Apr 282016
 

Photo of René Hausman (photo by EdA; image from lavenir.net)

It’s being reported that René Hausman has died this morning, at the age of 80. Hausman, the “Bard of the Ardennes”, was a long-time contributor to the Journal de Spirou, particularly known for his drawings and watercolors of nature, animals, gnomes and other fable-creatures. Last year, he did the cover for the “Where is Spip?” special issue (#4010):

Journal de Spirou #4010 cover (ill. René Hausman; Copyright (c) 2015 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Apr 012016
 

'Spirou Pirates' ex libris (ill. Mikäelof & Sergueï, after Franquin; Copyright (c) 1990 by the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis)

Spirou Pirates is a bootleg Spirou adventure, an unapproved fan comic by “Sergueï & Mikäelof” (pseudonyms), printed in a few different limited editions in 1999. Some of those editions include ex libris prints (prints on loose cards inserted into the book), and this looks to be one of them.

The comic itself was mostly copied from panels by Franquin (as well as various other artists), edited in various ways to tell a new story. It used to be available online at http://spirates.ifrance.com/, but the server has been down now for years. However, you can find it here, and there’s also an English scanlation on a certain site that offers that kind of thing.

Mar 312016
 

A short Spirou story already available online, an upcoming artist’s edition of Fournier’s albums, Zoom continues to offer very different books for Danes and Norwegians, new details on upcoming one-shots, and more! Continue reading »

Mar 272016
 

'Fantasio se marie' cover ("Fantasio Gets Married"; ill. Feroumont; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from twitter.com)

While the news has been somewhat overshadowed, this week Feroumont’s Spirou adventure Fantasio se marie (“Fantasio Gets Married”) started its serialization run in the Journal de Spirou #4068. Oh, and the upcoming album version has a new cover: see above! So let’s have a look at a little teaser… (SPOILERS, of course) Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »