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Can anyone recomend the best european comics

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Initial post: Jun 17, 2011 9:14:22 AM PDT
I've discovered that there are a ton of european comics that I haven't heard about, and many of them are mysteries, comedy, horror, and sci-fi, things that until recently you could find very little of in America. I've already got metabarons which I've heard great things about. I'm wondering though... which are the best ?
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Posted on Jun 17, 2011 11:08:59 AM PDT
Ivan says:
To get the ball rolling: Incal from Jodorowsky and Moebius, Asterix from Goscinny and Uderzo.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 3:03:04 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 17, 2011 3:05:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 17, 2011 11:30:23 PM PDT
I recommend the TinTin comics by Herge -they're kids comics, but they're great.
Other recommendations
No Pasaran by Vittorio Giardino, political drama with great, subvtle art and great color.
The Airtight Garage by Moebius -psychedelic science fiction
(I think Moebius is one of the most important cartoonists working anywhere)

Dead Memory by Marc-Antoine Mathieu -philosophical science fiction
Epileptic by David B -moving family memoir
Aya by Marguerite Abouet -teenage hijinks in Africa
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle -fascinating nonfiction
Exterminator 13 by Enki Bilal &
Memories of Outer Space by Enki Bilal -action packed science fiction
Notes from a War Story by Gipi -young people dealing with growing up, and war erupting around them in the balkans.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 11:33:19 PM PDT
Oh, and you mentioned mystery-

West Coast Blues by Jacques Tardi is a great hard-boiled mystery story.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 1:33:16 PM PDT
Nathaniel says:
No contest...Moebius aka Giraud; read all the Blueberry series (most are in French) but I have a really poor translation of all those volumes if you're desperate. I've spent some years slowly working my way through them)
Another gem is the "Les Passengers du Vent" by Bourgeon and another tale spanning 4 volumes "Les Compagnons du Crespules" (again a piss poor translation is available if you're desperate)
Dorison and Lauffray are in the middle of Long John Silver and I suggest you basically get over to Amazon in France and checkout the reviews of any bande desinee...then start spending.
I use Babelfish to translate online and can get through a typical book in a couple of weeks. It's not perfect but as I cannot speak French is a great way to read stuff you would otherwise never hear about outside of France or Belgium.
Good hunting!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 9:42:26 PM PDT
Z. Guerrette says:
A couple of books translated for the American market that I would recommend would be Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (a noir crime series featuring anthropomorphized animals and amazing art) and The Killer series by Matz and Luc Jacamon ( a slow burn assassin story told from the killer's perspective

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 8:41:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2011 8:44:14 AM PDT
@ mat, I've thought about getting what I can of moebius, but I don't know where to start. Are any stories of his completed here? Oh, and west coast blues sounds great.

@ nathaniel, thanks for suggesting the babel fish :)

@ z thanks, I wasn't interested in black sad from the cover (not that it was bad), and now I am. I had gotten the impression it was like a comic memoir. I've seen the killer. Is it french? I ask because I'm not sure how good the french are at writing :). After watching the movie _memory of a killer_ (I think that's it), I was left wondering lol. Anyways, thanks.

Curious, have any of you read any modesty blaise? And do you know where I can find a list of -only- english liscensed european publishers?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 6:31:36 AM PDT
All Ages comics: The best Tintin books are great works of art, particuarly the "Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun" 2 volume story. "Tintin in Tibet" is a haunting spiritual masterpiece, but maybe you need to have read a few of the regular Tintin books to truly appreciate it.

The Seven Crystal Balls (The Adventures of Tintin)
Tintin - Prisoners of the Sun
Tintin in Tibet

The best Smurf books are actually great. "The Purple Smurfs" is like a George Romero zombie movie for kids. "The Smurf King" is truly politically subversive, and it's one of the most perfect graphic albums.

The Smurfs #1: The Purple Smurfs (Smurfs Graphic Novels)
The Smurfs #3: The Smurf King (Smurfs Graphic Novels)

Be sure to get the upcoming "Sibyl-Anne Versus Ratticus" Sybil-Anne vs. Ratticus (Sybil-Anne) from Fantagraphics, this funny animal story is as well told as the best Pixar movies. The other books in Fantagraphics new series of european all ages books are worth checking out:

The Littlest Pirate King
Toys in the Basement
Murder by High Tide: Gil Jordan, Private Detective (Gil Jordan)


The incal is the most readable Moebius story, and a new printing of the complete hardcover should hopefully be out soon.
The Incal: Classic Collection

JOann Sfar's "The Rabbi's Cat" is great, and it will be out as an animated movie soon:
The Rabbi's Cat

Lewis Trondheim is one of the greatest cartoonists alive
Kaput and Zosky
Little Nothings 1: The Curse of the Umbrella (v. 1)

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 7:35:09 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 11:03:26 AM PDT
Juan Vargas says:
Non American comics are a hard find on this side of the planet. But, of the few things Ive managed, I can recommend Blacksad and The Killer. Those two are originally in french and can be found here on amazon translated and published by Dark Horse and Archaia Press respectively (two publishers known for high quality prints).

