Jan 152016
Remake of 'Spirou et Fantasio' album cover, from 'Let Petit livre de la bande dessiné' by Hervé Bourhis & Terreur Graphique (ill. François Ravard after Franquin; Copyright (c) 2014 by Dupuis, Dargaud and the artists; image from tumblr.com)

Remake of ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ (1948) album cover, by François Ravard after Franquin (2014).

Today is the release date of the second volume of Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault’s La Véritable histoire de Spirou (“The True History of Spirou”), covering the years 1947–1955. This corresponds to the early Franquin years, so how about this for today’s fanart: a version of the cover for his first Spirou album, simply entitled Spirou et Fantasio. (If you study the details it’s possible to work out exactly which stories it includes.) The redrawing was done by François Ravard for the book Le Petit livre de la bande dessiné in 2014, a comics history in comic form.

Dec 042015

Samples from three upcoming one-shots, upcoming publications in Icelandic, Spanish and English, and some minor updates on two books in French… Continue reading »

Nov 102015

The big news of this update is the announcement of the publication dates for the next two one-shots. Also, no news is good(ish) news from Fournier, Yoann & Vehlmann forever and ever, Finland and Spain get new releases of old material, and a couple of recent publications hold up… Updated: And news on one more one-shot! Updated 2: … and a new edition of Spirou sous le manteau! Continue reading »

Oct 232015

Two years ago, Fanart Friday featured a panel from an exercise in the Graphical Storytelling course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, where students had to adapt an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road using Franquin’s characters and style. Back then it was the only example I could track down, but recently a bit more digging uncovered entries from many more students.

Franquin-style adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' (ill. Maria Simone "Simo" Blüchert; (c) 2013 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from meganepokomi.tumblr.com)

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy and Muir Jover, after Franquin (2015)

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Oct 142015

News on upcoming publications from the last couple of weeks: Drawing Spirou is a full-time job, new titles for Spaniards and young Marsupilami fans, and more! Continue reading »

Sep 202015

As the year turns towards its last quarter, updates on the English, Scandinavian and German publication front, and some delays in the francophonie Continue reading »

Aug 272015
'La flûte de l'oubli' advertising illustration ("The Flute of Forgetting"; ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis and the artist; adapted from JdS 1201, via blog.spirou.com)

‘La flûte de l’oubli’ illustration, by Franquin

Remember the adventure where Spirou and Fantasio chase Zantafio from Palombia to New York, to stop him from misusing a powerful, sacred artifact? No? Perhaps you have… amnesia! Continue reading »

Jul 312015
Dedication sketch for Nico (ill. unknown, falsely signed "Franquin"; image from bdgest.com)

Unknown artist, falsely signed “Franquin”

For a while, a Danish Facebook page has offered for sale a copy of Tempo Tabou featuring a drawing of the Marsupilami, supposedly made by Franquin at a Copenhagen convention in 1978. It doesn’t exactly take an expert to see that the inept scribbles weren’t made by Franquin, and the piece has been widely denounced as a fake.

Once you start looking, the web is flowing over with dubious “original sketches” by Franquin and other great masters. Auction sites seem particularly prone to forgeries, as you might expect, but the images have a tendency to disappear as soon as the sale is over, leaving few samples as evidence. (Fans discuss the authenticity of supposed originals here and here, though to my eyes they can sometimes be a bit trigger-happy to proclaim something a fake.) But let’s stick to the most egregious ones:

(The last one was, I think, done as a joke.)

Jun 072015

Following the rundown of French publications from the last few months, let’s see what’s going on in other languages. As you might imagine, it’s a lot, so let’s just get to it! Continue reading »

May 212015

It’s been a while, but let’s get back into it with a rundown of recent and upcoming Spirou publications! Until the last few weeks there wasn’t much to report, but now there’s suddenly enough to fill multiple posts. So let’s start off with French releases: We have news of two upcoming Spirou & Fantasio adventures, several collected editions, and an ever-increasing pile of Franquin-related books, among other things… Continue reading »