Category Archives: Comics

Belgian comics for Belgian chocolate

All through his career, Hergé produced various advertising campaigns featuring his characters. They promoted everything from cars to margarine and washing detergent to cigars. With the international success of Tintin, these campaigns were mostly for international brands, but in the … Continue reading

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Robbedoes has Dutch roots

With Tulips from Istanbul, the latest in the Spirou By spinoff series of Spirou and Fantasio adventures, Dutch cartoonist Hanco Kolk has created the first Spirou book that is quintessentially Dutch. For once, the original story is not in French, … Continue reading

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Close but no comic

As with anything that can garner a loyal (if not fanatic) niche following, comics-related imagery are used on any item that even remotely has a collectible value. Case in point today, cigar bands. Often referred to (at least by me) … Continue reading

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The Möbius Comic

In addition to his quite remarkable autobiographical strips, John “Nohj” Cullen likes to skirt the boundaries of what is possible in short comics with his Gramfel series, if not simply how far you can take a Garfield parody without getting … Continue reading

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Better With Mobile Phones?

When you’re watching movies from the eighties or older, you often wonder how much of the drama and misunderstanding might be avoided with the technology that we have today. UK telecom provider Plusnet asked themselves the same thing, and came … Continue reading

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Marvel goes bazooka

One of the most peculiar uses of comics in a marketing context, is the Bazooka Joe comic. For roughly sixty years (from 1952 onwards), Topps included a short comic with its Bazooka Joe brand of bubblegum, chronicling the adventures of … Continue reading

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Smurfs are from everywhere

It would seem that what is currently commonly known as commercial property development in comics (i.e. creation of a comic for a different reason than basically telling a story, but rather to sell stuff or prepare for a movie deal) is … Continue reading

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