InediSpirou has a scoop on the future of Spirou, from conversations with Yoann at Angoulême…
If you follow comics news, you may have heard about the controversy over the nominations to the Angoulême Festival’s highest honor, the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award: Out of 30 nominees, there were 0 women. In fact, in the whole history of the festival, only one woman, Florence Cestac, has ever won the Grand Prix. (Although Claire Bretécher did win a special 10th anniversary prize. The first ever winner was André Franquin back in 1974, and among other Spirou creators, Jijé and Trondheim have also won it.)
At the Angoulême Spirou Expo, they have a “draw your own Spirou” activity, and some of the entries have been posted to Spirou.com. I was particularly impressed by this one, by Clément S., age 8 (really?!).
That’s a pretty sophisticated grasp of cartoon sketching for an eight-year old! You should go check out the gallery for more examples (many of the artists are older than 8).
On this Saturday, 29. June, the Spirou exhibition Un héros dynamique (“A Dynamic Hero”) opens in Angoulême, France. Held in the comics center and museum Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image, it will run until 6. October.