Mar 202017
 
Journal de Spirou #4117 cover, Zorglub (ill. Munuera; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

“My Moment Has Come!”

The first installment of the Zorglub spin-off by Munuera ran in the Journal de Spirou a couple of weeks ago (in a special issue devoted to villains), and to give readers a sense of this new series, here is the first part of La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”): Continue reading »

Feb 102017
 
Théo Fernandez as Gaston Lagaffe in 'Gaston Lagaffe' film (ill. Franquin, photo from allocine.fr)

Théo Fernandez will play Gaston

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. Continue reading »

Jun 222016
 

Incomplete pages from 'Ptirou' (ill. Verron & Sente; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artists; photo by Laurent Verron; image from www.verron-laurent.com)

Over the last couple of months, Laurent Verron has resumed posting samples of his work on the upcoming Ptirou album on his blog. This stand-alone graphic novel, written by Yves Sente loosely based on a true story, depicts the life of a cabin boy who goes on to inspire Rob-Vel to create Spirou. Continue reading »

Jun 172016
 
Amandine as Spirou, for Achim Reinecke (ill. Turf; Copyright (c) 2016 the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from facebook.com)

Amandine as Spirou, fanart for Achim Reinecke by Turf (2016)

From Achim Reinecke’s impressive collection of Spirou-themed convention sketches (dédicaces), here’s one by Turf, featuring in Spirou getup, if I’m not quite mistaken, Amandine from his series Magasin Sexuel (“Sex Shop”). Not apparently as explicit as what the title might give the impression of, Magasin Sexuel is described as a pleasant social satire of a quiet little village that gets shook up when a young girl, Amandine, arrives and decides to turn the old Rubber & Leather store, which had been selling boots and raincoats, into something a little more piquant…

The most relevant detail about the comic, however, is that in a clear bit of homage, the town’s mayor, one Raymond Orloff, is a dead ringer for the mayor of Champignac!

Excerpt from 'Magasin Sexuel' #1 (ill. Turf; Copyright (c) 2011 Delcourt and the artist; image adapted from cottagetreasure.blogspot.com)

From ‘Magasin Sexuel’ #1

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 272015
 

The discussions around the “… y se escribe Spirou” (“… and it’s spelled Spirou”) exhibitions in Spain reminded me of this Émile Bravo one-pager from La Galerie des illustres (originally published in Journal de Spirou #3685 in 2008, and translated by houbanaut):

'La galerie des illustres' from JdS #3685 (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) the artist; scanlation by houbanaut; image from scans-daily.dreamwidth.org)

The numerous bits Ibáñez plagiarized from Franquin are documented here (in French).