News on upcoming publications from the last couple of weeks: Drawing Spirou is a full-time job, new titles for Spaniards and young Marsupilami fans, and more!
Two scanlations in one day? Inconceivable! Actually, the Jijé story posted earlier today was really supposed to be for a week ago, but it got delayed, and so here’s this weekend’s scanlation. (OK, so it’s technically Monday by the time this goes up, but let’s ignore that…) This is one of the stories from the 75th anniversary issue of the Journal de Spirou last year (#3914), by Hugo Piette and Lewis Trondheim. It seems to be a prequel to this story posted previously.
So, it doesn’t look like the promised scanlation is going to be ready until the weekend. But so that you won’t have to go two whole weeks without a new Spirou comic in English, here’s another couple of installments of the Spirou comic jam An Exquisite Corpse:
The Spirou passed from hand to hand exhibition at the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels closed on Sunday. So for those of you who didn’t have a chance to visit, here’s the final part of our photo report, covering the history of the series from Tome & Janry to the present, and offering glimpses of possible future one-shots.
Once upon a time, “Spirou canon” was simple: All the stories and adventures took place in the same world, in the order they were published in the magazine. And that worked fine as long as only one artist or one team were making Spirou stories at the same time. But then came Nic & Cauvin vs. Tome & Janry, then came Yves Chaland, then came le Petit Spirou… and most of all, then came the one-shot albums, which are proving to have more than one shot in them.
And now you have lots of different Spirou versions living in lots of different universes, each taking what they want from the comic’s long history, and discarding what they don’t. It’s a mess, but in a good way. Here, for example, is a story that seems to draw on Émile Bravo’s version, but set in the modern day. Told by Lewis Trondheim and Hugo Piette, it appeared in Journal de Spirou #3725 (2009), with a sequel in this year’s anniversary issue.
Many artists have wanted to make a Spirou one-shot. Dupuis has turned most of them down. One of the more prominent ones to give it a try is Stanislas (Victor Levallois, Les aventures d’Hergé), who has made two attempts with different collaborators. A page from each pitch has been leaked, presented here…
Editor, translator, publisher and critic Kim Thompson passed away on the morning of 19. June, according to a statement released by Fantagraphics. He was 56, and had been diagnosed with lung cancer earlier in the year. In 1995, Thompson was the first to translate Spirou into English.