Mar 122017
 

A few weeks ago, Spirou Reporter reposted an image that Kid Toussaint had put up on Facebook, a film noir-ish drawing by Chris Evenhuis for an aborted Spirou project they worked on together. Toussaint followed up that post with a series of images from another Spirou project, this time with more of a superhero flavor:

'Spirou Comics' sample (ill. David Lafuente & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; SR translation; image from facebook.com/tkid.toussaint)(The reference to the “professor” being 75 suggests that this may have been intended for the Spirou 75th anniversary issue in 2013.) In addition to this sample page, drawn by David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), the images include studies of many Spirou characters, drawn by several different artists (apparently mostly from the Marvel stable)… Continue reading »

Aug 262016
 

Something not-quite-fanart this Friday:

Flyer advertising the Journal de Spirou, in the album 'Les Trois fantômes de Tesla' (ill. Guilhem Bec; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from facebook.com)

Flyer distributed with ‘Les Trois fantômes de Tesla’, illustrated by Guilhem Bec (2016)

Guilhem draws the fantasy comic Zarla for the Journal de Spirou, but his current project is the retrofuturistic adventure Les Trois fantômes de Tesla (“Tesla’s Three Ghosts”), written by Richard Marazano and officially released today from Le Lombard. As a bit of cross-promotion, the album includes a flyer advertising the Journal, while next week’s issue of the magazine includes an excerpt of the album as a bonus (Lombard and Dupuis are both owned by the Média-Participations group).

Jul 142016
 

Spirou and Fantasio sketches (adapted from ill. Pierre "Pica" Tranchand; image from pierretranchand02.businesscatalyst.com)

Lots of people have worked on Spirou & Fantasio over the years, but many more have wanted to. During Nic & Cauvin’s troubled run in the early eighties, for example, several other creators were in talks with Dupuis before Tome & Janry took over definitely.

One of these pitches was from the team of François Corteggiani and Pierre “Pica” Tranchand. Continue reading »

Apr 282016
 

Photo of René Hausman (photo by EdA; image from lavenir.net)

It’s being reported that René Hausman has died this morning, at the age of 80. Hausman, the “Bard of the Ardennes”, was a long-time contributor to the Journal de Spirou, particularly known for his drawings and watercolors of nature, animals, gnomes and other fable-creatures. Last year, he did the cover for the “Where is Spip?” special issue (#4010):

Journal de Spirou #4010 cover (ill. René Hausman; Copyright (c) 2015 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

Jul 222015
 
Half-page (p. 5b) from 'Les géants pétrifiés' redrawn (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from 2dgalleries.com)

By Yoann.

At first glance, there’s nothing particularly special about the half-page above. Looks familiar, clearly drawn by Yoann in his current Spirou style, it’s from one of his albums, right? … But wait! Which album? Zorglub and Martin only appear together in the one-shot, but that was drawn in a completely different style. What’s going on? Continue reading »

Jul 082015
 

Tome & Janry (Philippe Vandevelde and Jean-Richard Geurts) were stewards of the Spirou & Fantasio series for almost twenty years, and have now been making Le Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) for twenty-five. Eventually, Tome became the script-writer and Janry the artist, but Tome could also draw, and he has made these sketches for various book dedications to fans:

(Spirou, Fantasio, Count Champignac)

Jun 182015
 

Here’s another feature we haven’t done in a while (like, a year): official Spirou art by artists other than the official ones.

Parc Spirou header image (image from dupuis.com)

This picture, by an unidentified artist, is used on spirou.com for a new survey about the upcoming theme park. Other illustrations, apparently by the same hand, have also appeared in various places, including on the Parc Spirou website. What do you think of it?

Dec 052014
 
Spirou (ill. Olivier Grojnowski; (c) Dupuis and the artist; from thanagra.typepad.com)

Spirou by Olivier Grojnowski (1995). From Thanagra’s blog.

Olivier Grojnowski (“O’Groj”) is a friend of Tarrin and Neidhardt, and does both humorous and – well, maybe “realistic” isn’t quite the right word for it – comics. Here with a cubist Spirou, which – as pointed out in the comments – is a Journal de Spirou cover from 1995. (I can’t help but feel the picture is meant to make up a word or number or something, but if it is I can’t read it.)

May 282014
 
'Lupo Modern' Sammelband 5 cover (ill. Vlado Magdic? after Franquin; (c) Pabel/Kauka/Gevacur, Dupuis and the artist; image from kaukapedia.com)

‘Lupo modern’ Sammelband #5 (1965)

Most Kauka covers adopted a house style, but the artist responsible for this one (whom one source tentatively identifies as Vlado Magdic) seems to have tried to imitate Franquin, recreating a scene straight out of Spirou et les héritiers (Spirou #4, “Spirou and the Heirs”). The book is a digest collecting three issues of the anthology magazine Lupo modern, where that same adventure ran in installments under the title “Pit und Pikkolo: Onkel Gustavs Testament”.

(I’ve looked around for a better scan, but couldn’t find anything.)