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 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 »

May 222013
 

If you’re an aspiring comic creator with a drawer full of unpublished work, you might be interested to learn that Spirou.Z, the upcoming digital comic/tablet app from the Journal de Spirou, is currently recruiting.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 spirouz@spirou.com. (I’m guessing you can probably write in English as well, if your stuff is good.)

May 042013
 

Spirou.Z issue #0 (ill. unknown)

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.

Apr 262013
 

No, it’s not an upcoming movie, but a digital comic to run in the Spirou magazine’s new tablet app, Spirou.Z.

Spirou.Z ad (ill. Dupuis, Yoann)

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.