… and the publishing schedule taketh away. The last week or so has seen quite a lot of changes to the list of upcoming publications.
Among the comics previewed in the Journal de Spirou this week is Yoann & Vehlmann’s next Spirou album, #54. How are things coming along with that?
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.”
A small heads up on recent and upcoming Spirou publications.
Take this for what it’s worth, but the user Thizman on the Spirou.com 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?