For my 100th post, a study on Spirou and Fantasio hugging, almost-hugging, semi-hugging or quasi-semi-hugging.
You can see that most of the time, it’s Fantasio’s initiative (7x to 5x and 3x both at the same time). Spirou is crushed three times, probably for the comical effect. ‘Mon vieux’ is said three times by Spirou, 'mon ami’, 'mon frêre’, 'mon poteau’, 'mon cher ami’ and 'vieux frère’ is each said once by Fantasio. Two times, it’s suggested they are going to dance (the waltz and the tango). The main reason for hugging is having not seen each other and being worried (6x), followed by being scared or startled (3x). Yes, I really am this obsessed.
There’s nothing unmanly about hugging!
Sources in order: Spirou et les héritiers, Le prisonnier du Bouddha, Les Petites Formats, Bravo les Brothers, QRN sur Bretzelburg, Des haricots partout, Qui arrêtera cyanure?, La Vallée des bannis, the cartoon episode 'L'ecole des petits genies’, the short story Back to the Rédak, Une aventure de Spirou et Fantasio par Émile Bravo: Journal d'un ingéniu, La femme léopard and Paris-sous-Seine.
“Draw me a nice car, Uncle Jidéhem!”
“Sure! A Fiat 509, son!”
Cover illustration by Fred Neidhart in this week’s Spirou #4129, which contains a tribute to the late Jean de Mesmaeker - aka Jidéhem - long-time collaborator with Franquin and author of the strips Sophie and Starter.
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
The Spirou and Fantasio story from Le Journal de Spirou 4000. Obviously I stole the English title from spiroureporter and the exclaimation ‘Stroll on’ from commetulevois (continuity is important! - oh wait).
Apparently, in this alternate universe where everything is different, Fantasio is straight. I think this says something about the canon universe.
In this story, the chaos theory ('butterfly theory’), the multiverse theory and quantum mechanics, which have little to do with eachother, are linked. The multiverse theory is depicted here as parallel universes that exist at the same time, but they could also be branched.
Those little figures in the margins are Spouri and Fantaziz. They appear in Le Journal the Spirou sometimes, not just in the special. I forgot how the pear-Spirou and the pickle-Fantasio are called.
Not sure if Fantasio is being helpful or sadistic…