Jul 172016
 

Summer contest strip, from 'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

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

Jul 102016
 

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor 11th Commandment", ad for Spirou subscription from 'Les Bonnes Soirées' ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 11; ill. Jijé; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

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!

No less relevant today, you can heed this important message by subscribing here, no matter where you are in the world. Continue reading »

Jul 072016
 
'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 wraparound cover, 'La Lumière de Bornéo' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists)

Journal de Spirou #4082–4083 wraparound cover, by Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016)

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). Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Pencil for story in a Journal de Spirou special issue (ill. Pascal Jousselin; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; photo by Jousselin; image from facebook.com)

Sketch for an upcoming Spirou story, by Pascal Jousselin (2016)

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.