In two recent issues of the Journal de Spirou (#4062 and #4066), subscribers have received as their exclusive bonus gift a little strip booklet by Al Severin.
In 1957, the Journal de Spirou reached issue #1000 (albeit having skipped some numbers during the war). The anniversary issue included several supplements, including a mini-comic (pages that could be taken out and folded up to make another, smaller magazine) for which Franquin drew this little two-pager. Spirou 2000 looks forward to the magazine’s 2000th issue, which would come out in 1976. So get ready for some retro-futurism!
Tomorrow, 7. January, sees the release of the first issue of the magazine Groom (“Bellhop”). Since the initial reports, a lot more information has come to light about this new “cousin” of the Journal de Spirou, including an 8-page sample of the magazine, included as a supplement in this week’s issue of the Journal.
In the special Christmas issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4051-4052), there’s a full-page ad that promises “Soon: A new magazine in the Spirou universe” and the date 7. January, along with the cartoon below:
The same picture (by Romain Dutreix) was posted by Dupuis to Facebook, and next week’s issue of the Journal carries another ad, drawn by Munuera (with Napoleon and a Storm Trooper, to fit in with the issue’s Star Wars-theme). So what is this about?
Today, a one-pager from our friends over at InediSpirou. This comic, written by D. Guillaumont and drawn by M. Séchet, was created for the Journal‘s 2014 “create your own Spirou comic” challenge. Although it didn’t win, it was eventually printed (in tiny format and partially covered up) on the letter pages in issue #3992. Translated with permission:
Ibn-Mahzoud, of course, is the sheik from Franquin’s Vacances sans histoires (“An Uneventful Holiday”), the world’s worst driver.
We’re still a month away from Christmas, but many Journal de Spirou subscribers have already received the special, double-length Christmas issue of the magazine, which – most importantly – features the first installment of La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”). Read on for an interview with Vehlmann and a peek at the first couple of pages…
(Updated with a better image of the cover and the publication program download) The next Spirou & Fantasio adventure is almost upon us, as La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) begins its serialization in the 2. December issue of the Journal de Spirou. Ahead of that, Dupuis has sent out their program of upcoming publications to a number of interested web sites (sadly not to Spirou Reporter, but can be downloaded here), which includes the cover of the upcoming album (above), a preview of two pages, and a plot summary. (SPOILERS!)
Each summer, the Journal de Spirou has a “treasure hunt” contest, where readers have to piece together a location from clues spread out over multiple issues. We had one of the first strips from this year’s contest as a scanlation a few months ago. Now here is the solution, from the 28 October issue, #4046 (the clues are in red)…
A spokesperson for Dupuis announced yesterday on the official Spirou forum that the next adventure by Yoann & Vehlmann (still only known as Spirou & Fantasio #55) will begin its serialization in the 4051/4052 issue of the Journal, which goes on sale 2. December (and to subscribers a few days earlier). Today, Yoann posted the above photo on Facebook with the caption “Back to work” (having come back from the Quai des bulles comics festival in St. Malo), so clearly there’s still some work left to do on the album. Good luck!
News on upcoming publications from the last couple of weeks: Drawing Spirou is a full-time job, new titles for Spaniards and young Marsupilami fans, and more!