Oct 112013
 

With the second Tome & Janry intégrale having recently been published, it felt like a good occasion for this piece of fanart by Ian Dairin:

snouffelaire

‘Une petite récréation’ (“A Small Recreation”; 2008), from Ian Dairin’s blog

The snouffelaire appears in L’horloger de la comète (Spirou #36, “The Comet’s Watchmaker”) and Le réveil du Z (Spirou #37, “The Awakening of the Z”). It’s often been suggested that it was Tome & Janry’s attempt to create a substitute for the Marsupilami that they couldn’t use.

Sep 262013
 

Raoul Cauvin (photo via amndvden.overblog.com)

Today, 26. September, Raoul Cauvin turns 75. Perhaps most famous as the writer of Les tuniques bleues (The Bluecoats), a comic set during the American Civil War that mixes meticulously researched history and comedy (and is available in English from Cinebook), he also wrote three Spirou albums in the early 80s, illustrated by Nic Broca.

Journal de Spirou #3937 cover (ill. JDS, Delaf, Dodier))Lambiek calls Cauvin “the leading scenarist in humorous comics for a large audience,” and even though he’s well past the age many others retire, he remains one of the most active writers in French-Belgian comics, scripting a whole host of series that can be found in the Journal de Spirou almost every week (Les Psy, Les femmes en blanc, Cédric, Pierre Tombal, Agent 212, etc.) In recognition of his long career and his contribution, the magazine has devoted this week’s issue to him, even changing its masthead for the occasion (see left).

This being Spirou Reporter, it must be said that Nic & Cauvin’s run on the series is not generally well regarded, neither for the scripts nor the art, and the team was quickly replaced by Tome & Janry. Cauvin has said he only took the job out of loyalty to Charles Dupuis, and because he was asked to help out during a difficult transition. So in recognition of Cauvin, here’s one of Journal de Spirou’s many cartoon greetings from other comic book artists, in this case by Alain Dodier (Jerôme K. Jerôme Bloche):

Greeting for Cauvin's 75th birthday, from JDS #3739 (ill. Dodier)

Sep 012013
 

Just a short little scanlation this week, a 2007 half-page by the father-son team Jean and Simon Léturgie: Qui vivra verra (literally “who lives will see,” more idiomatically, “time will tell”).

'Who lives will see' (ill. Léturgie, Léturgie; (c) Dupuis)Often mentioned as possible Spirou creators (rumors of a one-shot, or that they would take over the series after Morvan & Munuera, were floating around a few years ago… just about when they made this gag, in fact), the Léturgies have so far been consigned to the “tomb of rejects.” On the other hand, they now have the Gaston-spinoff Gastoon with Yann, so maybe that puts them in an annex to the “hall of successors”?

Spirou ami, partout, toujours!” (“Spirou: friend, wherever, forever!”) was originally the motto of the fan club AdS (Amis de Spirou, Friends of Spirou), and has been associated with the comic for many decades.