This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast your hosts take a look at the controversial The Purple Smurf.
The Black Smurfs (English title The Purple Smurfs) is the first album of the original French-language Smurfs comic series created by Belgian artist Peyo, first published in 1963. In a little mushroom village live the Smurfs, diminutive blue-skinned humanoid creatures. One day, one of them gets stung by a purple fly that turns his skin purple, reduces his vocabulary to the single word “gnap!”, and causes him to go berserk. He bounces around and bites other Smurfs on their tail, which turns them into purple Smurfs as well. Soon, almost everyone in the village has become a purple Smurf, and Papa Smurf, the leader, tries to find a cure and cease the tail-biting epidemic.
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Almost 70 years ago in Brussels, a young man named Pierre Culliford applied for a job as a dental assistant only to find that he had missed the interview by 15 minutes. Culliford was forced to take a job as an illustrator instead. Today, his legions of fans can look back on that late appointment as the moment Culliford became the cartoonist known as Peyo, and his little blue woodland creatures called The Smurfs were born.
Who would have thought the first Smurfs movie would have been as huge a success as it was; the movie brought in $563 million worldwide, which prompted Sony to jump on board a Smurfs sequel. But is the world ready for three Smurfs movie?
Sony has announced the sequel to the Smurfs movie will arrive in theaters on August 2, 2013. While the movie didn’t knock it out of the park in the first week of release – $35 million – it has made $131 million world wide, which is more than the estimated production cost of the movie.
So far, the only name attached to the sequel is Jordan Kerner who will return as the movie’s producer.
On May 7th, 2011, NBM/Papercutz is a proud Gold Sponsor for the 9th Annual Free Comic Book Day (http://www.freecomicbookday.com), distributing thousands of copies of our book, Geronimo Stilton/The Smurfs to comic fans across the United States and Canada.
This issue contain a sampling of both Geronimo Stilton, one of the bestselling children’s books characters (Over 12 million chapter books from Scholastic and over 300,000 Papercutz graphic novels sold) plus a full-color Smurfs story! Geronimo Stilton, editor of the Rodent’s Gazette stars in “Dinosaurs in Action,” as he must save his friend Professor von Volt who has been kidnapped by the Pirate Cats and abandoned in the time of the dinosaurs. Plus: The evil Gargamel takes his battle with the Smurfs to the seas – with surprising results – in “The Smurf Submarine”!
This release will also be supported by both author and illustrator appearances at both Barnes and Noble stores in the San Francisco Bay area during the week leading up to Free Comic Book Day and at “Lee’s Comics” and “Atlantis Fantasy World” in the Bay area on that day.
AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! The digging up the Smurfs and putting them on the big screen may sound like a great idea, but after seeing the latest image of the little blue creatures in Central Park creeps the hell out of me.
I was way too young to watch the Smurfs animated series when it originally aired, but I’m familiar enough to know most of the characters in the above image. I’ve never seen Mutton-Chop Smurf before, so hopefully he’s the breakout character from the movie, and not a really bad stereotype.
What am I saying… of course he’s going to be a really bad stereotype.
J. Scott Campbell’s work is appearing with more regularity than it did the last couple of years, and the new images he is cranking out bring the cheesecake and show his love for old and new characters. Today, Campbell shows off his interpretation of Smurfette.