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SPAWN GOES FRENCH IN A BIG WAY
Month-long Spawn Celebration a Huge Success


Several companies - Semic S.A., Album Comics and cable TV channel Canal Jimmy - worked together to create a huge festival fit for a king of the underworld as the French celebrated the 100th issue of Spawn in January.

    Issue 100 was actually No. 57 in the adapted French version of Spawn, published by Semic (www.semic.fr.st). This special issue featured 68 pages, which included the entire U.S. 100th issue, pin-up pages and Sam and Twitch "Witchcraft Part IV." The French edition of Spawn 100 features the Alex Ross cover. Also, a 20-page supplement was printed with all the French Spawn covers and information about famous Spawn artists.

    Canal Jimmy, a cult French cable TV network, hosted a Spawn Night, featuring the HBO animated Spawn series as well as interviews with Todd McFarlane and Ashley Wood. The network sent a film crew to America to get behind-the-scenes footage at the McFarlane offices in Tempe and New Jersey.

    Album Comics, the biggest comic book shop in Paris, exhibited more than 60 original art pages by Todd McFarlane, Alex Ross, Ashley Wood, Angel Medina and Greg Capullo from Jan. 5 to Feb. 10. The Web site comicsworld.fr hosted a Spawn original art virtual gallery.

    The highlight of the event was the arrival of Spawn penciller Angel Medina at the Angouleme con from Jan 25 to Jan. 28. Located in the south of France, the con drew some 210,000 comic book fans over the course of four days. Angel did a signing at Album before zipping off to Angouleme to sign during the convention.

    Our friends at Semic reported that Angel had a fantastic trip, despite suffering a slight cold, and looks forward to heading back.

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