Spirou Reporter

I grew up reading Spirou in Scandinavian translations. Now I'm learning French and trying to decode the originals.

Sep 172017
 

While waiting for a time when Spirou Reporter is able to resume scanlations, here’s another untexted Spirou page. This is one from the “Tomb of Rejects“, by French artist Richard Di Martino (Pif, Cléo), who posted it to his blog in 2009. It’s a test page from a few years earlier, when he was applying to succeed Morvan & Munuera on the series. He never heard back from the publisher, and the job of course went to Yoann & Vehlmann.

Spirou test page (ill. Richard Di Martino; Copyright (c) 2009 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from zeveryrichblog.blogspot.com)

Sep 102017
 

Spirou Comics tryout sample, Spirou vs. gangsters (ill. José María Beroy & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) 2017 by the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from beroyweb.blogspot.com)

In March, Spirou Reporter reposted some samples from an abandoned attempt to make a version of Spirou as an American-style superhero comic, written by Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) and illustrated by a variety of different artists. One of those artists was José María Beroy (Versus, Deadman), who worked with Toussaint on À l’ombre du convoi and did the Fantasio design in the first batch. Beroy responded by posting more samples to his own blog, including more character designs (check out his version of Itoh Kata!) as well as four unlettered comic pages. Continue reading »

Sep 052017
 

Festival Spirou 2017 poster (ill. Franquin etc.; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

This weekend was the 8th annual Brussels Comic Strip Festival, which was also the 4th Festival Spirou (with Gaston as the featured character this time around, in honor of his sixtieth anniversary). Among other events, the Festival included a special pre-release screening of Le Petit Spirou the movie (which opens in cinemas 27. September).

Another addition this year was a set of prizes for comics creators, the Prix Atomium, which this year were handed out by former Spirou & Fantasio writer Jean-David Morvan. Sponsored by various organizations, each prize is awarded based on different criteria and comes with a monetary award ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 EUR. The Prix Atomium Spirou (15,000 EUR and publication in the magazine) is sponsored by the Journal and is awarded to a humoristic 44-page adventure in the tradition of the magazine’s classic series. It was won by Pebble’s Adventures by Nols.

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates including Zidrou and Frank Pé, with host Morvan (photo from dupuis.com)

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates. Zidrou second from left, Frank Pé fifth from left. Host Jean-David Morvan third from left.

Meanwhile, the Prix Atomium de Bruxelles (7,500 EUR) is sponsored by the Minister-President of the Brussels region to recognize a comic that showcases Brussels. It was won by the Spirou one-shot La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé and Zidrou, which features the city extensively (the Atomium itself plays an important role in the story). The jury’s decision was unanimous.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Sep 042017
 

'Robbedoes door... Tulpen uit Istanboel' NL cover ("Spirou by... Tulips from Istanbul"; ill. Hanco Kolk; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from dupuis.com)

The upcoming Spirou one-shot by Hanco Kolk, previously known as Het IJzeren Gordijn (“The Iron Curtain”), has a new title: Tulpen uit Istanboel (“Tulips from Istanbul”). It also has a release date, 25. October, and will also be released in a deluxe edition. For now, though, the album is only being released in Dutch, not French. Continue reading »

Sep 032017
 

On 15. August, Marc Hardy celebrated his sixty-fifth birthday by posting 65 samples of his work to Facebook. According to Stripspeciaalzaak, that included this page, although it no longer seems to be available from Facebook:

Page from or study for 'Soumaya' (ill. Marc Hardy & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2017 by Dupuis and the artists; image from stripspeciaalzaak.be)

Clearly a page from (or possibly a study for) his long-in-development one-shout Soumaya, written by Zidrou, it appears to show some kind of dream sequence, with Hardy’s more realistic character style on display. The album is expected in 2018.