Apr 282016
 

Photo of René Hausman (photo by EdA; image from lavenir.net)

It’s being reported that René Hausman has died this morning, at the age of 80. Hausman, the “Bard of the Ardennes”, was a long-time contributor to the Journal de Spirou, particularly known for his drawings and watercolors of nature, animals, gnomes and other fable-creatures. Last year, he did the cover for the “Where is Spip?” special issue (#4010):

Journal de Spirou #4010 cover (ill. René Hausman; Copyright (c) 2015 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Apr 012016
 

'Spirou Pirates' ex libris (ill. Mikäelof & Sergueï, after Franquin; Copyright (c) 1990 by the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis)

Spirou Pirates is a bootleg Spirou adventure, an unapproved fan comic by “Sergueï & Mikäelof” (pseudonyms), printed in a few different limited editions in 1999. Some of those editions include ex libris prints (prints on loose cards inserted into the book), and this looks to be one of them.

The comic itself was mostly copied from panels by Franquin (as well as various other artists), edited in various ways to tell a new story. It used to be available online at http://spirates.ifrance.com/, but the server has been down now for years. However, you can find it here, and there’s also an English scanlation on a certain site that offers that kind of thing.