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Old 11-24-09, 11:27 AM
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What would you say are the most special comic book series from different countries?

I've been a fan of comic books since I've been a kid. But there have been some books which are such re-readable masterpieces. I'm not talking about like a particular issue of a comic, but more like just one title that is very special for many years. For example, I think these are some special ones:

FRANCE/BELGIUM: Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke
JAPAN: Astro Boy
USA: Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes
CHINA: Old Master Q

How about from other countries?
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I was always partial to Condorito growing up. If you like Old Master Q, you might like Condorito. (Based on the Wiki article on OMQ I read).
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I was always partial to Condorito growing up. If you like Old Master Q, you might like Condorito. (Based on the Wiki article on OMQ I read).
Is it possible to find any Condority in Print translated into English?
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I think so... It looks like the Chilean website has some comics translated to English. But the site has newspaper strips which are limited to the usual three panels. I don't find them to be as good as the originals (which could take up to a page or more).

Looks like Amazon sells Condorito for $0.10 used: http://www.amazon.com/Condorito-Adve...0971566&sr=8-2

The Wiki article may give you a good perspective on the character(s) and if it's something worth looking into.

Another great Latin American comic strip is Mafalda. This one was published in the 60s and 70s and had a lot of political views (always given by the lead character, a 6-year old girl). If I remember, publication ceased partly due to pressure from the Argentinian military regime at the time.

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Looks like Amazon sells Condorito for $0.10 used: [url]
Thanks, I just ordered the book!
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I was always partial to Condorito growing up.
So i got the book, it's funny here and there, but a lot the jokes don't make sense. Maybe it's the translation. I still like it though...
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Re: What would you say are the most special comic book series from different countrie

Just stumbled across a Tintin-lookalike series called Blake and Mortimer. Has anyone read this one?
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Just stumbled across a Tintin-lookalike series called Blake and Mortimer. Has anyone read this one?
Hi David, it's because it's the same Tintin team of artists that were involved with Tintin!

I never liked Blake and Mortimer too much, a little bit too wordy. I actually prefer the animated version more, which is available in the UK:



More Tintin-related books:

BARELLI
Bob De Moor was an assistant artist to Herge, creator of Tintin. He did his own series called BARELLI. These are only in French and are very good too:



TOZO THE PUBLIC SERVANT
This is an online comic (http://tozocomic.com/) created by a British dude. You can also buy the paperback directly from him. Beautiful artwork.
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Hi David, it's because it's the same Tintin team of artists that were involved with Tintin!

I never liked Blake and Mortimer too much, a little bit too wordy. I actually prefer the animated version more, which is available in the UK:



More Tintin-related books:

BARELLI
Bob De Moor was an assistant artist to Herge, creator of Tintin. He did his own series called BARELLI. These are only in French and are very good too:



TOZO THE PUBLIC SERVANT
This is an online comic (http://tozocomic.com/) created by a British dude. You can also buy the paperback directly from him. Beautiful artwork.
Awesome--thanks, toddly. I blind-bought the first B&M volume. Not expecting Tintin II, but have to give it a try. I've read Jo, Zette, and Jocko, of course, and tried some Freddy Lombard. The first book was pretty good but I didn't really get into the second one.
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Um, it took me over two months but I finally finished the first volume of Blake and Mortimer (The Yellow "M"). I was really excited to start it, but yeah, "wordy" is the word, and I kept stopping and starting. The story felt like it should have been really dynamic, but it got really bogged down in all the words, and since it took me so long I didn't get some of the big reveals. I'm going to try another one but it's certainly no Tintin.
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I like the Asterix omnibuses they're putting out: 3-in-1 volumes but the same large size as the singles. I wish they'd do the same for Tintin instead of the economical but small-size books.
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Anyone know anything about Adele Blanc-Sec? I guess it's a movie now, and a book was just released in the U.S. by Fantagraphics.

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Re: What would you say are the most special comic book series from different countrie

The most "special" huh?

Russia: "I Can See What Sarah Palin is Doing From My Backyard"
Mexico: "Jorge and the Magic Short-Bus"
Sweden: "Super Helmet Boy"
USA: "Spawn"
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Re: What would you say are the most special comic book series from different countrie

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Anyone know anything about Adele Blanc-Sec? I guess it's a movie now, and a book was just released in the U.S. by Fantagraphics.

I haven't read it, but I've heard very good things about it. It's about a female detective in early 20th century Paris, and has elements of the supernatural in it. It's done by Jacques Tardi, and Fantagraphics has been reprinting a number of his works over the past 12-18 months.
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Book:



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Italy: Dylan Dog.
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Another interesting one coming from Fantagraphics, Gil Jordan by M. Tillieux



Originally Posted by http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=29811

Interview with Fantagraphics' Kim Thompson:

The two greatest Belgian cartoonists who ever lived are Hergé ("Tintin") and [Andre] Franquin ("Spirou" and "Gaston Lagaffe"). As opinions go, those are as close to unassailable fact as you can get. It’s on the “well, duh” level of whether Jack Kirby is the greatest super-hero artist ever. I would argue that Tillieux and Macherot are tied at #3.

Tillieux, who worked in a cartoony style that sort of split the difference between Hergé’s clear-line semi-realism and Franquin’s rubbery cartooniness, created several series but his best was "Gil Jordan," a private-eye series that debuted the week I was born. Literally, the day I popped out, that was the issue of "Spirou" magazine on the stands. Among its many qualities are the flawlessly moody drawings, Tillieux’s amazing gift for action set pieces -- there’s a dockside chase in the book we’re doing that’s just breathtaking -- and he was the best smart-ass dialogue writer of his generation. It’s basically like Howard Hawks does "Tintin."

Macherot is one of the few Belgian funny-animal cartoonists and "Sibyl-Anne" was his last great series. He draws like a dream, his writing is top-notch and even though it looks innocent there’s a bracing wit and sometimes snarkiness to it. (The irony is that even though among the "Spirou" magazine artists Macherot’s work looks the most childish, it’s actually in some ways the most knowingly adult, in the same way that Barks’s "Donald Duck" is more adult than any “realistic” comic.)

I actually only got into Macherot a few years ago myself for various reasons, but I’ve gotten really obsessed with his work -- which is expensive because it’s all out of print even in Europe and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars getting the books.

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Ah, they're doing another Adele Blanc-Sec in November. Still haven't finished the first one, I admit sheepishly.

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Weird how I didn't think to mention The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
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Wow, did not know about these Tintin staff related books...will have to check them out.

Also I've heard good things about Disney comics in Denmark, particularly Donald Duck.

India has a few good ones in Tinkle comics and the Amar Chitra Katha labels, both of which have a variety of stories including items from history, fables, religious stories as well.

There are also Pran's comics, which include Billoo and Chacha Chaudhary, which are hilarious in how bad the translation is handled.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chacha_Chaudhary
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I read another couple Blake & Mortimer books, and even though they weren't by the original creator, I felt they were better paced than The Yellow "M." Still tons of text, but not as much third-party narration.



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