Jan 212015

Here’s a first glimpse of a page from the next Spirou adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann:

Pencil-sketch page for Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

Spirou 55 page, by Yoann & Vehlmann. From Thierry Capezzone to La Franco-Belge on Facebook.

Spirou and Fantasio are back in the office, and isn’t that Lebrac the artist (from Gaston)? This looks to me like the page-layout or initial rough pencil sketch, which is later copied more neatly and in larger format for the final pencils.

Dec 102014

Journal de Spirou #4000 front cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Today the 4000th issue of the Journal de Spirou is for sale. Quite an anniversary! It must be said that the official numbering is a slight exaggeration, since it’s based on counting back the weeks to the first issue on 21. April 1938, ignoring that the magazine didn’t actually come out for part of WWII. But let’s not be like those people who insisted the millennium wasn’t New Year’s Eve 1999. This is the anniversary that’s being celebrated!

If Spirou looks a bit stressed on the cover, well, there’s a reason for that… Continue reading »

Dec 042014
Journal de Spirou #3998 cover (ill. Téhem, Makyo & Toldac; (c) Dupuis and the artists)

“Spirou Superstar in The Big Head”

As 2014 draws to an end, it’s hard to keep up with all the Spirou stories coming out! Last week’s issue of the Journal saw the first episode of La Grosse tête (“The Big Head”), the new one-shot by Makyo, Toldac and Téhem. Let’s have a peek… Continue reading »

Nov 252014

Journal de Spirou #3997 (ill. Pascal Jousselin; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

This last week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3997) features a very special Spirou adventure. Fantasio a disparu! (“Fantasio Has Vanished!”) is in the style of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, which branches off in different directions depending on the choices you make. To skip this story, keep scrolling. To read on, click on the link below… Continue reading »

Oct 292014

Spirou 54 cliffhanger, from JDS #3994 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

This week’s Journal de Spirou brings the ending to the latest Spirou & Fantasio adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann, Le Groom de Sniper Alley (Spirou #54, “The Sniper Alley Bellhop”). And that means another cliffhanger/teaser for the album to follow. This one is of particular interest, and has already generated a great deal of discussion and speculation. At the same time, giving away the ending is obviously a MAJOR SPOILER, so consider carefully whether you want to peek! Continue reading »

Oct 072014
Sketch excerpt from the sequel to 'Journal d'un ingénu' (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) Dupuis and the artist; photo by Librairie La Parenthèse, from emile-bravo.blogspot.com)

From the sequel to ‘Journal d’un ingénu’ by Émile Bravo. Image from the unofficial Émile Bravo blog.

Following yesterday’s page from the upcoming Frank Pé and Zidrou one-shot, here’s the first look at Émile Bravo’s sequel to Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”): one page in pencil sketch version. This page seems to take place on 10. May, 1940, the start of the German invasion of Belgium during WWII. The page constitutes Bravo’s contribution to a special publication in support of La Parenthèse bookstore in Nancy, which can be ordered here. (News via grelots on the Spirou.com forum.)

Oct 062014

Page from 'Le Okapi blanc' (ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via stripspeciaalzaak.be)

Updated: Originally posted on Stripspeciaalzaak and then reposted in many other places, a page said to be from the upcoming one-shot by Frank Pé and Zidrou, previously known as L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), but now listed under a new Dutch title, Het Licht van Borneo (“The Light from Borneo”). This page is apparently on exhibition at the CBBD in Brussels. From what we see here, Champignac and an acquaintance have discovered a nonexistent mushroom, and Spirou wants to take up painting as a hobby. Notice that Spirou’s part of the story takes place in Brussels (you can see the edge of Frank’s famous mural).

Stripspeciaalzaak also report that Frank has finished 20 pages out of a projected 78, and that the one-shot is expected in 2016. (Let me also add that none of the first few places I saw this reposted even mentioned Stripspeciaalzaak or the CBBD, which is just poor form. Since they also omitted much of the other information, they’re also depriving their readers of the chance to find out more.)

Sep 042014
Journal de Spirou #3986 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

Cover translated for your reading pleasure.

The first part of the next Spirou adventure (which now goes by the title Le Groom de Sniper Alley, “The Sniper Alley Bellhop”) appears in this week’s issue of the Journal, and next week’s installment is already in the hands of some subscribers. (A number of pages can also be previewed on Izneo, where many of the pictures in this post are from.) So let’s have a sneak peek. (SPOILERS follow!) Continue reading »

Dec 172013

Journal de Spirou #3949 cover (ill. Schwartz; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

As mentioned in seemingly every post for the last several weeks, Le fétiche des Marolles by Schwartz & Yann begins serialization in this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3949). The adventure is set to run in 12 installments, bringing it to conclusion not too long before the album publication in April. Part one presents the first nine pages, three of which have already been seen. (Some spoilers below the cut!) Continue reading »