Jan 172016
 

Spirou 2000 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1957 Dupuis and the artist; SR restoration)

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! Continue reading »

Jan 062016
 
From 'Groom' #1 cover (ill. Cauuet; Copyright (c) 2015 by Dupuis and the artist)

From the ‘Groom’ #1 cover, by Paul Cauuet.

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. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 

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:

Advertising cartoon for 'Groom' (ill. Romain Dutreix; Copyright (c) 2015 by Dupuis and the artist; image from facebook.com)

“We’re not getting anywhere, boss. He isn’t coughing up anything but random nonsense… He’s a tough one!” “Continue grilling him! I want to taste what he’s cooking up…”

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? Continue reading »

Dec 062015
 

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:

"Marsupilami Wants to Play!" ('Le Marsupilami veut jouer !'; ill. Séchet & Guillaumont; Copyright (c) 2014 Dupuis and the artists; image from inedispirou.com; SR scanlation)

Le Marsupilami veut jouer !

Ibn-Mahzoud, of course, is the sheik from Franquin’s Vacances sans histoires (“An Uneventful Holiday”), the world’s worst driver.

Nov 262015
 

Journal de Spirou #4051-4052 'Spécial Noël' cover ("Christmas Special"; ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; 2015 (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from izneo.com)

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… Continue reading »

Nov 192015
 
'La Colère du Marsupilami' cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; 2015/2016 (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from inedispirou.com)

‘La Colère du Marsupilami’ cover, from InediSpirou

(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!) Continue reading »

Nov 092015
 

"Summer Treasure Hunt 2015" panel, from the Journal de Spirou #4046 (ill. Rubén del Rincón, Niffle, Sti; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)
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)… Continue reading »

Oct 272015
 
Inks for panel from Spirou 55 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from facebook.com)

“We’ll have to squeeze in, Spip. I wasn’t able to save more than one hammock from our suitcases.”
“Bah! No problem. We’ll snuggle up like in the good old days!”
From Spirou & Fantasio #55, by Yoann & Vehlmann (2015)

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!

Oct 142015
 

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! Continue reading »