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New Poll - European Comics
A few months ago, we did a poll about American comics. residentgrigo felt it would be fair to do a similar poll for our friends in Europe. I'm not expecting this to be a popular poll, but oh well. I don't believe I've ever read any European comic, not even The Adventures of Tintin.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: I...
Choices:
Regularly practice (a) religion - votes: 1069 (14.3%)
Believe in (a) religion but don't regularly practice (aka nominal) - votes: 1487 (19.9%)
Am struggling with religious belief - votes: 465 (6.2%)
Am agnostic - votes: 2075 (27.8%)
Am an atheist - votes: 2379 (31.8%)
There were 7475 total votes.
The poll ended: September 24th 2016

I didn't even know what an apatheist was before this poll...
Posted by lambchopsil on September 24th 3:39am Comments ( 17 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» calstine on September 24th, 2016, 1:05am

Just a little. I have the complete series of Tintin and Asterix and what few Jo, Zette and Jocko books there are, but that's about it. Even though the number of different American comic series I've read is higher, I don't particularly like any of them except Garfield and haven't completed a single one, so I'd say European comics agree with me more. Anything from the western world that's not American is very difficult to get hold of in my country and are nearly twice the price of American stuff because of the exchange rate, so that's probably why I've so little European comics in my library. A pity, though. I'd like to try more.

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» GuttedGnome on September 24th, 2016, 1:26am

More than American (nothing today, only a few comics like Spiderman, Donald Duck and a few others back in the 90s) less than Japanese. Haven't read any in a few years now but otherwise I'll read Herman Hedning, Hälge, Asterix, XIII and Gaston. There are more Swedish comics (yes, I know the last 3 I mentioned aren't Swedish) that I'm reading when I remember but I've forgotten their names.
Oh! I also have the entire collection of The Adventures of Tintin which also is uncensored (racist African stereotypes yay! jk) if that counts for something. eek

Now that I think about it I should dig out all my comics and re-read them. smile

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» residentgrigo on September 24th, 2016, 2:46am

Lots, but I read more manga, and way more US comics too. The main problem is discoverability, so i just try out the first 15-20 pages of interesting looking 1st entry albums by new talent, outside of established authors of course.
The biggest appeal of EU comics is the art. The production values about 60 pages a year (or even less frequent publications) get is though the roof. Here is Blacksad:
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Go with it, the standalone Blue Is the Warmest Color (the overrated movie somewhat butchered it), or The Eagles of Rome for short-ish / entry level newer work.
Alejandro Jodorowsky books, especially his work with Mbius, is where it´s truly at.
These are very "advanced" though, so try out Jean Van Hamme´s long running mystery books as XIII or Largo Winch if you want bread and butter stories. All of these are R-rated, but the very expensive art form tends to aim older. There is a high amount of good biographical / non-fiction books as A Spring at Chernobyl too.
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Adaptations of EU comics lastly tend to suck. The highlight would be Ubisoft´s XIII shooter.

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» Cthylla on September 24th, 2016, 3:34am

It never crossed my mind that such a thing would exist.

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» KaoriNite on September 24th, 2016, 5:13am

same. I don't think I know any European comics. Are there any really famous ones?

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» residentgrigo on September 24th, 2016, 6:52am

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are some of the bestselling comics of all time and all continue to be adapted to this day. Spielberg even did a Tintin movie and Hergés´s Ligne claire art-style is world renowned.
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would be an example of a EU comic for adults with an endless amount of adaptations.
Alan Moore technically started as one too. Recognize him? (DC finished V, i know.)
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» KaoriNite on September 24th, 2016, 7:26pm

Thanks for the examples. I've heard of Tin Tin but never read the comics or watched the cartoon. And never read or watched V for Vendetta. The other ones I have no clue what they are so I guess they didn't become that popular in America.

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» Bronia on September 24th, 2016, 8:50am

I used to own Blue Is The Warmest Colour, which is a French comic originally. Unfortunately it got stolen and I don't like it enough to drop the $20+ to replace it. That said, I have indeed read a couple of other European comics from the library (one series actually. Alta Donna or something? Cool art, confusing story.) I defs read a lot more manga

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» Homura_Heart on September 24th, 2016, 10:40am

Never read a European Comic. But, I don't see why not.

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» mikako17 on September 24th, 2016, 11:20am

I've only read two Swedish webcomics and wish more European comics were accessible.

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» Breizh on September 24th, 2016, 1:53pm

I've read lots but more manga.

There are really good "bandes dessinées" from France and belgium like XIII, Blueberry, tramp, les passagers du vent, H.M.S. - His Majesty's Ship

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» Natsuki@ on September 24th, 2016, 1:56pm

Well I've read a little since I live in Europe, not sure if the Donald Duck Disney stuff counts but Willy and Wanda (Suske en Wiske) does. Well this is about 16 years ago and then there were not many in the library to borrow and the internet was not possible for met at that time.

So I've been reading manga for about 10 years never really was into the European or American comics so it only was a little. If I would count the comic page in the newspaper it would be more but it's not like I'm looking specifically for any comics other than manga.

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» MinatoAce on September 24th, 2016, 10:49pm

Just a little.
But, the real answer is I used to read a lot...but, hardly reading any these days. It's the same for any kinda comic in general atm.

As a kid I was a huge fan of Tintin & Asterix (The Adventures of Jo, Jet and Joko, a little, not much)...I bought all the books, then read & reread whenever I got bored or simply feel like it. It was a very happy reading for me back then. I still do read them once in a while.

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» svines85 on September 25th, 2016, 9:22am

Wow, I'd never even thought about European comics. It's not like it comes as a surprise to me that they exist or anything like that......but yeah, never even thought of there being such a thing biggrin

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» CancerSnatcher on September 25th, 2016, 12:41pm

The only one I can think of is the adventures of tin tin. I saw the movie but I've never touched one of the comics in my life.

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» vkoi on September 25th, 2016, 1:23pm

I read quite many. Mostly they are weird little independent Finnish comics though... Corto Maltese, a very popular Italian comic, has been recommended to me again and again by trustworthy sources; I'll have to read it some day. Akku Ankka, or the Finnish version of Donald Duck, actually contains very clever, even literary language at it's best, and is considered good reading for children and foreigners, like me, to develop language skill. Actually, Finland has a great comics scene, but I don't think many of them get translated.

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» punchmanga on September 27th, 2016, 11:55am

I'm hype for Horion

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