Sep 052017
 

Festival Spirou 2017 poster (ill. Franquin etc.; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

This weekend was the 8th annual Brussels Comic Strip Festival, which was also the 4th Festival Spirou (with Gaston as the featured character this time around, in honor of his sixtieth anniversary). Among other events, the Festival included a special pre-release screening of Le Petit Spirou the movie (which opens in cinemas 27. September).

Another addition this year was a set of prizes for comics creators, the Prix Atomium, which this year were handed out by former Spirou & Fantasio writer Jean-David Morvan. Sponsored by various organizations, each prize is awarded based on different criteria and comes with a monetary award ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 EUR. The Prix Atomium Spirou (15,000 EUR and publication in the magazine) is sponsored by the Journal and is awarded to a humoristic 44-page adventure in the tradition of the magazine’s classic series. It was won by Pebble’s Adventures by Nols.

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates including Zidrou and Frank Pé, with host Morvan (photo from dupuis.com)

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates. Zidrou second from left, Frank Pé fifth from left. Host Jean-David Morvan third from left.

Meanwhile, the Prix Atomium de Bruxelles (7,500 EUR) is sponsored by the Minister-President of the Brussels region to recognize a comic that showcases Brussels. It was won by the Spirou one-shot La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé and Zidrou, which features the city extensively (the Atomium itself plays an important role in the story). The jury’s decision was unanimous.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Aug 022016
 

Festival Spirou 2016 poster (ill. Yoann et al.; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

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: Continue reading »

Sep 092015
 

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. Continue reading »

Aug 122015
 

Festival Spirou 2015 poster

Just a quick heads up that like last year, Dupuis and the Journal de Spirou are holding a “Spirou Festival” as part of the Brussels Comics Festival (Fête de la BD/Stripfeest) on 4-6 September. This Spirou Reporter facebook post from last year collects links to a number of galleries from the 2014 festival, to give you an idea of what it’s all about. So if you have a chance to visit Brussels next month, save the dates!

Update: According to the official program (via the unofficial Émile Bravo blog), Bravo will show his sequel to Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), presumably as a work-in-progress, at the festival on 5. September, between 16:30 and 17:00.

Other presenters with past or upcoming Spirou albums include Yoann, Vehlmann, Fournier, Tome, Janry, Munuera, Trondheim, Tehem, Feroumont and Zidrou, among many other exciting artists. Dupuis will also present “Publishing Scoops” about upcoming albums and comics, so there could be more interesting news coming out of the festival.