Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »

Mar 132016
 
Spirou, Fantasio and the Marsupilami in front of the Le Mans cathedral; limited poster for the Bulle bookstore (ill. Yoann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from ouest-france.fr)

Spirou, Fantasio, Spip and the Marsupilami in front of Le Mans Cathedral.
Limited edition poster for the Bulle bookstore. Yoann (2016)

In this recent update, Spirou Reporter withdrew a claim that the next Spirou album by Yoann & Vehlmann would be a collection of short stories. However, I unspoke to soon. In an interview with France 3’s Eric Guillaud, Yoann says that the next album will indeed be just such a collection. (And now I’m wondering if I didn’t in fact hear it somewhere else before, after all.) More details come from Le Petit Écho de Champignac – appropriately, since the guy running that site has long called for just such an album… Continue reading »

Feb 242016
 

Norwegian and French collected editions leave something to be desired, while Spain, Finland, Denmark and Germany keep on doing their thing…

Update (27/02): And then there’s Sweden, the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium… and Poland! Continue reading »

Feb 032016
 
'Fantasio se marie' provisional cover ("Fantasio Gets Married"; ill. Feroumont; Copyright (c) by Dupuis and the artist; image from bferoumont.blogspot.com)

Provisional cover, by Benoît Feroumont

The Flemish site Stripspeciaalzaak has posted some information about Feroumont’s upcoming one-shot, Fantasio se marie (“Fantasio Gets Married”; previous working titles Fantasio quitte la maison and Spirou et les femmes), including a cover (not final) and a plot blurb. Continue reading »

Jan 282016
 

Subscribers have now had a chance to read the final installment of La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) in the Journal. The next step is the album release on 4. March, and to promote it, Dupuis has released the “teaser trailer” above, recapping the Marsupilami’s history in the series. Interestingly, according to publisher Cobolt, the Danish album release (as Spirillens Vrede) will be on 24. February, before the French publication!

Jan 262016
 
Spirou whispering secrets to Gaston (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from comicbookresources.com)

Illustration by Franquin

(This story was originally published on 30/12/2015. New information has now come to light, so it has been updated on 26/1/2016.)

In an announcement on Le Petit Écho de Champignac, and later in comments to the BD Gest forum, Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (half of CBPY, the authors of Le Véritable histoire de Spirou), has talked cryptically about an upcoming Spirou publication. Continue reading »

Jan 062016
 
From 'Groom' #1 cover (ill. Cauuet; Copyright (c) 2015 by Dupuis and the artist)

From the ‘Groom’ #1 cover, by Paul Cauuet.

Tomorrow, 7. January, sees the release of the first issue of the magazine Groom (“Bellhop”). Since the initial reports, a lot more information has come to light about this new “cousin” of the Journal de Spirou, including an 8-page sample of the magazine, included as a supplement in this week’s issue of the Journal. Continue reading »

Dec 042015
 

Samples from three upcoming one-shots, upcoming publications in Icelandic, Spanish and English, and some minor updates on two books in French… Continue reading »

Nov 192015
 
'La Colère du Marsupilami' cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; 2015/2016 (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from inedispirou.com)

‘La Colère du Marsupilami’ cover, from InediSpirou

(Updated with a better image of the cover and the publication program download) The next Spirou & Fantasio adventure is almost upon us, as La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) begins its serialization in the 2. December issue of the Journal de Spirou. Ahead of that, Dupuis has sent out their program of upcoming publications to a number of interested web sites (sadly not to Spirou Reporter, but can be downloaded here), which includes the cover of the upcoming album (above), a preview of two pages, and a plot summary. (SPOILERS!) Continue reading »