Émile Bravo, of course, is the man behind the one-shot Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”).
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.
Madaule makes the strip Eglantine et Diégo for the magazine.
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):
This little two-pager felt appropriate for the season.
“Le homard” (“The Lobster”) by Franquin is originally from 1957, when mayonnaise in a tube was still a novelty.
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!
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?!).
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).
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:
In case you want to play along, I won’t spoil it. 🙂
On a completely unrelated topic, remember that you can follow Spirou Reporter on Facebook. Never miss an update… plus sometimes there are Facebook-exclusive posts!
On 27. July the Spirou Tour reaches its most southerly point, and the Journal marks the occasion with a cover by Tarrin:
I feel like he’s emphasizing some aspect of the place, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…