Jannin is a long-time contributor to the Journal, and apart from his own comics he’s also been in charge of the recent color restorations and recolorings of some of Franquin’s Spirou stories.
Émile Bravo, of course, is the man behind the one-shot Journal d’un ingénu (“The Diary of a Naive Young Man”).
Madaule makes the strip Eglantine et Diégo for the magazine.
For the 75th anniversary issue, the Journal de Spirou invited 16 comic artists to each create a strip on the same subject: The Count of Champignac having invented something called X75. Over the next few weeks, while Spirou Reporter is on holiday, we’ll be running one of these a day (Mon-Thu) so the site isn’t completely dead. First up, Darasse (who draws Tamara in the magazine):
This little two-pager felt appropriate for the season.
“Le homard” (“The Lobster”) by Franquin is originally from 1957, when mayonnaise in a tube was still a novelty.
The Journal de Spirou is having a summer contest, running over nine issues with a series of strips from different comics, each with a clue to a celebrity or famous person. Last week saw Yoann & Vehlmann’s Spirou contribution:
In case you want to play along, I won’t spoil it. 🙂
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Many artists have wanted to make a Spirou one-shot. Dupuis has turned most of them down. One of the more prominent ones to give it a try is Stanislas (Victor Levallois, Les aventures d’Hergé), who has made two attempts with different collaborators. A page from each pitch has been leaked, presented here…
Yoann & Vehlmann took over the official Spirou series in 2008. Their first album, Alerte aux zorkons (Spirou #51, “Zorkons Alert”), came out in 2010. During that time, Yoann had to experiment a bit to adapt his style to the more traditional look readers expected, and in illustrations and short stories running up to the album, you can see it evolving rapidly (much like the zorkons themselves). This unused opening to the album, for example, shows clear differences from the look of the final version.
Rather than a Spirou story, this week’s scanlation is the story of Spirou. Drawn by Yves Chaland after a script by Yann, it’s a slightly tongue-in-cheek history of the magazine…