Dec 172013
 

Journal de Spirou #3949 cover (ill. Schwartz; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

As mentioned in seemingly every post for the last several weeks, Le fétiche des Marolles by Schwartz & Yann begins serialization in this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3949). The adventure is set to run in 12 installments, bringing it to conclusion not too long before the album publication in April. Part one presents the first nine pages, three of which have already been seen. (Some spoilers below the cut!) Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

InediSpirou’s maxibon posted an exclusive: the first three pages of the upcoming Le fétiche des Marolles. Click over there to read the whole thing, but here’s the first page with translation in the caption:

'Le fétiche des Marolles' p. 1 (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; picture from InediSpirou)

“1946. The Nazi stranglehold is no more than a distant memory. Now, it is a relentless heatwave that lies over Brussels, crushing the city beneath its heavy yoke.”

Dec 082013
 
'La femme léopard' - later retitled 'Le fétiche des Marolles' - cover proposal (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; via olivierschwartz.blogspot.com)

Cover proposal for ‘La femme léopard’, the Schwartz & Yann Spirou one-shot later retitled ‘Le fétiche des Marolles’.
From the Olivier Schwartz fan blog.

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.

From Chaland's sketchbook, in 'Yves Chaland: L'enfance de l'oeil' (ill. Chaland; (c) Dupuis, Mosquito and the artist)

Fantasio faces a female aniotos, in a sketched draft by Chaland.

Nov 092013
 

Last week brought no updates on the publication front, but there are a few things to report from this week. A special edition is released, a one-shot is delayed, and there are details on the Gaston box set and a book about Jijé. Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 

… and the publishing schedule taketh away. The last week or so has seen quite a lot of changes to the list of upcoming publications. Continue reading »

Aug 202013
 
Spirou Album du Journal #103 (ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis; picture via bd-sanctuary.com)

One of Franquin’s covers for the ‘Journal de Spirou’ digests

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).