May 252014
Raider of the Lost Archive, 'Back to the Redak' (ill. Yoann, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Notice those guys in the back…

Yoann & Vehlmann’s first published Spirou story (after their one-shot) was this eight-pager from 2008, Back to the Rédak. (“Rédak” is short for rédaction, the publishing offices of a magazine; as an English title I’ve gone with “Raider of the Lost Archive”.) It is, among other things, the story of how Spirou got back into his old uniform… Continue reading »

Dec 012013

Flipping through Dans l’enfer des hauts de pages (“In Hell at the Top of the Page”), the recently released collection of Yann & Conrad’s 1981 Journal de Spirou gag series, it’s clear that  many of the jokes are hard to appreciate (or even to understand) outside the context of the magazine and the time they were originally published. But here are a few I think still work, and might be of some interest to Spirou fans, if only for Conrad’s illustrations:

'Hauts de pages' #541 (ill. Yoann & Conrad; (c) Dupuis, Dargaud and the artists; SR scanlation)

Their opinion that the magazine was no longer what it used to be was a recurring topic of jokes.

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Oct 042013

With releases by Chaland and Tome & Janry, and the announcement of a classic Yann & Conrad series, this is a good week for fans of the 80s! Or if that isn’t retro enough, how about Jijé and the Danish Journal d’un ingénu? Plus more! Continue reading »