Sep 272015

The discussions around the “… y se escribe Spirou” (“… and it’s spelled Spirou”) exhibitions in Spain reminded me of this Émile Bravo one-pager from La Galerie des illustres (originally published in Journal de Spirou #3685 in 2008, and translated by houbanaut):

'La galerie des illustres' from JdS #3685 (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) the artist; scanlation by houbanaut; image from

The numerous bits Ibáñez plagiarized from Franquin are documented here (in French).

Sep 222015

y se escribe spirou - mallorca b

If you follow the Spirou Oficial Facebook community, you’ll have seen a bunch of updates about various Spirou-related expos and exhibitions held in Spain over the next few weeks, all of them sponsored or (co-)organized by Dibbuks, the Spanish Spirou publisher. Here’s a summary, whether or note you’re able to take a trip to Iberia… Continue reading »

Sep 212015

Yoann Empirix interview, from Raptus 2015

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From the Raptus Festival in Norway, Yoann interviewed by Empirix. He reveals that the next album is expected in March 2016, unless he gets delayed. Also cool to hear his pronunciations of the French names.

Edit: This might also be a good opportunity to mention that according to one source (who heard it from Yoann at a signing), the next adventure will be 54 pages long, up from the standard 46 that recent albums in the main series have been allowed. This should be good news, since in the opinion of many fans, several of the albums have suffered from trying to squeeze too much into too few pages. For example, Morvan & Munuera lobbied hard for a couple of extra pages in Paris-sous-Seine (Spirou & Fantasio #47, “Paris-Under-Seine”), but Dupuis remained inflexible.

(Thanks to Walter Wehus for the tip.)

Sep 212015
'La Femme-léopard' wall mural (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; photo from

‘La Femme-léopard’ mural

Last Thursday was the official unveiling of a new comics mural in Brussels, featuring art from the Spirou one-shot La Femme-léopard by Schwartz & Yann. As previously reported, it is located in the Ixelles neighborhood (the address indicated has changed from Rue de la Croix 9 to Chausseé d’Ixelles 227A, but that’s right next door). It also turns out that the image printed in the Journal was flipped horizontally, so the actual mural indeed has the hotel sign the right way around.

(From and the Spirou Facebook page.)

Sep 202015

As the year turns towards its last quarter, updates on the English, Scandinavian and German publication front, and some delays in the francophonie Continue reading »