May 252017
 

Borneo comes to Norway, a new one-shot by David Etien, the Zorglub-universe expands further, Spain gets a whole bunch of Spirou publications, and more! Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Pencil for story in a Journal de Spirou special issue (ill. Pascal Jousselin; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; photo by Jousselin; image from facebook.com)

Sketch for an upcoming Spirou story, by Pascal Jousselin (2016)

Pascal Jousselin (Imbattable), who wrote the choose-your-own-adventure-style Spirou story Fantasio a disparu! (“Fantasio Has Vanished!“), posted the pencils for a panel from an upcoming Spirou story to Facebook last week. It’s for a special issue of the Journal, so just a short story, not a full-length album or anything.

Jun 222016
 

Incomplete pages from 'Ptirou' (ill. Verron & Sente; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artists; photo by Laurent Verron; image from www.verron-laurent.com)

Over the last couple of months, Laurent Verron has resumed posting samples of his work on the upcoming Ptirou album on his blog. This stand-alone graphic novel, written by Yves Sente loosely based on a true story, depicts the life of a cabin boy who goes on to inspire Rob-Vel to create Spirou. 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 »

Oct 272015
 
Inks for panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

“We’ll have to squeeze in, Spip. I wasn’t able to save more than one hammock from our suitcases.”
“Bah! No problem. We’ll snuggle up like in the good old days!”
From Spirou & Fantasio #55, by Yoann & Vehlmann (2015)

A spokesperson for Dupuis announced yesterday on the official Spirou forum that the next adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann (still only known as Spirou & Fantasio #55) will begin its serialization in the 4051/4052 issue of the Journal, which goes on sale 2. December (and to subscribers a few days earlier). Today, Yoann posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption “Back to work” (having come back from the Quai des bulles comics festival in St. Malo), so clearly there’s still some work left to do on the album. Good luck!

Aug 242015
 

Yoann has posted another page (or perhaps only one panel of a page?) from the next Spirou album to Facebook. Apparently, the mayor of Champignac has revived an old traditional parade in order to attract tourists. (At first I actually wasn’t sure this was a Spirou page, because I didn’t recognize any of the characters, until I finally spotted Spirou and the Count, and then the mayor.)

Pencils for page or panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

(The figure on the central float is Bob le Cow-boy, from a joke comic created by Vehlmann under a pseudonym. That rodent further back also looks strangely familiar…)

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 »