Comics only known in your country

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by The Dutch Ghost, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Hello all,

    I have always been a big comics fans since I was little, starting with comics in my own language and later when I learned how to read English expanding into comics that are from other countries, particularly ones that never got a Dutch language translation because no publisher here was interested in getting the rights for them.
    Perhaps some publishers thought there was no market for them in my country.

    A lot of American comics such as superhero ones are of course well known across the world.
    Manga and other Asian comics (or graphic albums) are also becoming increasingly more popular in the last twenty years. And several series were already known in the US during the 80s and the 90s.

    European comics is a bit of an interesting case as some European comic series have been well known outside of Europe such as Tintin and Asterix, and there have been attempts to bring other European comics to international attention. One I think of for example is Thorgal which is a comic about a viking and his family though despite this premise it involves both science fiction and the supernatural/mythological (Thorgal and his family members have from time to time had encounters with beings from the Norse pantheon and others)
    Especially this last decade there has been more of an effort to translate European comics into English so that readers from other countries can read series that previously never left Europe (or you needed to be able to read French, Spanish, Italian, etc), finally discovering some of the gems they have been missing out on.

    Still there are a lot of comics I think that have never left the shores or borders of their native country, or perhaps only found fame in neighboring countries but not further.
    Sometimes this is because the comic would not really work for an audience of a different country because the comic relies to much on local culture (expressions and such) that doesn't translate well into a foreign language.

    One comic I for example am thinking of is Urbanus, a comic based on a Belgian/Flemish comedian. (he is one of the writers on the comics)
    It could be considered as some kind of marketing gimmick and perhaps it was for a while but it has pretty much become its own thing since then. I would not be surprised that some people would recognize the comedian from the comics rather than from his sketches and a couple of movies he played in.

    In the comic the eponymous Urbanus is a young boy, thought already having a beard, who lives with his parents Caesar and Eufrazie and his pets, a super smart fly called Amedee, and a dog cut in two (it makes sense when you read the comic) Nabuko Donosor, in the small Flemish village of Tollembeek (home of the real Urbanus) where he pulls of all kinds of pranks and capers, much to the suffering of the rest of the inhabitants.

    It is kind of a strange mix of all ages and an underground comic because the comic us not above mentioning sex or nearly depicting it and various other mature subjects. The main character himself is a big pervert and sex maniac and most of the male inhabitants of the village including the priest aren't that much better.

    Stories often range from the absurd to the almost insane, dealing with subjects like gambling, medical experiments but also elements like fantasy and science fiction.
    Some of the characters that make an appearance in the comic include famous Belgians, the former Belgian king and the current one, the devil, and even god who sometimes finds himself under the control of Urbanus.
    The comic also often parodies other known Flemish or European comics or characters of other series make a guest appearance in the comic.

    So which comics are popular in your country but never made it to the international market?
  2. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish Snug Rubber

    Sep 11, 2010
    Rocky's pretty popular, or at least used to be. It's a comic strip that runs in various swedish newspapers and stuff but it also is its own magazine. It features various interviews mainly surrounding the music industry as well. The comic itself is an exaggerated autobiographical series that follows the life of the writer and whatever he gets up to.

    (Rocky's the dog)

    Unfortunately, I can't find any comic strips in English. Hell it's difficult to even find a comic strip in swedish.
    Here's one though:

    But in short: He's pissed that the small fish are just sitting there with their mouths lazily open waiting for worms to feed themselves to them. He gets pissed and wants them to fuck off so a big fish can nab the hook. Then he gets pissed and exclaims that now it isn't about catching a fish to eat, now he wants to catch a small one just so he can torture it with cigarettes because he's so pissed off and the girl finds it uncomfortable and in the last panel he's gone so off the wall that he says that the fish don't deserve the last three worms he still has, in fact... He's going to have them for himself!

    You know how when you have to explain a joke it isn't funny anymore? Yeah the comic itself is funnier than my explanation of it.
  3. Ediros

    Ediros Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Feb 4, 2016
    This one, basically Asterix and Obelix, but without magic potion: 81-kajko-i-kokosz-tom-10-szk.jpg
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  4. MayonaiseCream

    MayonaiseCream It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 22, 2017
  5. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    This thread should be titled No Americans Allowed. :mrgreen:
  6. MayonaiseCream

    MayonaiseCream It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 22, 2017
    Please no!!! But I get your point, I'll just be quiet next time I see a post that might trigger your opinion. :(
  7. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    Nah just saying American comics are like cancer - they are everywhere.
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  8. Millim

    Millim Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Oct 13, 2010
    Over here in the UK, a lot of our comics are well known elsewhere.

    However, we have a few that kind of slip under the radar.

    Oor Wullie used to be a favourite of mine when I was younger. It's a Scottish comic published in a Scottish newspaper. I've not read it in years or even remember much, but it used to be a fun read.


    It comes from the same company as Dandy and Beano (I'm pretty sure the Dandy is starting to fall into obscurity considering it hasn't been published in years).
  9. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010

    Abrafaxe and Digedags were two comic series from Eastern Germany, both about three gnome-like dudes who travel through history.
    While I think they're only really known in Germany (and they're barely known here), they might have some international acclaim because the Abrafaxe is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest continuous comic story. No reboots for glorious socialist comics.
    Reminds me of Perry Rhodan, a SciFi novella pulp series that has been continuing without reboots since 1961, making it the biggest and most expansive Space Operas around.
  10. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Germany has quite a tradition in comics or graphic albums hassknecht, like France and Belgium.
    Any more note worthy series or characters that never made it out of Germany?

    Perry Rhodan, you once told me about that I think in a PM.
    I saw those... "magazines"? or issues here in the Netherlands many years ago but I don't think they are published here any more.
    Or they are simply not at any of the stores that I visit.
  11. Alphons

    Alphons National Beholder

    Aug 9, 2017

    Tytus, Romek i A'tomek is about two boy scouts and their monkey friend going on crazy adventures. First published in 1957, it's the longest going Polish comic book series (the most recent one came out in September 2019).

    Kapitan Żbik is a detective comic book about a captain of Citizen Militia solving crimes. It was supposed to soften the image of communist henchmen, but comic books are pretty good on their own.
  12. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars.

    Jan 23, 2022
    VIZ No idea how widely read this is. Been going a long time. Surreal . Billy the Fish played in goal for a football/soccer team.

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