May 262017
 
Spirou in Jerez de la Frontera, fanart for "...y se escribe Spirou" exhibition in Cádiz (ill. David Garrido; Copyright (c) 2015 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis)

Spirou in Jerez de la Frontera, by David Garrido (2015)

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.

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 http://24hdelabdspecialspirouetfantasio.citebd.org)

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 »

Sep 162016
 
Spirou and Spip by Grand Casino del Sardinero, Santander, Spain (ill. Christina "Neryko"; Copyright (c) 2015 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from neryko.deviantart.com)

Spirou and Spip in front of the Gran Casino del Sardinero, by Neryko (2015)

Another piece of fanart from last year’s series of Spanish exhibitions. This one by Neryko is from Spirou, un botones en el palacio (“Spirou: A Bellhop in the Palace”), held last November–December in Santander, and shows the city’s great casino in the background.

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 »

Jun 102016
 

I’ve been too busy to keep Spirou Reporter updated, but let’s try to get back to some level of activity around here.

Spirou and Luna Fatale poster (ill. Sophian Cholet; Copyright (c) 2016 the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from sophiancholet.tumblr.com)

Spirou and Spip with Luna Fatale poster, by Sophian Cholet (2016). Colors by Julie Rouvière.

Sophian Cholet is the artist of a series called Zombies. This piece is from another of the “… y se escribe Spirou” exhibitions, this time in Barcelona (which ended 21. May).

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 »

Jan 082016
 
"Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy" ('Spirouette et Fantasia contre le patriarcat'; ill. Laurier Richard; Copyright (c) 2014 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from hero-ine-s.tumblr.com)

“Spirouette & Fantasia Against the Patriarchy” by Laurier Richard (2014)

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.) Continue reading »

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

‘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.