May 122017

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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

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 »

Jul 172016

Summer contest strip, from 'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Every summer the Journal de Spirou runs a reader contest, with strips of different comics that each offer a clue on some particular theme. This year each strip includes a coded reference to some other comic from the magazine. Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry, colors by Laurence Croix, is in the special summer issue, #4082–4083, currently out. Shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out… (Check out previous years’ entries here, here and here.)

By the way, shades also of Fournier’s X75 strip

Sep 072014

Another one of the winners of the Spirou Challenge #4, taking fourth place. I decided not to edit the title, since it’s so integrated into the drawing.

Spirou et les voleurs du Marsupilami (ill. Giulia Jones; (c) Dupuis and the artist; from Journal de Spirou #3979)

Spirou and the Marsupilami Thieves

Jean-François Moyersoen was the owner of Marsu Productions.

The artist had this to say: “This page is a combination of everything I wanted to do! The desire to reinvent Spirou and put him in a great adventure movie. The desire to draw a fake cover. The desire to use the Count’s inventions and to comment on the return of the Marsupilami. In the end, it took six pages! Then I had to cut, to correct, to cut again, take four aspirins, and then finally the background determined the form, and I managed to put almost everything into the whole hodgepodge.”

Aug 172014

This one-pager by Yohan Sacré (25) finished first in the fourth Spirou Challenge, in which contestants were to create their own Spirou comic. It was printed, along with the four other winners, in Journal de Spirou #3979.

Spirou one-pager contest (ill. Yohan Sacré; (c) Dupuis and the artist; from JDS #3979)

The magazine also ran an interview with Sacré: Continue reading »

May 082014
Spirou strip (ill. Claire/Cannary-the-wolf; (c) the artist; from tumblr)

Accidental Fanart Thursday with a strip by Claire from tumblr.

As part of its 2014 program, the Journal de Spirou is holding a “Spirou Challenges” competition, Les Défis de Spirou, where each month readers and fans are given a task to complete in order to win a selection of prizes. The challenges so far haven’t been too relevant to Spirou Reporter (photograph a Spirou lookalike, cosplay as characters from one of the magazine’s comics, etc.), but this month it might be of some interest… Continue reading »

Sep 152013

Before resigning ourselves to the end of summer, here are a couple of summer holiday-themed gags by Yoann & Vehlmann promoting La face cachée du Z (Spirou #52, “The Dark Side of the Z”).

Journal de Spirou #3820 cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis; SR scanlation)

Wraparound cover illustration for Journal de Spirou #3820, a June 2011 double issue.

Moon volleyball (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis; SR scanlation)

From Journal de Spirou #3828.

This strip was made for the Journal de Spirou 2011 summer competition, where each series asked readers the question “Where do our heroes go on holiday”? (You can see Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry for the 2013 competition here.)

Jul 252013

The Journal de Spirou is having a summer contest, running over nine issues with a series of strips from different comics, each with a clue to a celebrity or famous person. Last week saw Yoann & Vehlmann’s Spirou contribution:

From Le Journal de Spirou #3927 (ill. Yoann &  Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis; SR scanlation)

In case you want to play along, I won’t spoil it. 🙂

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