Borneo comes to Norway, a new one-shot by David Etien, the Zorglub-universe expands further, Spain gets a whole bunch of Spirou publications, and more!
Sooo… It has been almost half a year since the last proper Publications Update, and increasingly dated “news” has been piling up like the urgent mail in Gaston’s office. Anyway, let’s get it over with! If you’re keen to see Zorglub or Gaston in English, the original pages from Tome & Janry’s albums, or the latest one-shots in just about every language the series is published in, there’s good news…
Yesterday it was 60 years since Gaston Lagaffe walked into the door of the offices of the Journal de Spirou (or to put it another way, 60 years since the publication date of issue #985 of the Journal, with the first appearance of the character). As low-profile as the introduction was, Gaston – created by André Franquin and Yvan Delporte – would come to have immense impact on Spirou & Fantasio, pulling Franquin away from the series and redefining the relationship between the characters and the magazine publishing their adventures.
The week before the magazine serialization of a new Spirou & Fantasio adventure in the Journal de Spirou, Franquin used to draw a little teaser. In 1965 he was well and truly burned out on the series: it had been two years since the last new adventure, QRN sur Bretzelburg (Spirou & Fantasio #18, “QRN Over Bretzelburg”) which itself had been delayed for more than a year after his health collapsed. He kept drawing Gaston Lagaffe each week, but only reluctantly returned to the magazine’s flagship series, as this mini-comic illustrates. However, the result was Bravo les Brothers, which ended up as his own favorite Spirou & Fantasio adventure.
Following on the heels of the Petit Spirou film and the Spirou & Fantasio film, it’s recently been reported that a film version of Franquin’s Gaston Lagaffe is also moving forward. Actors have been cast, and filming is scheduled to start as soon as March, for a release in April 2018 (beating Spirou & Fantasio – which has a 20 June release – to theaters). The Gaston comic takes place in the Spirou universe, of course – more specifically at the (fictionalized) offices of the Journal de Spirou. However, it is not clear whether this will be the case in the movie, and whether there will be any kind of “shared universe” connection between the two films.
Today is the 57th anniversary of Gaston’s first appearance (which I guess is meaningful because that was in 1957), and a certain web company has decorated its logo for the occasion, at least on the French, Belgian and Swiss versions of the site. It doesn’t seem to be interactive or anything, but still, pretty cool!
All right! Since the last one of these, quite a few things have happened, so let’s just run through them quickly…
Cover for the Journal de Spirou New Year’s issue (#3950), currently out. It features a calendar with Gaston drawn by various artists (including Tarrin, Tome & Janry, Parme, and Yoann & Vehlmann) as a supplement.
… And that marks the end of the Year of Spirou!
Spirou Reporter will of course continue to cover Spirou news and events in the coming year, but the rate of updates may possibly go down a bit. Hope you have a happy new year, and see you all in 2014!