Right now there’s another Spirou exhibition going on at the Matadero Madrid art center in Madrid, Spain. Co-organized by Spirou publisher Dibbuks and called simply Spirou en Madrid, it presents some of the works that were previously exhibited in the different “… y se escribe Spirou” art shows in various places across Spain back in 2015. One of them is this piece by David Garrido, originally from the exhibition in Cádiz. You can see photos of the Madrid exhibition here.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.)
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.