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A year of free comics: Brecht Evens’ Idulfania will make you want to learn Dutch

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Brecht Evens’ Panther (published in the US by D&Q) was a sleeper for many of the year’s best of lists. The story of a girl whose imaginary friend turns imaginary fiend touches on many deep themes: adolescence, grieving, even the internet’s obsession with cats. Like his previous English language books,  The Wrong Place (a lothario on the run) and  The Making Of (a pretentious arts festival reveals he cracks in a small town), Panther is illustrated in Evens’ signature can’t-look-away splash of colors and shapes. Every panel is a watercolor original.

In his native Belgium, Evens had an ongoing comic strip called Idulfania, which ran from 2011 to 2012. This is a little cheat for this series of free comics, as it’s written in Dutch and hasn’t been translated, but it’s fairy tale punchlines are pretty universal and you’ll scroll through looking at the astonishing art.

PS: I don’t speak Dutch and have no idea if there’s more to the Idulfania story, so feel free to ad in the comments.

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  1. translation of the final comic

    first panel

    griffin: i’ll spare your life if you can solve this riddle: “what insect weaves a web to catch his prey?”

    dude: well…

    second panel

    dude: … i thínk you mean a spider, but…

    griffin: but WHAT!?

    dude: a spider actually isn’t an insect…

    third panel

    dude: …eight legs…

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