Beyond that, Moebius allways get mentioned and I plan to buy some of his work when I get the chance.

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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 3:02:57 PM PDT
@ everyone
Thanks, I've been doing a little research for a few days and came across through wikipedia, I wonder *shrugs* can you help on something else? There are tons of comics listed on that site, and I wouldn't know where to begin. While I'll definitely eventually find my way to tin tin, blue berry, and smurfs, I wonder if anyone knows what classics (aside from Incal) are a little more adult oriented?

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 3:22:44 AM PDT
The classic period for adult style comics in europe were the 1970s and early 80s. The only truly classic books currently in print are Fantagraphics series of Tardi books. There are rumors that HUgo Pratt's "Corto Maltese" will soon be translated.

plenty of modern day French grown up comics though. My favourites are Satrapi's "Persepolis", David B's "Epileptic" and Emmanuel Guibert's "Alan's War".

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 3:28:13 AM PDT
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I made this list of new french comics on amazon:

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 9:30:27 AM PDT
@ Mich

Thanks for the info. I'm definitely looking at Kaput and zosky, alieeen, black sad and a few others.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2011 4:05:09 AM PDT
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My top recommendations would be:
- The IDW Publishing Torpedo series.(Torpedo Volume 1)
- The new Dark Horse Manara Library (The Manara Library Volume 1)
- The Fantagraphics Tardi books (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec: Pterror Over Paris / The Eiffel Tower Demon (Vol. 1) (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec))
- Fantasy Flight Publishings Percevan (The Legend of Percevan Volume 1 (v. 1))

Apart from being good reads, these books are lovely to have and to hold and a decoration to any bookshelf. There are a lot of other good stuff, much mentioned here. I would want to mention: Anything by Sfar, Hermann, Christophe Blain, Émile Bravo. The full Donjon/Dungeons series, Persepolis by Marianne Satrapi, I could go on forever.

And btw, is my site :)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 7:33:03 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 8, 2011 11:52:55 PM PDT
Burnel says:
sorry for my english, but I live in France and I want to give you my opinion about waht kind of comics or "bd" must be read from France:

- Incal (Moebius)
- blueberry (Moebius)
- corto maltese (Hugo pratt)
-Universal war one (Denis bajram)
- la brigade chimérique (lehman, Gess)
- Peter pan (Loisel)
- magasin général (Loisel)
- blacksad (Canales, Guarnido)
- la légende des contrées oubliées (Chevalier, Ségur)
- Thorgal (Rosinski, Van Hamme
- lapinot (Trondheim)
- donjons (Trondheim, Sfar)
- le combat ordinaire (Larcenet)
- L'autoroute du soelil (Baru)
- Pinocchio (Winshluss)
- Sanctuaire (Dorison, Bec)
- c'était la guerre des Tranchées (Tardi)
- Mutafukaz (Run)
- freak's squeele (Maudoux)
- les bidochon (Binet)
- Rubrique-à-brac (gotlib)
- Asterix (Uderzo, Goscinny)
- les Schtroumpfs (Peyo)
- Spirou et Fantasio (Franquin)
- gaston Lagaffe (Franquin)
- idées noires (Franquin))
- Tintin (Hergé)


Posted on Jan 7, 2012 5:04:22 PM PST
dylyn says:
These are mostly series and I think they're all available in English.

"Raptors" by Dufaux & Marini
"Wake" by Morvan & Buchet
"The Shipwrecks of Ythaq" by Arleston & Floch
"The Nikopol Trilogy" by Enki Bilal
"Aquablue" by Cailleteau & Vatine
"The Keepers of the Maser" by Frezzato
"Gipsy" by Marini
"The Fires of Askell" by Arleston & Mourier

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:02:10 PM PST
also perfect.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 8:27:29 PM PST
Alex says:
Try Lone Lee by Alex
You should like it ;-)
Lone Lee - The hymn of the Voiceless

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 2:39:32 AM PST
Komikero says:
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