Jul 302013
 

Journal de Spirou #3929 cover (ill. Olivier Schwartz; (c) Dupuis)

As hinted in a previous update, this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou is a Smurf special, timed to coincide with the publication of Les Schtroumpfs: L’Intégrale Tome 1 (1958–1966) collecting the first Smurf stories. Much like with the Spirou anniversary issue earlier in the year, that means every comic in the magazine has to feature the Smurfs, and again that leads to them being drawn into unrelated series. Continue reading »

Jul 292013
 

For the 75th anniversary issue, the Journal de Spirou invited 16 comic artists to each create a strip on the same subject: The Count of Champignac having invented something called X75. Over the next few weeks, while Spirou Reporter is on holiday, we’ll be running one of these a day (Mon-Thu) so the site isn’t completely dead. First up, Darasse (who draws Tamara in the magazine):

X75-01 (ill. Darasse; (c) Dupuis; SR scanlation)

Jul 272013
 

From 'La homard' (ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis)

Spirou Reporter is going on holiday, but that doesn’t mean the site will be without updates. A whole bunch of posts have already been written and are scheduled to be posted automatically over the next few weeks. That includes the regular Fanart Friday and Scanlation Sunday updates, as well as a special summer serial starting on Monday. So check back!

However, it won’t be possible for new visitors to leave comments (because first-time commenters have to be approved), and there’s a chance the Facebook notifications may be a bit glitchy. Shouldn’t be a big deal, and anything that goes wrong can be sorted out once we’re back in person. Still, if you do think you might want to leave a comment, it might be a good idea to get approved within the next few hours.

Meanwhile, have a great summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere), and we’ll catch up with you and with ongoing Spirou news in a few weeks!

Jul 262013
 

At the Angoulême Spirou Expo, they have a “draw your own Spirou” activity, and some of the entries have been posted to Spirou.com. I was particularly impressed by this one, by Clément S., age 8 (really?!).

Spirou and Spip (ill. Clément S., age 8; picture via Spirou.com)

Spirou and Spip, by Clément S.

That’s a pretty sophisticated grasp of cartoon sketching for an eight-year old! You should go check out the gallery for more examples (many of the artists are older than 8).

Jul 252013
 

The Journal de Spirou is having a summer contest, running over nine issues with a series of strips from different comics, each with a clue to a celebrity or famous person. Last week saw Yoann & Vehlmann’s Spirou contribution:

From Le Journal de Spirou #3927 (ill. Yoann &  Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis; SR scanlation)

In case you want to play along, I won’t spoil it. 🙂

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