Apr 012015

Journal de Spirou 4016 cover (ill. "Rob-Vel"; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

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to have been drawn by Rob-Vel in 1940, while he was serving in the French army, and has remained completely unknown and unpublished until now! Continue reading »

Apr 302014
Supplement to Journal de Spirou #3966 (ill. Simon Léturgie; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

“Catch-up”, “rundown”… there’s a sports metaphor here somewhere!

Spirou Reporter was more or less out of commission for the last month, and unfortunately missed everything from April’s Fools Day to the one-year anniversary of the site, which would have been fun to mark. But hey, we’re back! Now for a little rundown of news from the last few weeks… Continue reading »

Oct 052013
Banque Dessinée Spirou auction (ill. pseudo-Rob-Vel; (c) Banque Dessinée)

Identified as a fake Rob-Vel

Banque Dessinée is holding a special 75th anniversary Spirou comics art auction tomorrow. The lots include everything from Franquin’s original sketches for the zorglumobile and the Turbotraction II, to signed prints, to collectible plastic figurines. However, what was supposed to be a centerpiece of the auction, a series of Spirou drawings by Rob-Vel and Davine, have been denounced as fake by Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (CBPY), the authors of La véritable histoire de Spirou and experts on the early history of the series. Continue reading »

Oct 022013

Spirou Exhibition at CBBD, Brussels

The Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD) in Brussels is currently hosting a temporary Spirou exhibition: Spirou passed from hand to hand. A few weeks ago I was able to attend it, and since it is now almost over (it closes on 6. October), here’s a photo report of that visit, so that it might encourage you to take this last chance to see it. Continue reading »

Sep 292013

Once again there hasn’t been time to do an original scanlation this week, so once again you get one reposted from elsewhere. This is the second Spirou page ever (the first was posted here):

Spirou doesn't like water (ill. Rob-Vel; (c) Dupuis; houbanaut scanlation)

Scanlation by houbanaut on Scans Daily.

Having pulled off that getaway, can’t you just see him doing this walk?

Incidentally, while the page is officially credited to Rob-Vel, it is now believed that like most early Spirou gags, it was most likely drawn by his friend and helper, Luc Lafnet.

Sep 252013

This great little animation, posted by Journal de Spirou on Facebook, deserves its own post here:

Spirou Evolution from Koen De Koninck on Vimeo.

It was reportedly produced for the occasion of the Brussels Comics Festival (Fête de la BD) earlier this month.

Jun 062013

We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released… Continue reading »