Nov 202016
 

"The Master of the Black Hosts" p. 1 excerpt ('Le Maître des hosties noires'; ill. Schwartz & Yann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; image from dupuis.com)

The first few pages of Le Maître des hosties noires (“The Master of the Black Hosts”), the upcoming one-shot by Schwartz & Yann, will no doubt run soon in the Journal de Spirou. But they are already featured on the Dupuis site and posted by Schwartz to Facebook. So here, following on the recently featured covers, is a scanlation sneak peek… Continue reading »

Jul 172016
 

Summer contest strip, from 'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Every summer the Journal de Spirou runs a reader contest, with strips of different comics that each offer a clue on some particular theme. This year each strip includes a coded reference to some other comic from the magazine. Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry, colors by Laurence Croix, is in the special summer issue, #4082–4083, currently out. Shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out… (Check out previous years’ entries here, here and here.)

By the way, shades also of Fournier’s X75 strip

Jul 102016
 

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor 11th Commandment", ad for Spirou subscription from 'Les Bonnes Soirées' ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 11; ill. Jijé; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

The “Friends of Spirou” Code of Honor only has nine commandments. But the comic strips Jijé made from them were not just a means to communicate the Code; they also served a secondary purpose. They were printed in Dupuis’ other magazines – Le Moustique and Les Bonnes Soirées – to advertise the Journal de Spirou and convince parents of the wholesome values the comic and its fan club stood for. And so as part of this advertising, Jijé also created one more strip (let’s call it the eleventh commandment, to set it off from the “real” Code), to emphasize a point perhaps even more important from the publisher’s point of view: Never miss an issue of Spirou!

No less relevant today, you can heed this important message by subscribing here, no matter where you are in the world. Continue reading »