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The Spirit of Adventure (L’esprit d’aventure)
by Nob

From the Journal de Spirou #3914, the 75th anniversary special (2013).

“I tried not to get lost in parody. I’ve always loved the feel of Champignac.
The idea was that a weekend with the Count would be like a weekend with your own grandparents! And I would love to read the next part of this story – which stops just when the adventure really begins!”
 Nob

Thanks to @overlordraax​ for proofing and general encouragement!

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The Spirou et fantasio movie trailer came out today.

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This one (I’m sorry if the format comes out weird, I’m on the mobile tumblr app which messes up posts sometimes, and I’m also away from my laptop for a few days)
Basically, if you don’t know French, Fantaiso is saying “THE CONDOM! We forgot the condom!”

… However, the word “capote” has a double meaning in french… It means both Condom, and … In this context, car roof. What really happened was: Fantasio forgot to cover up the turbotaction in a night that had very heavy rain, and because the roof of the castle of Champignac was torn apart, they had to sleep with covers above their beds so it wouldn’t rain on them. And Fantasio’s flooded and was torn, so all the water fell on him and he was all wet, which reminded him that he forgot to cover his car. But yeah, the whole happened so it led up to this one joke, and it’s hilarious xD

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The Pact, part 3/? | part 4 | part 2 | part 1

thank you @crazyflyingspip for providing moral support and get me through all these panels with deer and physical activities

Translation trouble

So I’m working on a scanlation of a certain Spirou & Fantasio story, but having trouble with a couple of points in the translation. Maybe you have some ideas?

1. Spirou & Fantasio sing a song about wallpapering their house. In French, it’s a variation on ‘Si j'avais un marteau’. Is there a cheerful, recognizable pop song in English that could be adapted to be about putting up wallpaper?

2. There’s a town called “Bitumébéton”, which translates to “Asphalt-Concrete” (contrasting charmless urban sprawl with idyllic Champignac village). What’s a good English name? (Preferably of similar length.)

3. Pacôme Hégésippe Adélard Ladislas: Count Champignac’s name in French. Kim Thompson gave him the first name Ambrose in English. Should I keep the rest of the names the same, or use some more English–- but still eccentric – substitutes (e.g. “Ambrose Benedict Engelbert Ladislas”)?