Yesterday’s article about the Zorglub spin-off mentioned that it seems to represent the culmination of an ambition Munuera has had for a while. In 2008, shortly after being forced out of Spirou & Fantasio, he posted a message to the BD Gest’ Forums that describes those plans:
Catching up on some older news, it was revealed in December that the upcoming album by Munuera, La Fille de Zorglub (“Zorglub’s Daughter”), won’t be a Spirou one-shot, but actually the first volume in a Zorglub spin-off series. Also, the title is now the slightly different La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”).
The bad boy of the Spirou universe gets his own album, Spirou’s wartime adventures (in WWII and the present-day) see releases in Scandinavian, Spanish and German, and more… (Updated 11. February)
Tarrin’s short episodes of The Heroic Youth of Fantasio were well-received when the spin-off series ran in 2011 and 2012 (1, 2, 3), and the latest word was that he would continue it as an album-length adventure. However, as time passed with no further updates, fans have been getting increasingly worried that the project might have ground to a halt.
Those fears have now been proven correct, as an admin on the the official Spirou forum today confirmed the cancellation of the album:
Malheureusement, comme cela arrive parfois, la bande dessinée “La Jeunesse héroïque de Fantasio” ne verra jamais le jour.
Which is to say:
“Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, the comic The Heroic Youth of Fantasio will never see the light of day.”
I said last week that there hasn’t been any more of The Heroic Youth of Fantasio. Well, that’s almost true. While there hasn’t been another episode of the actual series, its future has been hinted at in two magazine features…
I haven’t had a chance to do a new scanlation this week, so I’m reposting one from another blog; Le Chat Vert‘s translation of the first episode of Tarrin’s La jeunesse héroïque de Fantasio (“The Heroic Youth of Fantasio”):