This week’s scanlation might need a little context. In February of this year, the Journal de Spirou ran a special issue (#4010) on the theme “Where is Spip?” – the premise being that Spip had disappeared and had to be found. The magazine featured several stories about the hunt for him, and every comic in the magazine featured a more-or-less hidden Spip (“Where’s Waldo?”-style) in one panel.
The Journal de Spirou offers a supplement to subscribers each week, and this week’s issue (#4042) is a little leaflet about artists from Quebec, with this nice cover by Djief.
Remember the adventure where Spirou and Fantasio chase Zantafio from Palombia to New York, to stop him from misusing a powerful, sacred artifact? No? Perhaps you have… amnesia!
Comic artist Thierry Capezzone writes a column on Facebook for the Danish publisher Zoom, “CKC: Capezzone Kommenterer Comics” (“Capezzone Comments [on] Comics”), where he often relates stories from the Franco-Belgian comics industry. In the latest installment, he describes the transition of Spirou & Fantasio from Fournier to Nic & Cauvin and then to Tome & Janry, with a novel twist…
From the Journal de Spirou summer issue, Yoann & Vehlmann take Spirou & Fantasio on a little trip (colors by Laurence Croix):
Like the summer strip a couple of years ago, this is part of a magazine contest, in this case to identify the common country among three strips by different creators.
Today a special, double-length summer issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4029–4030) hits newsstands. It has as its theme “Holidays of yore,” and includes two retro-style Spirou stories, by Al Séverin (known for Spirou sous le manteau, “Spirou Under the Counter”) and Fabrice Parme (Panique en Atlantique, “Panic on the Atlantic”), respectively. Here are a couple of samples from the two 4-page stories:
Issue #4016 of the Journal de Spirou, published today, includes a rather exceptional Spirou story. Recently discovered by a collector at the bottom of an old trunk, this story appears to have been drawn by Rob-Vel in 1940, while he was serving in the French army, and has remained completely unknown and unpublished until now!
The Journal de Spirou will put out a special issue in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Editor Frédéric Niffle writes:
Spirou will publish a special issue, to come out already next week, in order to pay tribute to the 12 people killed — among them a number of creators of Charlie Hebdo (Cabu, Charb, Tignous, Wolinski) — and to express why freedom of expression is so important in the civilized world. To say that we do not accept this vision of a totalitarian society.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. — Evelyne Beatrice Hall in 1906, describing Voltaire’s philosophy.
We are therefore asking you for contributions to this special issue.
Your illustrations, your texts, and your pages need to reach us no later than Saturday 10. January (17:00).
A big thank you in advance for your support.
Always remember that Spirou is a magazine that stands for tolerance, under its motto: “Spirou: friend, wherever, forever!”
— Journal de Spirou editors
Since this is not a regular Spirou issue, it will not be sent to subscribers, but only available for direct purchase where magazines are sold. The money will reportedly go to the families of the victims.
While the deadline has already passed, we might expect to see a number of Spirou-related tributes over the coming days. To keep this blog from becoming too morbid, they’ll be added to this post.
Updated 17/01/2015: The magazine can now be ordered online here. Dupuis have also put up a gallery of submissions that weren’t included in the issue here (the Spirou-themed ones are also included below).