Jun 052017
 
Journal de Spirou #4127 cover, 'Spirou et l'affaire du pingouin' ("Spirou and the Case of the Missing Penguin"; ill. Pascal Jousselin; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Journal de Spirou #4127 cover, with pictures showing Oceane and her missing penguin as well as the six suspects. By Pascal Jousselin (2017)

A few weeks ago, the Journal de Spirou did a special concept issue (#4127) devoted almost entirely to Pascal Jousselin’s Spirou et l’affaire du pingouin, which might be called something like “Spirou and the Case of the Missing Penguin” in English. Let’s have a look! Continue reading »

Jun 012017
 

Robbedoes Special #1 "Happy Family" luxe (ill. Legendre & Cambré; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists)

The first Robbedoes Special album, Happy Family by Legendre & Cambré, came out yesterday. In addition to the standard 48-page, softcover edition, there is also a deluxe hardcover edition with 8 additional pages, with the cover seen above. To take a closer look at this new version of Spirou, here’s a scanlation of the preview sample (the first page translated by BrianL and the rest by Miriam, edited by Spirou Reporter) and an interview with the creators, from BM Mag #15. Continue reading »

May 292017
 

Robbedoes Special #1 "Happy Family" (ill. Legendre & Cambré; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from Ballon Media)

Today sees the simultaneous announcement and launch of a new Spirou album (Edit: actually, since today is only 29. May, the official launch isn’t for another couple of days) … Sorry, that should be Robbedoes, as for the first time a Spirou adventure is published originally in Dutch. Robbedoes Special #1: Happy Family is a 48-page album written by Marc Legendre and drawn by Charel Cambré (both Flemish, and known for their version of Suske & Wiske, Amoras, known in French as Amphoria). Continue reading »

May 262017
 
Spirou in Jerez de la Frontera, fanart for "...y se escribe Spirou" exhibition in Cádiz (ill. David Garrido; Copyright (c) 2015 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis)

Spirou in Jerez de la Frontera, by David Garrido (2015)

Right now there’s another Spirou exhibition going on at the Matadero Madrid art center in Madrid, Spain. Co-organized by Spirou publisher Dibbuks and called simply Spirou en Madrid, it presents some of the works that were previously exhibited in the different “… y se escribe Spirou” art shows in various places across Spain back in 2015. One of them is this piece by David Garrido, originally from the exhibition in Cádiz. You can see photos of the Madrid exhibition here.

May 252017
 

Borneo comes to Norway, a new one-shot by David Etien, the Zorglub-universe expands further, Spain gets a whole bunch of Spirou publications, and more! Continue reading »

May 122017
 

Watch live video from dainedaine on www.twitch.tv

The deadline for the 24-hour Spirou challenge has now passed, with 10 completed entries and another 14 partially finished. One of the ones still working is Andaine (amateur category), who has been live-streaming the progress for the last day, page by hand-painted page. (The livestream just went offline while writing this post, so instead I’ve included a video clip from yesterday. The rest of them are on Twitch.) You can see the uploaded pages here.

Congratulations to all contestants, and looking forward to reading their stories over the next few days!

May 022017
 

Jean De Mesmaeker, aka Jidéhem (Photo Copyright (c) D. Fouss, image from dupuis.com)

Dupuis announced today that Jean De Mesmaeker, better known as Jidéhem, passed away on Sunday, 30. April. He was 81. Spirou Reporter did a profile on Jidéhem for his 80th birthday, discussing his work as Spirou & Fantasio background artist in the later Franquin years, as the artist on the early Gaston strips, and in his own right on series like Sophie, Ginger and Starter. More recently, an article in BdZoom (in French) argued that his importance to Gaston has been underrated, and that he should be honored on an equal basis with Franquin for the 60th anniversary of the series this year.

May 022017
 

Spirou clock and Spip, "24 hours of comics in Angoulême" logo ('les 24 heures de la bande dessinée angoulême'; ill. Trondheim; Copyright (c) 2017 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from http://24hdelabdspecialspirouetfantasio.citebd.org)

On 11. and 12. May (that’s Thursday and Friday next week), Dupuis and la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (“The International City of Comics and Illustration Art”) cultural center in Angoulême will arrange a Spirou comic challenge, where participants from all over the world are invited to create a 24-page Spirou comic (22 pages + front and back covers) in 24 hours. Continue reading »