Oct 122014
 

'The Exemplary Life of Jijé' (ill. Chaland, Clerc, Sire; (c) Humanoïdes Associés and the artists; SR scanlation)

This year is the one-hundredth anniversary of Jijé, one of the most influential artists in the early years of the Journal de Spirou, creator of numerous classic comics, mentor to Franquin, and the first artist to take over Spirou after its creator, Rob-Vel (not counting assistants and fill-ins). So here’s a short comic about his life, created in 1980 by Yves Chaland, assisted by Serge Clerc and Denis Sire. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 
Sketch excerpt from the sequel to 'Journal d'un ingénu' (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) Dupuis and the artist; photo by Librairie La Parenthèse, from emile-bravo.blogspot.com)

From the sequel to ‘Journal d’un ingénu’ by Émile Bravo. Image from the unofficial Émile Bravo blog.

Following yesterday’s page from the upcoming Frank Pé and Zidrou one-shot, here’s the first look at Émile Bravo’s sequel to Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”): one page in pencil sketch version. This page seems to take place on 10. May, 1940, the start of the German invasion of Belgium during WWII. The page constitutes Bravo’s contribution to a special publication in support of La Parenthèse bookstore in Nancy, which can be ordered here. (News via grelots on the Spirou.com forum.)

Oct 062014
 

Page from 'Le Okapi blanc' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via stripspeciaalzaak.be)

Updated: Originally posted on Stripspeciaalzaak and then reposted in many other places, a page said to be from the upcoming one-shot by Frank Pé and Zidrou, previously known as L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), but now listed under a new Dutch title, Het Licht van Borneo (“The Light from Borneo”). This page is apparently on exhibition at the CBBD in Brussels. From what we see here, Champignac and an acquaintance have discovered a nonexistent mushroom, and Spirou wants to take up painting as a hobby. Notice that Spirou’s part of the story takes place in Brussels (you can see the edge of Frank’s famous mural).

Stripspeciaalzaak also report that Frank has finished 20 pages out of a projected 78, and that the one-shot is expected in 2016. (Let me also add that none of the first few places I saw this reposted even mentioned Stripspeciaalzaak or the CBBD, which is just poor form. Since they also omitted much of the other information, they’re also depriving their readers of the chance to find out more.)

Oct 032014
 

Just a few things to report, so let’s make this super quick: A German Gesamtausgabe, Spirou for Spanish-speakers, K.O. for V.O., and Spirou takes cover in Sniper Alley… (Updated) Continue reading »