Frank Pé’s one-shot La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) has just come out, so it seemed like the right time to feature his first real Spirou comic, this somewhat enigmatic two-pager from 2013. It has quite a bit in common with his album…
Steve Baker’s main contribution to the Journal de Spirou is the series La Vie en slip (“Life Is Briefs”), a gag comic about three friends, influenced by Calvin & Hobbes.
This episode is by Christophe Bataillon, a French artist who’s worked for a number of comics magazines. In the Journal de Spirou, he usually does gag cartoons and quiz illustrations.
Berth mainly draws gag cartoons for the editorial pages, in particular under the title Le XXIe siècle est parmi nous (“The 21st Century Is Upon Us”).
Every summer the Journal de Spirou runs a reader contest, with strips of different comics that each offer a clue on some particular theme. This year each strip includes a coded reference to some other comic from the magazine. Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry, colors by Laurence Croix, is in the special summer issue, #4082–4083, currently out. Shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out… (Check out previous years’ entries here, here and here.)
By the way, shades also of Fournier’s X75 strip…
The “Friends of Spirou” Code of Honor only has nine commandments. But the comic strips Jijé made from them were not just a means to communicate the Code; they also served a secondary purpose. They were printed in Dupuis’ other magazines – Le Moustique and Les Bonnes Soirées – to advertise the Journal de Spirou and convince parents of the wholesome values the comic and its fan club stood for. And so as part of this advertising, Jijé also created one more strip (let’s call it the eleventh commandment, to set it off from the “real” Code), to emphasize a point perhaps even more important from the publisher’s point of view: Never miss an issue of Spirou!
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This week the special 100-page summer issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4082–4083) is out, featuring the first installment of La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé & Zidrou. (A sample of the issue, as well as a preview of the following issue, is available on Izneo.) All the pages thus available have already been seen in Frank’s inks, but now we have the final version in beautiful color (by Cerise).
The artist of this week’s strip is Isa (Isabelle Denis), whose other contributions to the Journal include Puddingham Palace and Les Ménagères (“The Cleaning Ladies”).
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.