Best European Graphic Novels/Comics

What are your favorite graphic novels/comics from Europe?

I ask of participants to avoid adding duplicates and, if it's possible, to add English translations.

Also let’s avoid works by European authors for American publishers (an example would be Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons creating Watchmen for DC comics).

Thanks!
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873 books · 290 voters · list created January 28th, 2012 by Sérgio (votes) .
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message 1: by Sérgio (last edited May 27, 2012 03:56AM) (new)

Sérgio I've changed the rules a bit.

Maybe it would be easier to just choose the first books for each series, but I think since most classic series have a story by book it would make more sense that way.

What do you guys/gals think?


message 2: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra It's a different approach. With only the first volume, the list will be a more compact sampling of the range of European graphic novels available. If you permit individual books after the first one the list may grow a lot larger, but it will also reflect the relative popularity and influence of each particular series.

As it is, I note there are already a number of later volumes here.


message 3: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Yes, that's true.

I'm going with this because a lot of series in the main European comics tradition (the franco-belgian one) tend to go for decades and dozens of graphic novels, so the style and the quality of the books tend to change a lot.

For example: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (first book) is very different from The Castafiore Emerald and if people think that that first book is representative of the series they going to have a wrong idea of it.


message 4: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio I had some good advices from participants so I decided to keep the rules simpler.

Thanks!


message 5: by Sunnykimmy (new)

Sunnykimmy How did "Suske en Wiske" not make the list? I know it's written in Dutch but when it comes to European graphic novels it's definitely one of the best (series). That, the "Donald Duck" ones and the "Tina/Noortje" ones. Sadly they're all Dutch. I'm not sure if they've been translated.


message 6: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Sunnykimmy wrote: "How did "Suske en Wiske" not make the list? I know it's written in Dutch but when it comes to European graphic novels it's definitely one of the best (series). That, the "Donald Duck" ones and the ..."

Hi!

You can always add it yourself if you want to.

And you can add an untranslated version in the case where there isn't a translation in English.


message 7: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Deleted a few duplicates from the list:

Le Photographe - Tome 1
Le Photographe - Tome 2
Le Photographe - Tome 3
Isaac Le Pirate, Tome 1: Les Amériques


message 8: by Periklis (new)

Periklis I just added some titles, I checked the list twice and removed a couple I added and were already there. I apologise in advance for any duplicates and/or non-fitting books.


message 9: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Hey there Periklis. Thanks for voting on this list, you added plenty of cool stuff.

However there's a bunch of books I'm not sure should be in the list.

Like, you added some books created only by argentinian creators. If they are by a non-europena and a european I just they can be on the list. But not if both creators are non-europeans.

Juan Giménez:

Leo Roa: The True Tales of Leo Roa
The Fourth Power

Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso

Vampire Boy
Borderline, Vol. 1
Eduardo Risso's Tales of Terror

Ricardo Barreiro:

Cain

There's also some all american creators books I think:

The Silent City
by Erez Yakin (apparently he's from New York)

Dominion

and FLYWIRES


I think the rest is OK. Just tell me what you think about the books I mentioned if you can.


message 10: by Periklis (new)

Periklis Hey Sergio, thanks for creating this list in the first place. You're right about your remarks and I have removed the conflicting books. I left David Loyd's Kickback Despite being published by Dark Horse. I think the original commision was from a Spanish publisher. I'm really not sure...
One thing that I kept thinking upon is the definition of European creators, by market. In the case of "Metabarons", both creators are Latin American (Jodorowsky is Chilean & Gimenez from Argentina?) but were published by an iconic European publisher (Metal Hurlant) while Jodorowsky lived & worked (and continues to do so) in France. It's not an argument, just something to think upon, especially in Jodorowsky's case.


message 11: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Thanls for erasing the books. Actually you could have kept one of them - Apocalypse: The Eyes of Doom' writer is italian so it's ok to have it on the list.

I think you're right about Kickback. Wikipedia says it was published first in Europe.


Yeah, I was thinking about that too. It's very hard to decide one way or another. What you said about Jodorowsky is true. I won't take a position either way so if you want to add it, I won't erase it. Only if other voters complain about it.


message 12: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio I've noticed a similar case to the Metabarons one. Aldebaran is written and drawn by Léo, a brazilian who has lived and created comics in France for over thirty years.

