A small heads up on recent and upcoming Spirou publications.
Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper”) is released today in Sweden under the title Spirou: I Vipers Klor, available in bookstores and on newsstands (source). It’s number 52 in the Swedish album order, and was previously reviewed here.
With this publication, the album is now (to my knowledge) available in 7 languages: French, Dutch, Finnish, German, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Not too shabby! As for English… don’t hold your breath.
The Norwegian edition of Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper) has hit the streets a few days ahead of the official release date, under the title Sprint: I Vipers Klør. Published by Egmont and translated by Arvid Skancke-Knutsen, the album is number 60 in the Norwegian sequencing. The adventure was previously reviewed here.
At the same time, Egmont’s Haakon W. Isachsen states that the remaining one-shots (and specifically Le journal d’un ingénu) are too narrow for the Norwegian market, and won’t be released there. Norwegian fans should instead seek out the upcoming Danish edition.
The coming months offer a number of new releases for Spirou fans in many different languages. The French publications are numerous enough to require their own list. Here I’ve tried to compile a list of releases in other languages (excluding Dutch) that is as complete as possible; additions and corrections are more than welcome!
Sprint: På Skyggesiden av Z, the Norwegian edition of La face cachée du Z (Spirou #52, by Yoann and Vehlmann), has been nominated for a 2013 SPROING Award for “Best Translated Publication” (published in 2012). The SPROING Award is the main Norwegian comics award, awarded annually by Norsk Tegneserieforum (NTF, “Norwegian Comics Forum”) since 1987 in the categories “Best Norwegian Publication” and “Best Translated Publication,” and more recently also “Best Debut” and an “Open Category.” Previous winners of the award in this category include Calvin & Hobbes (Watterson 1988), Bone (Smith 1998, 2000) and Persepolis (Satrapi 2005).
The other nominees are:
- Aya fra Yopougon (Aya) by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie (France / Ivory Coast)
- Skyttergravskrigen (It Was the War of the Trenches) by Jacques Tardi (France)
- Anyas Spøkelse (Anya’s Ghost) by Vera Brosgol (Russia / US)
- The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore (US)
Voting by members of NTF opens 19 April; no date has been set for the actual award.