Jan 152016
Remake of 'Spirou et Fantasio' album cover, from 'Let Petit livre de la bande dessiné' by Hervé Bourhis & Terreur Graphique (ill. François Ravard after Franquin; Copyright (c) 2014 by Dupuis, Dargaud and the artists; image from tumblr.com)

Remake of ‘Spirou et Fantasio’ (1948) album cover, by François Ravard after Franquin (2014).

Today is the release date of the second volume of Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault’s La Véritable histoire de Spirou (“The True History of Spirou”), covering the years 1947–1955. This corresponds to the early Franquin years, so how about this for today’s fanart: a version of the cover for his first Spirou album, simply entitled Spirou et Fantasio. (If you study the details it’s possible to work out exactly which stories it includes.) The redrawing was done by François Ravard for the book Le Petit livre de la bande dessiné in 2014, a comics history in comic form.

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 »

Sep 202015

As the year turns towards its last quarter, updates on the English, Scandinavian and German publication front, and some delays in the francophonie Continue reading »

Jun 172015

As reported last year, writer Yves Sente and artist Laurent Verron are doing a graphic novel about the cabin boy who inspired Rob-Vel to create Spirou. Now, from an interview with Verron in the fanzine Tonnere de Bulles ! #8 (via Le Petit Écho de Champignac), there’s a little more information, along with a penciled half-page.

Update: Just noticed that on Verron’s homepage, there are a number of sketches from his work on this album:

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May 212015

It’s been a while, but let’s get back into it with a rundown of recent and upcoming Spirou publications! Until the last few weeks there wasn’t much to report, but now there’s suddenly enough to fill multiple posts. So let’s start off with French releases: We have news of two upcoming Spirou & Fantasio adventures, several collected editions, and an ever-increasing pile of Franquin-related books, among other things… Continue reading »

Nov 272014

New albums now out in French, English and… Icelandic? Dutch, Finnish, German and Swedish soon to follow, the True History of Spirou continues, and more! 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 »