Sep 012017

Due to personal circumstances, Spirou Reporter has been off for a while. It’s probably still going to be a little while before scanlations resume, but I’ll try to catch up on the various news over the coming weeks. For now, let’s at least return to our other regular feature: Fanart Friday. Achim Reinecke has sent over another great gallery of Spirou commissions, and we’re starting with this:

Spirou and Ric Hochet racing, commission for Achim Reinecke (ill. Simon Van Liemt; Copyright (c) 2016 by the artist; Spirou (c Dupuis; image from Achim Reinecke)

Spirou and Ric Hochet racing (commission for Achim Reinecke), by Simon Van Liemt (2016)

Simon Van Liemt is a French artist who draws Les Nouvelles Enquêtes de Ric Hochet (“Ric Hochet’s New Cases”), a reboot of a classic suspense comic by Tibet. It is written by Zidrou, who also wrote Frank Pé’s Spirou one-shot, La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”).

Nov 182016
Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern poster for Fumetto: International Comix-Festival Lucerne 2013 (ill. Emmanuel "Exem" Excoffier; Copyright (c) 2013 by the artist)

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern poster for Fumetto: International Comix-Festival Lucerne 2013,by Emmanuel ‘Exem’ Excoffier

Exem (Emmanuel Excoffier) is a Swiss artist in the ligne claire style, most active in poster work. For Fumetto, the International Comix-Festival Lucerne 2013, he was artist in residence, working in public in the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern, for which he created this promotional poster. (The artist dropping his pages in the foreground is a self-portrait. Pictures from the event here.)

Aug 262016

Something not-quite-fanart this Friday:

Flyer advertising the Journal de Spirou, in the album 'Les Trois fantômes de Tesla' (ill. Guilhem Bec; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from

Flyer distributed with ‘Les Trois fantômes de Tesla’, illustrated by Guilhem Bec (2016)

Guilhem draws the fantasy comic Zarla for the Journal de Spirou, but his current project is the retrofuturistic adventure Les Trois fantômes de Tesla (“Tesla’s Three Ghosts”), written by Richard Marazano and officially released today from Le Lombard. As a bit of cross-promotion, the album includes a flyer advertising the Journal, while next week’s issue of the magazine includes an excerpt of the album as a bonus (Lombard and Dupuis are both owned by the Média-Participations group).

Jun 192016
Thumbnail, Spirou and Tintin crossover, Journal de Spirou #4078 (ill. Fred Neidhardt after Franquin & Hergé; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; Tintin (c) Casterman, Studio Hergé; SR scanlation)

The biggest crossover in Belgian comics

Journal de Spirou #4078 (8. June, 2016) is actually the four thousandth issue of the Journal (because when the magazine adopted continuing numbering instead of within-year numbering after the war, they simply counted the number of weeks since the first issue, even if no magazine had come out that week). For this occasion, the magazine features a selection of “scoops” from the history of the magazine, as told and illustrated by Fred Neidhardt. This includes a crossover between Spirou and Tintin! Continue reading »

Apr 012016

'Spirou Pirates' ex libris (ill. Mikäelof & Sergueï, after Franquin; Copyright (c) 1990 by the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis)

Spirou Pirates is a bootleg Spirou adventure, an unapproved fan comic by “Sergueï & Mikäelof” (pseudonyms), printed in a few different limited editions in 1999. Some of those editions include ex libris prints (prints on loose cards inserted into the book), and this looks to be one of them.

The comic itself was mostly copied from panels by Franquin (as well as various other artists), edited in various ways to tell a new story. It used to be available online at, but the server has been down now for years. However, you can find it here, and there’s also an English scanlation on a certain site that offers that kind of thing.

Feb 132016

Spirou portrait (ill. René Follet; Copyright (c) by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; photo by Dominique Léonard)

Spirou Reporter was recently contacted by a reader, Dominique Léonard, who shared photos from his collection of Spirou fanart and homages by a number of artists. In particular there were a number of paintings by René Follet, an artist we’ve featured several times before. This time, let’s collect all the pieces in one gallery. Continue reading »

Nov 132015
Spirou & Fantasio, Will Eisner style (ill. Pinturero; 2015 (c) the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from

‘Spirou’ by Pinturero (2015)

From the exhibition Spirou, de Champiñac a Pontevedra (“Spirou: From Champignac to Pontevedra” – gotta love that tilde!), which opened this week, a piece by Pinturero, inspired by Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Photos from the opening of the exhibition can be seen here.

Interesting connection: Pinturero did the colors for one album of the series Sorcelleries by Guarnido & Valero, and a crossover between Spirou, Sorcelleries and Guarnido’s other series Blacksad was one of the first Spirou Reporter scanlations.

Oct 232015

Two years ago, Fanart Friday featured a panel from an exercise in the Graphical Storytelling course at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, where students had to adapt an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road using Franquin’s characters and style. Back then it was the only example I could track down, but recently a bit more digging uncovered entries from many more students.

Franquin-style adaption of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' (ill. Maria Simone "Simo" Blüchert; (c) 2013 the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from

‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy and Muir Jover, after Franquin (2015)

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