An article posted several months ago reports that the Spirou.Z digital magazine/interactive tablet app, initially previewed in 2013, has been canceled by Dupuis Publishing.
… plus the start of March. More collected edition books in Danish, several one-shots are moving forward, Spirou.Z is back, and more!
Not a whole lot on the publications front this week. Well, lots of small things, but hardly anything major. Still, read on if you want to know what’s been happening…
… and the publishing schedule taketh away. The last week or so has seen quite a lot of changes to the list of upcoming publications.
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…
If you’re an aspiring comic creator with a drawer full of unpublished work, you might be interested to learn that Spirou.Z, the upcoming digital comic/tablet app from the Journal de Spirou, is currently recruiting.
To apply, contact the editors at email@example.com. (I’m guessing you can probably write in English as well, if your stuff is good.)
For those of us who don’t have an iPad, we can at least get a taste of what Spirou.Z is about. Dupuis has put up part of the free sample issue #0 on their web site, although they warn that it doesn’t provide the full experience. (For one thing, it’s not available in English.) But you can see the “turbo media” motion comic format in action and see what you might find in one issue.
There’s been so much to report over the last few weeks that I haven’t been able to cover everything. I’ve mentioned Spirou.Z a few times (most recently in yesterday’s update on the multi-part, Pixar-illustrated “The Domino Theory” that will run there), but I haven’t really explained in detail what it is.
No, it’s not an upcoming movie, but a digital comic to run in the Spirou magazine’s new tablet app, Spirou.Z.
As reported by InediSpirou, La théorie des dominos (“The Domino Theory”) is a story in seven parts, written by Christopher (Christopher Longé), and with each 8-page episode illustrated by a different Pixar artist. Each episode is told from the point of view of a different character from the Spirou universe, and at the end of each part, another character gets involved and takes over the story.
The first episode stars Seccotine (aka “Cellophine” in English), and will be illustrated by Bill Presing. Subsequent parts will focus on Fantasio, Zorglub, the Count of Champignac, Zantafio, Spirou, and finally Spip. Other illustrators expected to contribute include Ted Mathot, Ronnie del Carmen and Pascal Campion.
La théorie des dominos will be available as a digital-only release starting in October, when the first regular issue of Spirou.Z comes out, and presumably there’ll be another installment in each monthly issue. Once complete, plans are to collect the parts into a printed album in the le Spirou de… one-shot series.
One interesting aspect of this is that the “demo issue” #0 of Spirou.Z that is currently available on iTunes lets you choose between English and French. If that holds true for future issues as well, this could be the first Spirou adventure with a simultaneous English release.