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 »

Aug 272013

Young Fantasio sad (ill. Tarrin; (c) Dupuis)

Tarrin’s short episodes of The Heroic Youth of Fantasio were well-received when the spin-off series ran in 2011 and 2012 (1, 2, 3), and the latest word was that he would continue it as an album-length adventure. However, as time passed with no further updates, fans have been getting increasingly worried that the project might have ground to a halt.

Those fears have now been proven correct, as an admin on the the official Spirou forum today confirmed the cancellation of the album:

Malheureusement, comme cela arrive parfois, la bande dessinée “La Jeunesse héroïque de Fantasio” ne verra jamais le jour.

Which is to say:

“Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, the comic The Heroic Youth of Fantasio will never see the light of day.”

Jun 172013
From Spirou #53 édition luxe (ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis)

Samples of Yoann’s preparations for Spirou #53 (from the deluxe edition)

Take this for what it’s worth, but the user Thizman on the forum says that while he and another user, Kuash, were getting a dedication from Yoann (presumably at the Lyon BD Festival this weekend past), Yoann said that he is currently on the second page of Spirou #54. That doesn’t sound like very far along, even if he has been doing character studies, sketches and layouts before starting – as seen above for the previous album. He also divulged that he and Vehlmann don’t yet know how to reintroduce the Marsupilami in Spirou #55.

Most likely, none of this is particularly consequential, and I cannot vouch for the information, but hey, aren’t those sketches nice?