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!

Mar 232017
 


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… Continue reading »

Oct 022016
 

There were a few updates on the publications front last month as well. Stories by Frank and by Al, Munuera clarifies a question of genealogy, some fancy Fournier books, and good news + rumors from Norway… Continue reading »

Aug 032016
 

'La Lumière de Bornéo' FR covers, regular and tirage luxe ("The Light from Borneo"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

The serialization of La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) continues apace, and Dupuis have now added the album, set to be released on 7. October, to their website. There are two versions: the regular album edition, now with a new cover, and a special deluxe edition for collectors. Interestingly, the length of the two books are given as 92 and 168 pages, while the story is supposed to be “only” 82 pages long, so even the regular edition may include some extras.

Here are the two covers in full resolution, as well as the earlier working version of the cover and a set of photos of Frank Pé painting in a Paris café, before an audience of French and Belgian book sellers (posted to Facebook by Dupuis a while ago):

Jul 072016
 
'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 wraparound cover, 'La Lumière de Bornéo' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists)

Journal de Spirou #4082–4083 wraparound cover, by Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016)

This week the special 100-page summer issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4082–4083) is out, featuring the first installment of La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé & Zidrou. (A sample of the issue, as well as a preview of the following issue, is available on Izneo.) All the pages thus available have already been seen in Frank’s inks, but now we have the final version in beautiful color (by Cerise). Continue reading »

Jun 232016
 

Finally an update! A new one-shot by Hanco Kolk, an anthology album and more on the Yoann & Vehlmann short-story album, drawbacks to a Swedish collected edition volume, the next Spirou album in English, and more… (UPDATE: And the Marsupilami rages in Norway, too!) Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »

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 062014
 

Page from 'Le Okapi blanc' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via stripspeciaalzaak.be)

Updated: Originally posted on Stripspeciaalzaak and then reposted in many other places, a page said to be from the upcoming one-shot by Frank Pé and Zidrou, previously known as L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), but now listed under a new Dutch title, Het Licht van Borneo (“The Light from Borneo”). This page is apparently on exhibition at the CBBD in Brussels. From what we see here, Champignac and an acquaintance have discovered a nonexistent mushroom, and Spirou wants to take up painting as a hobby. Notice that Spirou’s part of the story takes place in Brussels (you can see the edge of Frank’s famous mural).

Stripspeciaalzaak also report that Frank has finished 20 pages out of a projected 78, and that the one-shot is expected in 2016. (Let me also add that none of the first few places I saw this reposted even mentioned Stripspeciaalzaak or the CBBD, which is just poor form. Since they also omitted much of the other information, they’re also depriving their readers of the chance to find out more.)