Pascal Jousselin (Imbattable), who wrote the choose-your-own-adventure-style Spirou story Fantasio a disparu! (“Fantasio Has Vanished!“), posted the pencils for a panel from an upcoming Spirou story to Facebook last week. It’s for a special issue of the Journal, so just a short story, not a full-length album or anything.
This week, instead of fanart, here’s a Spirou picture done by Yoann in a rather unusual style. It relates to the short story in this week’s issue of the Journal, Supergroom (“Super Bellhop”), which involves Spirou becoming a superhero.
Finally an update! A new one-shot by Hanco Kolk, an anthology album and more on the Yoann & Vehlmann short-story album, drawbacks to a Swedish collected edition volume, the next Spirou album in English, and more… (UPDATE: And the Marsupilami rages in Norway, too!)
Journal de Spirou #4078 (8. June, 2016) is actually the four thousandth issue of the Journal (because when the magazine adopted continuing numbering instead of within-year numbering after the war, they simply counted the number of weeks since the first issue, even if no magazine had come out that week). For this occasion, the magazine features a selection of “scoops” from the history of the magazine, as told and illustrated by Fred Neidhardt. This includes a crossover between Spirou and Tintin!
From Achim Reinecke’s impressive collection of Spirou-themed convention sketches (dédicaces), here’s one by Turf, featuring in Spirou getup, if I’m not quite mistaken, Amandine from his series Magasin Sexuel (“Sex Shop”). Not apparently as explicit as what the title might give the impression of, Magasin Sexuel is described as a pleasant social satire of a quiet little village that gets shook up when a young girl, Amandine, arrives and decides to turn the old Rubber & Leather store, which had been selling boots and raincoats, into something a little more piquant…
The most relevant detail about the comic, however, is that in a clear bit of homage, the town’s mayor, one Raymond Orloff, is a dead ringer for the mayor of Champignac!