Jun 232016
 

Finally an update! A new one-shot by Hanco Kolk, an anthology album and more on the Yoann & Vehlmann short-story album, drawbacks to a Swedish collected edition volume, the next Spirou album in English, and more… (UPDATE: And the Marsupilami rages in Norway, too!) Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 

'The Exemplary Life of Jijé' (ill. Chaland, Clerc, Sire; (c) Humanoïdes Associés and the artists; SR scanlation)

This year is the one-hundredth anniversary of Jijé, one of the most influential artists in the early years of the Journal de Spirou, creator of numerous classic comics, mentor to Franquin, and the first artist to take over Spirou after its creator, Rob-Vel (not counting assistants and fill-ins). So here’s a short comic about his life, created in 1980 by Yves Chaland, assisted by Serge Clerc and Denis Sire. Continue reading »

Dec 082013
 
'La femme léopard' - later retitled 'Le fétiche des Marolles' - cover proposal (ill. Schwartz & Yann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; via olivierschwartz.blogspot.com)

Cover proposal for ‘La femme léopard’, the Schwartz & Yann Spirou one-shot later retitled ‘Le fétiche des Marolles’.
From the Olivier Schwartz fan blog.

This strange and wonderful cover proposal for Schwartz & Yann’s sequel to Le groom vert-de-gris, the Spirou adventure about to start serialization in the Journal de Spirou in one week, presumably isn’t going to be used any more, now that the title has been changed. From the picture (and the old title), it’s easy to suspect that the story is inspired by one of Chaland’s attempts to continue his interrupted Spirou adventure: a version from 1986, sketched in a notebook while he was visiting Congo (then Zaïre), revolves around a group of female aniotos (members of a secret Leopard Society who killed while disguised as leopards). Only a few pages from this notebook have ever been published, but Yann would almost certainly have read it, since he worked with Chaland on several other drafts of the sequel.

From Chaland's sketchbook, in 'Yves Chaland: L'enfance de l'oeil' (ill. Chaland; (c) Dupuis, Mosquito and the artist)

Fantasio faces a female aniotos, in a sketched draft by Chaland.

Nov 022013
 

Spirou and Fantasio (ill. Chaland; (c) Dupuis and the artist; image via Artcurial)

The Paris auction house Artcurial have announced the lots for sale in their next big comics auction, on 16 November. They include first editions and a number of pieces of Spirou art, as well as other works by artists such as Jijé and Franquin (and many non-Spirou greats as well). Continue reading »

Oct 042013
 

With releases by Chaland and Tome & Janry, and the announcement of a classic Yann & Conrad series, this is a good week for fans of the 80s! Or if that isn’t retro enough, how about Jijé and the Danish Journal d’un ingénu? Plus more! Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

'Spirou passed from hand to hand' installation with stack of albums

Here’s the second part of the photo report from the Spirou exhibition at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD), Spirou passed from hand to hand. The first part covered Rob-Vel, Davine and Jijé. Today we have Franquin, Fournier, Nic & Cauvin and finally Chaland. Continue reading »

Sep 252013
 

This great little animation, posted by Journal de Spirou on Facebook, deserves its own post here:

Spirou Evolution from Koen De Koninck on Vimeo.

It was reportedly produced for the occasion of the Brussels Comics Festival (Fête de la BD) earlier this month.