Last Thursday was the official unveiling of a new comics mural in Brussels, featuring art from the Spirou one-shot La Femme-léopard by Schwartz & Yann. As previously reported, it is located in the Ixelles neighborhood (the address indicated has changed from Rue de la Croix 9 to Chausseé d’Ixelles 227A, but that’s right next door). It also turns out that the image printed in the Journal was flipped horizontally, so the actual mural indeed has the hotel sign the right way around.
New albums now out in French, English and… Icelandic? Dutch, Finnish, German and Swedish soon to follow, the True History of Spirou continues, and more!
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…
InediSpirou reported last week that Téhem has now finished drawing the first 43 pages (out of an estimated 65) of La grosse tête (“The Big Head”), the one-shot he is making with Makyo and Toldac.
Actually, let’s have a proper rundown of all the (known) upcoming one-shot albums.
All right! Since the last one of these, quite a few things have happened, so let’s just run through them quickly…
This strange and wonderful cover proposal for Schwartz & Yann’s sequel to Le groom vert-de-gris, the Spirou adventure about to start serialization in the Journal de Spirou in one week, presumably isn’t going to be used any more, now that the title has been changed. From the picture (and the old title), it’s easy to suspect that the story is inspired by one of Chaland’s attempts to continue his interrupted Spirou adventure: a version from 1986, sketched in a notebook while he was visiting Congo (then Zaïre), revolves around a group of female aniotos (members of a secret Leopard Society who killed while disguised as leopards). Only a few pages from this notebook have ever been published, but Yann would almost certainly have read it, since he worked with Chaland on several other drafts of the sequel.
Spirou Reporter is back from vacation, so here’s a quick update on news that has happened while we’ve been away (or had missed earlier on).
Le Petit Écho de Champignac caught a mention in Journal de Spirou #3927 (17. July) that Émile Bravo has started work on a follow-up to Journal d’un ingénu. The long-rumored sequel is finally underway!
The site is also one of several sources to have picked up on another upcoming book announced on Amazon: Les couvertures des recueils du Journal de Spirou par Franquin (“Covers of the Journal de Spirou Digests by Franquin”). Scheduled for 15. November and priced at 119 EUR, this book would have to work hard to justify its price, particularly since most of the covers of these omnibus collections of the magazine have been reprinted many times, and are easily available online.
Meanwhile, InediSpirou reports that the upcoming one-shot by Schwartz & Yann has been renamed. No longer La femme-léopard (“The Leopard Woman”), it will be published under the title Le fétiche des Marolles (“The Marolles Fetish” – Marolles being a famous working-class neighborhood in Brussels). The album release is still scheduled for 11. October; a magazine serialization or at least a preview can be expected at the start of September.
Finally, Les épatantes aventures d’Émile Bravo has an 8-part photo diary (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) of a visit to the Angoulême Spirou Expo. The photos give an extensive look at what the exhibition features, with particular focus on the original art on display (and with parts 3–7 devoted solely to Émile Bravo’s contribution).
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.
We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released…