Tomorrow, 7. January, sees the release of the first issue of the magazine Groom (“Bellhop”). Since the initial reports, a lot more information has come to light about this new “cousin” of the Journal de Spirou, including an 8-page sample of the magazine, included as a supplement in this week’s issue of the Journal.
Most of the early speculation turned out to be accurate. Groom is a twice-annual magazine of 96 pages, produced by the team behind the Journal (led by editor-in-chief Damien Perez) and featuring original comics by the magazine’s regular contributors, such as Munuera, Neidhardt, Feroumont, Tome & Dan, Sti, and Libon as well as other creators, including Runberg, Dutreix, Lupano, Erre and Cruchaudet. It’s branded as a special issue of “Méga Spirou” (usually a “best-of” collection of the magazine put out for various holidays) and available wherever the Journal de Spirou is sold (including online, with free shipping for Journal subscribers).
The contributors will have a chance to stretch themselves and explore new subjects. The magazine is intended to have a focus on current events, as a way to inform young and old readers and help them understand what’s going on in the world, and much of the content is openly political or satirical. As part of the educational mission of the magazine, the website offers teaching guides for use in the classroom, focusing on the refugee crisis.
But perhaps the best way to introduce the magazine is with this Spirou “editorial” by Yoann & Vehlmann:
The Groom website offers more information, and access to an excerpt from the first issue.