I wont' erase either since they can be considered in the border of what can be called European comics.


message 13: by Periklis (new)

Periklis indeed, from his amazon bio: "In 1974, he was back in Brazil and decided to devote himself to drawing. When Leo discovered European graphic novels, he decided to try his luck in France and settled in Paris in 1981."


message 14: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio I've erased a couple of books

Icaro , which was scripted by Moebius but has art by Taniguchi and was first published in Japan

Den: Neverwhere, because Richard Corben is an american


If someone of more books that shouldn't be here let me know


message 15: by Alice (new)

Alice Sunnykimmy wrote: "How did "Suske en Wiske" not make the list? I know it's written in Dutch but when it comes to European graphic novels it's definitely one of the best (series). That, the "Donald Duck" ones and the ..."

Hey! "Suske en Wiske" definitely is a classic!Those were so good! And they were indeed translated, at least they were in French, though the name is very different: It's called "Bob et Bobette". But it's funny I was so sure it was Belgian (Flemish) and not Dutch! Oh well, the more you know :)


message 16: by Silent_bomber (last edited May 12, 2015 04:49AM) (new)

Silent_bomber Going by the OP's rules (avoid US publishers) these ones don't seem to qualify -

"The Tale of One Bad Rat" was originally published by American company Dark Horse. "History of Violence" was published by one of DC's imprints in the US and was created by two Americans (though to be fair John Wagner has spent most of his life in Scotland). I'm pretty sure that Cromwell Stone was Dark Horse and that those Discworld comics were US adaptations of the British novels. The Last American was definitely originally by Epic Comics (a Marvel imprint).

"Heart of Empire" was published by Dark Horse, but its the sequel of "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" which was originally published in the UK by Valkyrie Press (and others).


message 17: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 14, 2015 07:24AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Alice wrote: "But it's funny I was so sure it was Belgian (Flemish) and not Dutch! Oh well, the more you know :)
..."


Willy Vandersteen is indeed Belgian, if that is what you meant. He was born in 1913 in Antwerp, where he died in 1990. Several of the original Suske en Wiske comic books were translated into English as Willy and Wanda / Spike and Suzy. See also the Suske en Wiske series on GR.


message 18: by Silent_bomber (last edited May 10, 2015 04:19PM) (new)

Silent_bomber I added "Miracleman Book 3 - Olympus" by mistake, I forgot that Miracleman only got to the halfway point of Book 2 before the UK title was cancelled. The end of Book 2, and Book 3 were first published in the US by Eclipse Comics IIRC.

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Anyway -

"Arctic Nation" (#20) is included in "Blacksad" (#34)

and

"Desolation Jones" (#415) and "Ministry of Space" (#409) are US published comics.


message 19: by Dr (new)

Dr Dabbler Is this list strictly for continental Europe, or also UK?


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 14, 2015 06:36AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Dr wrote: "Is this list strictly for continental Europe, or also UK?"

It says 'from Europe', so in my humble opinion that would include the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Malta and even Cyprus. If not, the desciption should have said so... :-)


message 21: by Silent_bomber (last edited May 14, 2015 07:00AM) (new)

Silent_bomber I think that the description referring to Alan Moore as a "European author" indicates that this is for all of Europe, not just continental Europe.

The list creator also voted for a few UK graphic novels himself.


message 22: by Sérgio (new)

Sérgio Silent_bomber wrote: "I think that the description referring to Alan Moore as a "European author" indicates that this is for all of Europe, not just continental Europe.

The list creator also voted for a few UK graphic..."


You're right about this Silent Bomber UK published comics are allowed (as I say in the description).

Also, thanks for the tips. I'll make corrections right away. :)


message 23: by Silent_bomber (new)

Silent_bomber Crecy (#434) was from US publisher Avatar Press


message 24: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Cravo I casted my votes and added three titles:
- Histoire sens herós, from Dany and Van Hamme
- Les guardiens du Maser (vol 1), from Frezzato
- El Mercenario (vol 1), from Segrelles

I had to add the Portuguese editions because when I tried the original titles they wouldn't show up.


message 25: by Silent_bomber (new)

Silent_bomber Voted for a few more, slowly working my way through lols

Am I the only one who thinks its a shame that Tintin dominates the top of the list as much as it does? I don't hate it or anything its just that I'd rather the top 20 was a little bit more diverse than it is.


message 26: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I added "Yellow Negros" by Yvan Alagbe even though this first time translation was published in the US by New York Review of Books because his work was originally published in France. Hope that follows the guidelines.


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