Sep 272015

The discussions around the “… y se escribe Spirou” (“… and it’s spelled Spirou”) exhibitions in Spain reminded me of this Émile Bravo one-pager from La Galerie des illustres (originally published in Journal de Spirou #3685 in 2008, and translated by houbanaut):

'La galerie des illustres' from JdS #3685 (ill. Émile Bravo; (c) the artist; scanlation by houbanaut; image from

The numerous bits Ibáñez plagiarized from Franquin are documented here (in French).

Jan 072015

In the face of an atrocity like today’s terrorist attack against the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a blog such as this has little to say. Only that our thoughts and sympathy are with the victims, both dead and injured, and with their families.

Among the cartoonists and comic artists killed was Cabu (Jean Cabut). To honor him and all the other victims, here is a page he made for the Journal de Spirou‘s Galerie des illustres (#3930).

"I'm your Peter Pan" (from 'La galerie des illustres' in JDS #3930; ill. Cabu; (c) the artist; SR scanlation)

Cabu (2013)

Along with this cartoon there was an interview. Continue reading »

Jun 062013

We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released… Continue reading »

May 232013

In honor of Fournier, who turned 70 earlier this week, here’s a special scanlation from the Galerie des illustres. Emmanuel Lepage tells the story of how he first met the Spirou artist (shortly before he left the series; Des haricots partout – or “Beans Everywhere!” – would be his last album).

La galerie des illustres p. 229 (ill. Lepage, Dupuis; SR scanlation)This page was first published in the Journal de Spirou issue #3703 (2009).

May 192013

This week’s scanlation is a page by Juanjo Guarnido and Juan Díaz Canales, the creators of Blacksad. Since 2008, the Journal de Spirou has invited different artists to create a page that pays homage to or expresses their own relationship with the magazine and its comics. The results have been enormously varied and unpredictable. A new sample would appear in almost every issue, and finally this year, the ones so far (more than 200) were collected in a coffee-table book as La galerie des illustres. Guarnido and Canales’s entry originally appeared in issue #3872 in 2012.

Spirou, Blacksad and Sorcelleries (ill. Guarnido, Canales, Dupuis; SR scanlation)In addition to the appearances by Spirou and Fantasio from The Adventures of… and Blacksad and Weekly from Blacksad, in the last panel it turns out that Hazel (a baby fairy raised by witches, from Guarnido and Valero’s Sorcelleries) is responsible for the crossover.