Jan 102015

Journal de Spirou 'Je suis Charlie' HS (Special Journal de Spirou issue for Charlie Hebdo; ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

The Journal de Spirou will put out a special issue in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Editor Frédéric Niffle writes:

Spirou will publish a special issue, to come out already next week, in order to pay tribute to the 12 people killed — among them a number of creators of Charlie Hebdo (Cabu, Charb, Tignous, Wolinski) — and to express why freedom of expression is so important in the civilized world. To say that we do not accept this vision of a totalitarian society.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. — Evelyne Beatrice Hall in 1906, describing Voltaire’s philosophy.

We are therefore asking you for contributions to this special issue.

Your illustrations, your texts, and your pages need to reach us no later than Saturday 10. January (17:00).

A big thank you in advance for your support.

Always remember that Spirou is a magazine that stands for tolerance, under its motto: “Spirou: friend, wherever, forever!”

— Journal de Spirou editors

Since this is not a regular Spirou issue, it will not be sent to subscribers, but only available for direct purchase where magazines are sold. The money will reportedly go to the families of the victims.

While the deadline has already passed, we might expect to see a number of Spirou-related tributes over the coming days. To keep this blog from becoming too morbid, they’ll be added to this post.

Updated 17/01/2015: The magazine can now be ordered online here. Dupuis have also put up a gallery of submissions that weren’t included in the issue here (the Spirou-themed ones are also included below).

'J'essuie Charlie' ("I'm wiping up Charlie"; ill. Yoann; (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from facebook.com)

Yoann: “I’m wiping up Charlie”

Gaston is Charlie; image from facebook.com

'Exprimons-nous! Merde à la peur!' (ill. Tome & Janry; image from Facebook)

Tome & Janry: “Let’s express ourselves! To hell with fear!”



'La libertad guiando al pueblo' (ill. Idígoras & Pachi; image from facebook.com)

Idígoras & Pachi: “Liberty leading the people” (after Delacroix)

Marsupilami contra terrorism (ill. Meynet; (c) the artist; Marsupilami (c) Marsu Productions; image from konbini.com)



  11 Responses to “Spirou for Charlie”


    To you who might have missed the pun.

    “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”, or alternatively “I follow Charlie”) is pronounced nearly the same as “J’essuie Charlie”.


    The cartoon “Touche pas à mon crayon” references the French NGO SOS Racisme’s successful “Touche pas à mon pote” (Hands off my buddy) campaign from the 80’s.

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