See a piece of Spirou fanart getting drawn in this video from Instagram:
In March, Spirou Reporter reposted some samples from an abandoned attempt to make a version of Spirou as an American-style superhero comic, written by Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) and illustrated by a variety of different artists. One of those artists was José María Beroy (Versus, Deadman), who worked with Toussaint on À l’ombre du convoi and did the Fantasio design in the first batch. Beroy responded by posting more samples to his own blog, including more character designs (check out his version of Itoh Kata!) as well as four unlettered comic pages.
This version of the character looks a little like Jijé’s masthead portrait, don’t you think?
The collection of short Spirou stories by Yoann & Vehlmann will be coming out as Spirou & Fantasio Hors-Série #5: Les Folles aventures de Spirou (“The Crazy Adventures of Spirou”) on 6. October.
The upcoming Spirou one-shot by Hanco Kolk, previously known as Het IJzeren Gordijn (“The Iron Curtain”), has a new title: Tulpen uit Istanboel (“Tulips from Istanbul”). It also has a release date, 25. October, and will also be released in a deluxe edition. For now, though, the album is only being released in Dutch, not French.
Due to personal circumstances, Spirou Reporter has been off for a while. It’s probably still going to be a little while before scanlations resume, but I’ll try to catch up on the various news over the coming weeks. For now, let’s at least return to our other regular feature: Fanart Friday. Achim Reinecke has sent over another great gallery of Spirou commissions, and we’re starting with this:
Simon Van Liemt is a French artist who draws Les Nouvelles Enquêtes de Ric Hochet (“Ric Hochet’s New Cases”), a reboot of a classic suspense comic by Tibet. It is written by Zidrou, who also wrote Frank Pé’s Spirou one-shot, La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”).
Apparently this piece of fanart was drawn in 1987, but only recently uploaded to DeviantArt.
Today sees the simultaneous announcement and launch of a new Spirou album (Edit: actually, since today is only 29. May, the official launch isn’t for another couple of days) … Sorry, that should be Robbedoes, as for the first time a Spirou adventure is published originally in Dutch. Robbedoes Special #1: Happy Family is a 48-page album written by Marc Legendre and drawn by Charel Cambré (both Flemish, and known for their version of Suske & Wiske, Amoras, known in French as Amphoria).
Right now there’s another Spirou exhibition going on at the Matadero Madrid art center in Madrid, Spain. Co-organized by Spirou publisher Dibbuks and called simply Spirou en Madrid, it presents some of the works that were previously exhibited in the different “… y se escribe Spirou” art shows in various places across Spain back in 2015. One of them is this piece by David Garrido, originally from the exhibition in Cádiz. You can see photos of the Madrid exhibition here.