Dec 282014

I thought to round off 2014 with one final scanlation in honor of the Jijé centennial.

The “Friends of Spirou” (Amis de Spirou, AdS) was the Spirou fan club, which was founded by the magazine in 1938 and became quite active as a sort of boyscout-style organization. Members received a membership card with the “Code of Honor” and a key to decode “secret messages” in the magazine. The code of honor was written by Jean Doisy, editor of the Journal de Spirou. In 1941, he asked Jijé to make a series of comic strips illustrating each point in the code, which ran in the Moustique magazine and were printed as a poster, presumably to hang in AdS club houses!

In order to properly absorb and reflect on each point, let’s have them one at a time. Here’s the first:

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor" 1 ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 1; ill. Jijé & Jean Doisy; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation) Continue reading »

Dec 212014

"Green Christmas in Champignac" ('Un Noël sans neige à Champignac'; ill. Simon Léturgie & Jean Léturgie; (c) the artists; SR scanlation)

With the very kind permission of Simon Léturgie, Spirou Reporter‘s Christmas scanlation is Un Noël sans neige à Champignac (“Green Christmas in Champignac”) from 2007. This story by him and Jean Léturgie was never officially published, appearing directly on his blog (though it’s no longer available there). Continue reading »

Dec 172014

Before you’ve even had a chance to get the super-special edition of the latest Spirou adventure, it’s time to get excited about the next next Spirou album… but sad about one character that will houba hop away again, and a one-shot that won’t be seen at all… Edit: And art for a new Spirou story with the Turbotraction! Continue reading »

Dec 102014

Journal de Spirou #4000 front cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Today the 4000th issue of the Journal de Spirou is for sale. Quite an anniversary! It must be said that the official numbering is a slight exaggeration, since it’s based on counting back the weeks to the first issue on 21. April 1938, ignoring that the magazine didn’t actually come out for part of WWII. But let’s not be like those people who insisted the millennium wasn’t New Year’s Eve 1999. This is the anniversary that’s being celebrated!

If Spirou looks a bit stressed on the cover, well, there’s a reason for that… Continue reading »

Dec 092014
Spirou Reporter logo

Last night this site saw a big spike in its usually modest number of visitors, for no immediately obvious reason. That reason became clear today, when I discovered that the artist Simon Léturgie had posted about Spirou Reporter on Facebook.

Unfortunately, his was not a happy post. Seeing one of his comics at the top of the page, and under the impression that this was an official site set up by Éditions Dupuis (or its owners, Média Participations), Léturgie complained in the strongest terms about the company’s unauthorized and unpaid reuse of his work.

Let me at once offer my sincerest apologies to Léturgie and clarify that Spirou Reporter is a fan site that is in no way affiliated with Dupuis, or with any other company.

(Résumé en français: Je dois préciser que Spirou Reporter est un site de fan non officiel, sans aucun affiliation des Éditions Dupuis. Je vous prie de m’excuser pour tout l’indignation, malentendu ou violation du droit d’auteur. Mes excuses surtout à Simon Léturgie. Désolé!) Continue reading »