Jul 212016
 


A couple of updates on the one-shots by Bravo and Durieux, and Spirou Reporter looks further afield to publications in other languages. Continue reading »

Nov 092013
 

Last week brought no updates on the publication front, but there are a few things to report from this week. A special edition is released, a one-shot is delayed, and there are details on the Gaston box set and a book about Jijé. Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 

… and the publishing schedule taketh away. The last week or so has seen quite a lot of changes to the list of upcoming publications. Continue reading »

Jun 182013
 

Spirou 53 cover SE (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Egmont)Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper”) is released today in Sweden under the title Spirou: I Vipers Klor, available in bookstores and on newsstands (source). It’s number 52 in the Swedish album order, and was previously reviewed here.

With this publication, the album is now (to my knowledge) available in 7 languages: French, Dutch, Finnish, German, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Not too shabby! As for English… don’t hold your breath.

 

 

Jun 162013
 

Spirou 53 cover NO (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Egmont; scan via minetegneserier.no)The Norwegian edition of Dans les griffes de la Vipère (Spirou #53, “In the Clutches of the Viper) has hit the streets a few days ahead of the official release date, under the title Sprint: I Vipers Klør. Published by Egmont and translated by Arvid Skancke-Knutsen, the album is number 60 in the Norwegian sequencing. The adventure was previously reviewed here.

At the same time, Egmont’s Haakon W. Isachsen states that the remaining one-shots (and specifically Le journal d’un ingénu) are too narrow for the Norwegian market, and won’t be released there. Norwegian fans should instead seek out the upcoming Danish edition.

 

 

Jun 062013
 

We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released… Continue reading »

Jun 052013
 

Spirou 53 cover DE (ill. Carlsen, Yoann & Vehlmann)The German edition of Spirou #53, In den Fängen der Viper (“In the Clutches of the Viper”) is now available from Carlsen. This is the 51st album in the German order. As with the other German albums, it includes exclusive extra material, in this instance 8 pages including pencil versions of some pages, a cover image from the Journal, paintings by Yoann that relate to the story, and editorial material and texts (source). No bonus story this time around; the only obvious candidate, Yoann & Vehlmann’s Groom Toujours! (“Bellhop Forever”!) from the special anniversary issue, was probably too recent to make it in.

“In the Clutches of the Viper” was reviewed here, based on the French and Danish editions.

Carlsen will also publish the collected edition of the series (versions of the French intégrale books), expecting to start in fall 2014. For album collectors, meanwhile, Carlsen offers slipcases to help keep the bookshelf tidy, and a seventh of these will be available in spring 2014.

May 102013
 

Spirou 53: Dans les griffes de la Vipère /
I Hugormens Kløer

4/5 Stars

 

Dupuis (French), Cobolt (Danish), 46 pages

 “The Year of Spirou,” the 75th anniversary of the comic, has so far been packed full of unique events, major announcements and interesting publications. But few are as exciting as seeing the series itself in excellent health, with the release of a great new album.

And the new adventure, Dans les griffes de la Vipère (“In the Clutches of the Viper”), recently published in Danish as I Hugormens Kløer, is pretty great. Not flawless or about to rank with the highest classics, but easily the strongest of Yoann & Vehlmann’s contributions so far (including their out-of-continuity one-shot, Les géants pétrifiés; or “The Petrified Giants”), and arguably the best “real” Spirou adventure we’ve had for twenty years or more.

(This review contains SPOILERS for this and previous albums, though I’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.) Continue reading »