May 122017
 

Watch live video from dainedaine on www.twitch.tv

The deadline for the 24-hour Spirou challenge has now passed, with 10 completed entries and another 14 partially finished. One of the ones still working is Andaine (amateur category), who has been live-streaming the progress for the last day, page by hand-painted page. (The livestream just went offline while writing this post, so instead I’ve included a video clip from yesterday. The rest of them are on Twitch.) You can see the uploaded pages here.

Congratulations to all contestants, and looking forward to reading their stories over the next few days!

May 022017
 

Spirou clock and Spip, "24 hours of comics in Angoulême" logo ('les 24 heures de la bande dessinée angoulême'; ill. Trondheim; Copyright (c) 2017 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from http://24hdelabdspecialspirouetfantasio.citebd.org)

On 11. and 12. May (that’s Thursday and Friday next week), Dupuis and la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (“The International City of Comics and Illustration Art”) cultural center in Angoulême will arrange a Spirou comic challenge, where participants from all over the world are invited to create a 24-page Spirou comic (22 pages + front and back covers) in 24 hours. Continue reading »

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)