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!

Nov 262016
 
From 'Le Petit Spirou' film (Copyright (c) 2016 Les Films du Cap – Les Partenaires; image from www.tf1international.com)

Film still (?) from ‘Le Petit Spirou’ (2017)

The film distributor TF1 International’s website offers a few more details about the upcoming Petit Spirou movie. It has the production details already reported, as well as what appears to be a still from the movie itself, and a short description of the story (very mild SPOILERS):

Update: Also, there’s an interview with the director, Nicolas Bary, and some posters showing the other actors in character… Continue reading »

Oct 292016
 
Pierre Richard, Natacha Régnier and Sacha Pinaud in 'Le Petit Spirou' film (Copyright (c) 2016 Les Films du Cap – Les Partenaires; Photo from facebook.com)

Sacha Pinaud (front), Pierre Richard and Natacha Régnier (back) in ‘Le Petit Spirou’.

The shooting of the Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) film directed by Nicolas Bary began 1. August and wrapped nine weeks later, on or around 5. October, reports RTL and the director. The movie is scheduled for release in one year: 18. October 2017. Continue reading »

Jan 182016
 
Working logo for 'Le Petit Spirou' film (image from facebook.com/Nicolas-Bary-186707934726362/)

‘Le Petit Spirou’ movie logo. From Facebook

It’s been announced that the upcoming Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) movie, directed by Nicolas Bary, will start filming this summer sometime between May and July, for release in spring 2017. While Spirou Reporter hasn’t followed news of the development closely, it has apparently been moving along steadily since the initial report, with a number of updates on various Facebook pages over the last year. Continue reading »