Jul 102016
 

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor 11th Commandment", ad for Spirou subscription from 'Les Bonnes Soirées' ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 11; ill. Jijé; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

The “Friends of Spirou” Code of Honor only has nine commandments. But the comic strips Jijé made from them were not just a means to communicate the Code; they also served a secondary purpose. They were printed in Dupuis’ other magazines – Le Moustique and Les Bonnes Soirées – to advertise the Journal de Spirou and convince parents of the wholesome values the comic and its fan club stood for. And so as part of this advertising, Jijé also created one more strip (let’s call it the eleventh commandment, to set it off from the “real” Code), to emphasize a point perhaps even more important from the publisher’s point of view: Never miss an issue of Spirou!

No less relevant today, you can heed this important message by subscribing here, no matter where you are in the world. Continue reading »

Dec 272015
 

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor" 7 ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 7; ill. Jijé & Jean Doisy; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

I can’t help but feel Georges is being a bit prissy here. And of course the moral is at least half hypocritical, as Jijé himself painted nudes, for example. Besides, the corrupting movie looks like great fun! Well, at least they can all come together and agree on stylish trench coats…

The Journal thankfully relaxed its prudery decades ago (for example, check out the cover of next week’s issue).

As usual, an accompanying moral message from the Robbedoes Almanak 1944, which focuses more on the “getting your hands dirty” part (and again has reordered the points): Continue reading »

Nov 102015
 

The big news of this update is the announcement of the publication dates for the next two one-shots. Also, no news is good(ish) news from Fournier, Yoann & Vehlmann forever and ever, Finland and Spain get new releases of old material, and a couple of recent publications hold up… Updated: And news on one more one-shot! Updated 2: … and a new edition of Spirou sous le manteau! Continue reading »

Sep 202015
 

As the year turns towards its last quarter, updates on the English, Scandinavian and German publication front, and some delays in the francophonie Continue reading »

Jun 282015
 

Another installment of the Friends of Spirou Code of Honor (see previous parts here):

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor" 4 ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 4; ill. Jijé & Jean Doisy; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

This entry is perhaps the most interesting one so far. Like the other comic strips, it was included in the Flemish edition of the Spirou Almanach 1944, the Robbedoes Almanak 1944, along with an accompanying text. The Code of Honor was used as a kind of year-long challenge for Friends of Spirou and other readers, who were given one point of the code as an assignment to practice each month. In this particular case, the Dutch translation actually added a clause to the code: A Friend of Spirou is faithful to God, his country and his language.

Obviously this alludes to Belgium’s division into French-speaking and Dutch-speaking (Flemish) communities (along with some smaller minorities), which has been a source of conflict for all of the nation’s history. Language is also a particular focus of the instructions to the readers: Continue reading »

Jun 102015
 

'Spirou par Jijé' intégrale collected edition cover (ill. Jijé; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

A few pieces of news have come out recently. First, the Jijé volume of the collected edition coming in October has a (provisional) cover, seen above. Extracted from Jijé’s illustration for the first cover of the Journal de Spirou after liberation in 1944, it’s a great example of his style.

The other news comes from this week’s issue of the Journal (#4026). This is mainly updates on one-shots we’ve heard about before… Continue reading »