Jul 302013
 

Journal de Spirou #3929 cover (ill. Olivier Schwartz; (c) Dupuis)

As hinted in a previous update, this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou is a Smurf special, timed to coincide with the publication of Les Schtroumpfs: L’Intégrale Tome 1 (1958–1966) collecting the first Smurf stories. Much like with the Spirou anniversary issue earlier in the year, that means every comic in the magazine has to feature the Smurfs, and again that leads to them being drawn into unrelated series. Continue reading »

Jul 272013
 

From 'La homard' (ill. Franquin; (c) Dupuis)

Spirou Reporter is going on holiday, but that doesn’t mean the site will be without updates. A whole bunch of posts have already been written and are scheduled to be posted automatically over the next few weeks. That includes the regular Fanart Friday and Scanlation Sunday updates, as well as a special summer serial starting on Monday. So check back!

However, it won’t be possible for new visitors to leave comments (because first-time commenters have to be approved), and there’s a chance the Facebook notifications may be a bit glitchy. Shouldn’t be a big deal, and anything that goes wrong can be sorted out once we’re back in person. Still, if you do think you might want to leave a comment, it might be a good idea to get approved within the next few hours.

Meanwhile, have a great summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere), and we’ll catch up with you and with ongoing Spirou news in a few weeks!

May 242013
 
Roch'fort en Bulles (ill. Bannister)

Poster by Bannister

Poster for a comics festival in Rochefort. This year’s guest of honor is Spirou (whatever that means); other guests include Tarrin, Feroumont and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (La véritable histoire de Spirou).

The Turbotraction car keys are a nice detail! (I assume the telescope is some sort of local reference. The monument in the background is the Porte de l’Arsenal.)

Apr 172013
 

Journal de Spirou 3914 cover (ill. Dupuis, Yoann)

This week (Sunday, to be precise) is Spirou’s 75th “birthday,” and the magazine is celebrating with a double (100-page) anniversary issue almost entirely devoted to the character. We get short stories by nearly every living Spirou creator: Yoann & Vehlmann, Tarrin, Le Gall, Morvan & Munuera, a short strip by Bravo, Parme (with Véronique Dreher), Trondheim (with Hugo Piette), and Yann & Schwartz. Even Fournier contributes a short strip. The only ones missing seem to be Tome & Janry and Nic & Cauvin.

In addition there are tributes and pastiches by a bunch of other comic artists – too many to mention them all, but it might be worth highlighting Frank (Frank Pé), since he is working on a One Shot album with Zidrou. In general, the stories are quite short, parodic and “meta.” With the possible exception of the Yoann & Vehlmann story, they’re all firmly non-canon. Some gags work better than others, but few of them would seem to be “must-reads” for any Spirou fan. Still, it’s good fun, and I’ll post a gallery of some notable bits later on.