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.
Samples from three upcoming one-shots, upcoming publications in Icelandic, Spanish and English, and some minor updates on two books in French…
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!
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.)
(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…)
Posted by Yoann to facebook last week (and found via InediSpirou), this photo shows two partially inked half-pages (27A and 27B) from Yoann & Vehlmann’s next Spirou album. If Yoann is finishing them more or less in order, he would appear to be on track to complete it towards the end of the year, perhaps.
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:
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…
Here’s a first glimpse of a page from the next Spirou adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann:
Spirou and Fantasio are back in the office, and isn’t that Lebrac the artist (from Gaston)? This looks to me like the page-layout or initial rough pencil sketch, which is later copied more neatly and in larger format for the final pencils.