The Belgian justice, which examined this Monday the conflict between Dupuis and the daughter of Franquin, decided to suspend until 2023 the prepublication of the new gags.
The new album by Gaston Lagaffewhich Dupuis was supposed to publish in October, will not appear this year.
The Belgian justice, which examined this Monday the conflict which opposes the publishing house to Isabelle Franquin, the beneficiary of the famous designer, decided to suspend until 2023 the prepublication of the new gags imagined by the Quebecer Delaf, known for humorous comics The navels.
The Franco-Belgian publisher has also chosen to postpone the publication of this new album, the circulation of which is expected to be 1.2 million copies.
“Editions Dupuis spontaneously took this decision in order to allow a serene and objective debate, and to preserve the quality of relations with Ms. Franquin while awaiting the judicial decision on the merits which will take place in September 2022”, specifies in a press release. editor, who hopes to “demonstrate [son] good right”:
“Editions Dupuis are certain that the next few weeks will make it possible to demonstrate their right, and to find a solution which allows Franquin’s work to continue to live to perpetuate the legacy of this comic strip genius.”
A pre-published gag in “Spirou”
The Return of Lagaffe is Gaston’s first album without Franquin. Isabelle Franquin, daughter of the Belgian cartoonist who died in 1997, had seized Belgian justice to ban “any promotion and pre-publication” of Gaston’s new adventures.
A gag from the new album was pre-published in early April before the trial in the magazine Spirouwhich dedicated its cover to the return of the famous blunderer.
As reported by the Belgian daily The EchoClaude Katz, Isabelle Franquin’s lawyer, “said he hoped the comic strip would never be published, in keeping with the spirit of André Franquin”.