Another piece of fanart from last year’s series of Spanish exhibitions. This one by Neryko is from Spirou, un botones en el palacio (“Spirou: A Bellhop in the Palace”), held last November–December in Santander, and shows the city’s great casino in the background.
The third annual Spirou Festival will take place a month from now, 2.–4. September, as seen in the announcement above, posted on Facebook and in the Journal.
As before, the Spirou Festival is simply the Dupuis section of the Brussels Comic Strip Festival, and doesn’t focus specifically on Spirou & Fantasio. Dupuis hasn’t provided the detailed program yet (and in fact, even the poster is almost exactly the same as for the 2014 festival), but the Brussels Comic Strip Festival site provides this description:
This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…
Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels.
If you follow comics news, you may have heard about the controversy over the nominations to the Angoulême Festival’s highest honor, the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award: Out of 30 nominees, there were 0 women. In fact, in the whole history of the festival, only one woman, Florence Cestac, has ever won the Grand Prix. (Although Claire Bretécher did win a special 10th anniversary prize. The first ever winner was André Franquin back in 1974, and among other Spirou creators, Jijé and Trondheim have also won it.)
From the exhibition Spirou, de Champiñac a Pontevedra (“Spirou: From Champignac to Pontevedra” – gotta love that tilde!), which opened this week, a piece by Pinturero, inspired by Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Photos from the opening of the exhibition can be seen here.
Interesting connection: Pinturero did the colors for one album of the series Sorcelleries by Guarnido & Valero, and a crossover between Spirou, Sorcelleries and Guarnido’s other series Blacksad was one of the first Spirou Reporter scanlations.
Another piece from the Mallorca exhibition of “… y se escribe Spirou“, which opened yesterday:
(The text, in French zorglingo, translates to “Long live the immense Zorglub!”)
If you follow the Spirou Oficial Facebook community, you’ll have seen a bunch of updates about various Spirou-related expos and exhibitions held in Spain over the next few weeks, all of them sponsored or (co-)organized by Dibbuks, the Spanish Spirou publisher. Here’s a summary, whether or note you’re able to take a trip to Iberia…
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.