I always thought the French title of this album, Vito la déveine (“Vito the Unlucky”) was rather boring. In Norwegian it’s called På dypt vann (“In Deep Water”), and in Swedish Skumt spel i Söderhavet (“Shady Business in the South Pacific”).
So what would be a better title than Tough Luck Vito? (My suggestion: Spirou & Fantasio Sleep with the Fishes.)
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.
Could you compile a list of a list of French comics you grew up with and loved? :) Or current favorites? I want to widen my artistic pool and enjoy some french work while putting my french skills to the test, haha!
<3 Of course!
Ok, so for the sake of this list, I’m gonna lump Belgian and French authors together (what we call franco-belge). I’m also gonna throw in a few european authors that publish in french. Hope that’s fine with you :)
Also DISCLAIMER: If you want to buy french comics, IZNEO is a great online reading platform, like a french Comixology. Worth checking out.