Jan 082016
 
"Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy" ('Spirouette et Fantasia contre le patriarcat'; ill. Laurier Richard; Copyright (c) 2014 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from hero-ine-s.tumblr.com)

“Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy” by Laurier Richard (2014)

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.) Continue reading »

Jul 262013
 

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?!).

Spirou and Spip (ill. Clément S., age 8; picture via Spirou.com)

Spirou and Spip, by Clément S.

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).

May 022013
 

For a big Spirou expo in Angoulême (famous for its comics festival), Yoann has drawn this poster (incidentally, the first “official” Marsupilami from his pen):

Un héros dynamique ("A dynamic hero," ill. Yoann)

On French-language forums, people have been busy trying to name every character. Challenge accepted? (Bigger version here)