more!
Norwegian and French collected editions leave something to be desired, while Spain, Finland, Denmark and Germany keep on doing their thing…
Update (27/02): And then there’s Sweden, the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium… and Poland!