Jun 172016
Amandine as Spirou, for Achim Reinecke (ill. Turf; Copyright (c) 2016 the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis; image from facebook.com)

Amandine as Spirou, fanart for Achim Reinecke by Turf (2016)

From Achim Reinecke’s impressive collection of Spirou-themed convention sketches (dédicaces), here’s one by Turf, featuring in Spirou getup, if I’m not quite mistaken, Amandine from his series Magasin Sexuel (“Sex Shop”). Not apparently as explicit as what the title might give the impression of, Magasin Sexuel is described as a pleasant social satire of a quiet little village that gets shook up when a young girl, Amandine, arrives and decides to turn the old Rubber & Leather store, which had been selling boots and raincoats, into something a little more piquant…

The most relevant detail about the comic, however, is that in a clear bit of homage, the town’s mayor, one Raymond Orloff, is a dead ringer for the mayor of Champignac!

Excerpt from 'Magasin Sexuel' #1 (ill. Turf; Copyright (c) 2011 Delcourt and the artist; image adapted from cottagetreasure.blogspot.com)

From ‘Magasin Sexuel’ #1

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 »

Jun 012014
'La petite Seccotine: C'est du lourd!' (ill. Yan le Pon; (c) the artist; image from tumblr.com)

“Little Seccotine: That’s hardcore!” by Yan le Pon after Janry (2014). From tumblr.

Oh gosh, Friday’s come and gone and we didn’t have any fanart!

Well, how about this, a rather clever reversal of Le Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”), a comic that isn’t exactly the most progressive when it comes to portraying female characters. (Original below) Continue reading »