Sep 052017
 

Festival Spirou 2017 poster (ill. Franquin etc.; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

This weekend was the 8th annual Brussels Comic Strip Festival, which was also the 4th Festival Spirou (with Gaston as the featured character this time around, in honor of his sixtieth anniversary). Among other events, the Festival included a special pre-release screening of Le Petit Spirou the movie (which opens in cinemas 27. September).

Another addition this year was a set of prizes for comics creators, the Prix Atomium, which this year were handed out by former Spirou & Fantasio writer Jean-David Morvan. Sponsored by various organizations, each prize is awarded based on different criteria and comes with a monetary award ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 EUR. The Prix Atomium Spirou (15,000 EUR and publication in the magazine) is sponsored by the Journal and is awarded to a humoristic 44-page adventure in the tradition of the magazine’s classic series. It was won by Pebble’s Adventures by Nols.

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates including Zidrou and Frank Pé, with host Morvan (photo from dupuis.com)

Prix Atomium 2017 laureates. Zidrou second from left, Frank Pé fifth from left. Host Jean-David Morvan third from left.

Meanwhile, the Prix Atomium de Bruxelles (7,500 EUR) is sponsored by the Minister-President of the Brussels region to recognize a comic that showcases Brussels. It was won by the Spirou one-shot La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) by Frank Pé and Zidrou, which features the city extensively (the Atomium itself plays an important role in the story). The jury’s decision was unanimous.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Aug 022016
 

Festival Spirou 2016 poster (ill. Yoann et al.; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

The third annual Spirou Festival will take place a month from now, 2.–4. September, as seen in the announcement above, posted on Facebook and in the Journal.

As before, the Spirou Festival is simply the Dupuis section of the Brussels Comic Strip Festival, and doesn’t focus specifically on Spirou & Fantasio. Dupuis hasn’t provided the detailed program yet (and in fact, even the poster is almost exactly the same as for the 2014 festival), but the Brussels Comic Strip Festival site provides this description: Continue reading »

Mar 242016
 
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels, from 'L'Okapi blanc' ("The White Okapi"; ill. Frank Pé & Zidrou; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; image from comicscenter.net)

“Strolling aimlessly around the city, the sidewalks! ..”
Spirou outside Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels. By Frank Pé & Zidrou (2016).

This has been a terrible week in Belgium, and our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks in Brussels. If Spirou Reporter were to mark every atrocity committed throughout the world, this would be a far more depressing blog than it is or should be. However, when deadly terror hits Spirou’s home town, that should probably be acknowledged in some way…

Perhaps one way to do that is to feature these pages from the upcoming Spirou album by Frank Pé, variously known as La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) and L’Okapi blanc (“The White Okapi”), which have been released in connection with an exhibition that opened this week at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD; the official opening was postponed in response to the tragic events, but the exhibition remains open to the public), particularly in an in-depth interview with Alexis Seny for Branchés Culture (part 1, part 2). Several scenes of the album take place in recognizable spots in Brussels. Continue reading »

Sep 212015
 
'La Femme-léopard' wall mural (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; photo from dupuis.com)

‘La Femme-léopard’ mural

Last Thursday was the official unveiling of a new comics mural in Brussels, featuring art from the Spirou one-shot La Femme-léopard by Schwartz & Yann. As previously reported, it is located in the Ixelles neighborhood (the address indicated has changed from Rue de la Croix 9 to Chausseé d’Ixelles 227A, but that’s right next door). It also turns out that the image printed in the Journal was flipped horizontally, so the actual mural indeed has the hotel sign the right way around.

(From Dupuis.com and the Spirou Facebook page.)

Aug 122015
 

Festival Spirou 2015 poster

Just a quick heads up that like last year, Dupuis and the Journal de Spirou are holding a “Spirou Festival” as part of the Brussels Comics Festival (Fête de la BD/Stripfeest) on 4-6 September. This Spirou Reporter facebook post from last year collects links to a number of galleries from the 2014 festival, to give you an idea of what it’s all about. So if you have a chance to visit Brussels next month, save the dates!

Update: According to the official program (via the unofficial Émile Bravo blog), Bravo will show his sequel to Le journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”), presumably as a work-in-progress, at the festival on 5. September, between 16:30 and 17:00.

Other presenters with past or upcoming Spirou albums include Yoann, Vehlmann, Fournier, Tome, Janry, Munuera, Trondheim, Tehem, Feroumont and Zidrou, among many other exciting artists. Dupuis will also present “Publishing Scoops” about upcoming albums and comics, so there could be more interesting news coming out of the festival.

Jun 102015
 

'Spirou par Jijé' intégrale collected edition cover (ill. Jijé; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

A few pieces of news have come out recently. First, the Jijé volume of the collected edition coming in October has a (provisional) cover, seen above. Extracted from Jijé’s illustration for the first cover of the Journal de Spirou after liberation in 1944, it’s a great example of his style.

The other news comes from this week’s issue of the Journal (#4026). This is mainly updates on one-shots we’ve heard about before… Continue reading »

Jun 232014
 
Spirou mural in Brussels (ill. Yoann; photo from http://bdmurales.skynetblogs.be)

Spirou mural, Yoann & Urbana (2014). Photo by Sanza.

A commenter already brought up this news, but here’s a proper post: A Spirou mural has recently been completed in Brussels. Executed by the graffiti artist Urbana (Nicolas Morreel) from a drawing by Yoann, the mural is located on the Rue Notre-Dame De Gráces, in the Marolles district on the south side of the city center, near the Palais de Justice. Brussels is of course known for its many comic book murals, but while it already had ones for Gaston, Petit Spirou, and most recently the Marsupilami, Spirou somehow hasn’t been featured until now. Continue reading »

May 132014
 

Spirouland logo (image from stripspeciaalzaak.be)

A couple of weeks ago, plans were announced for a Spirou theme park to be built outside of Brussels. This comes in addition to earlier news of a park in the south of France. This new park, with the working name “Spirouland”, is part of a big redevelopment project for the Heysel plateau, most famous as the site of the Atomium monument, built for the 1958 World Fair held there. Continue reading »