Spirou is such an iconic character, a minimalist approach is particularly effective.
This week’s Journal de Spirou brings the ending to the latest Spirou & Fantasio adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann, Le Groom de Sniper Alley (Spirou #54, “The Sniper Alley Bellhop”). And that means another cliffhanger/teaser for the album to follow. This one is of particular interest, and has already generated a great deal of discussion and speculation. At the same time, giving away the ending is obviously a MAJOR SPOILER, so consider carefully whether you want to peek!
This week’s strip is bloody enough that I’ve put it under the cut.
Posted a while back on InediSpirou, originally from an exhibition at the Galerie Bruxelles–Paris, these sketches by Philippe Buchet (who has worked with Morvan on Sillage and with him and Munuera on the spin-off Nävis) were not strictly fanart, but rather preparations for a proposed one-shot that never happened. One more page under the fold, follow the links to see more, which seem to show Spirou and Fantasio as (American?) soldiers in WWII. Strange concept, if you ask me…
Sniper Alley complete, a non-linear adventure awaits, The Big Head gets ready, and lots more books to come from CBPY…
As the artist points out, it was officially confirmed this week that Dibbuks will publish Spirou & Fantasio in Spain, reportedly at a rate of four publications per year, starting in February. They’ll apparently start off with the first Tome & Janry intégrale volume.
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.
Updated to use DeviantArt version of the image.