After a recent update of WordPress (the underlying blog engine), it seems like the site is having some new and exciting problems. Working on fixing them…
Stéphane De Becker, also known as Stuf, died of a heart attack the night before last. He was 56. De Becker was a friend and frequent collaborator of Tome & Janry, and worked as the colorists on all their albums from Le réveil du Z (Spirou & Fantasio #37, “The Awakening of the Z”) on. He also drew the series Passe-moi l’ciel (“Pass Me the Heaven”), written by Janry.
Today it has been two years since Spirou Reporter launched. Many thanks to all regular readers and occasional visitors! While the blog is on something of a hiatus right now (for a number of different reasons, including work and other commitments, seasonal allergies, and certain technical difficulties), we’ll hopefully resume our regular schedule towards the end of the month.
(The illustration doesn’t have anything directly to do with the announcement: it’s from an advertisement for an event earlier this month when lots of comics were on sale for just 1 EUR, to benefit schools and libraries. I just thought it was a nice picture to liven up this post!)
In the face of an atrocity like today’s terrorist attack against the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a blog such as this has little to say. Only that our thoughts and sympathy are with the victims, both dead and injured, and with their families.
Among the cartoonists and comic artists killed was Cabu (Jean Cabut). To honor him and all the other victims, here is a page he made for the Journal de Spirou‘s Galerie des illustres (#3930).
Along with this cartoon there was an interview.
Last night this site saw a big spike in its usually modest number of visitors, for no immediately obvious reason. That reason became clear today, when I discovered that the artist Simon Léturgie had posted about Spirou Reporter on Facebook.
Unfortunately, his was not a happy post. Seeing one of his comics at the top of the page, and under the impression that this was an official site set up by Éditions Dupuis (or its owners, Média Participations), Léturgie complained in the strongest terms about the company’s unauthorized and unpaid reuse of his work.
Let me at once offer my sincerest apologies to Léturgie and clarify that Spirou Reporter is a fan site that is in no way affiliated with Dupuis, or with any other company.
(Résumé en français: Je dois préciser que Spirou Reporter est un site de fan non officiel, sans aucun affiliation des Éditions Dupuis. Je vous prie de m’excuser pour tout l’indignation, malentendu ou violation du droit d’auteur. Mes excuses surtout à Simon Léturgie. Désolé!)
Yes, there’s been a lack of Spirou Reporter updates recently, and if you come here every weekend looking for your scanlation fix you will have been disappointed several weeks in a row. Sorry about that. It’s a combination of being busy with other commitments, feeling a bit burned out with the update grind, and then problems with both scanner and computer on top of that. But we’re back, baby! (At least for now.) There will be a scanlation later today, and we’ll try to get you caught up on Spirou news over the coming week. There’s been a lot of it! So stick around!
You may know Sasa Tseng from her Spirou fan art on tumblr, from her one-page comic featured in the Journal #3979, or from previous Spirou Reporter posts. So who better to ask for some graphics for the site? Sasa has provided three illustrations, which will be used on various pages. A bit of adaptation of both the images and the site layout is required, so it might take a while before they’re incorporated, but here you have the original versions.
If you’re a regular visitor to the site, you’ve probably noticed a general lack of updates, and particularly comic scanlations, over the last few weeks. A number of things have been getting in the way of Spirou Reporter duties, but most recently the main thing has been a spring hay fever, with various complications. Editing scans or tweaking translations – or really anything that takes too much effort – isn’t very tempting when your eyes are constantly itching and you sneeze every minute.
Hopefully the worst of the pollen irritants will be gone soon, and we can get back to our regularly scheduled program. Meanwhile I must apologize for missing another Scanlation Sunday.
Strange thing about it: sometimes a task takes much longer than expected. The scanlation that was meant to be up here by now doesn’t seem like it would be more difficult than any other, but somehow every step is just taking much more time than usual. Originally scheduled for last weekend, it’s still not quite ready, and I don’t have a backup lined up. I’m hopeful that it will be done in the next day or two, but meanwhile I must ask for your patience.