[[caption-width-right:245:Our hero, [[{{VisualPun}} sitting on his ass.]]]]
'''''Philémon''''' is a [[{{Main/FrancoBelgianComics}} Franco-Belgian]] comic written by Fred ([[{{Main/PenName}} full name]] Frédéric Othon Théodore Aristidès) across sixteen volumes published between 1978 and 2013. The story revolves around the titular character Philémon, a [[{{Main/LazyBum}} lazy lay-about]] with an overactive imagination and his travels to the mysterious “Lettres de l'Ocean Atlantique”, a chain of mystical islands that form the letters “Ocean Atlantique” (Atlantic Ocean in French) on maps and globes, with rules and physics highly reminiscent of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''

The series is notable for its highly surreal art and frequent BreakingTheFourthWall (such as characters manipulating actual panels to move the plot forward). Regarded as one of the most original and poetic Franco-Belgian comics ever written, [[{{Main/NoDubForYou}} it has only just begun]] to be translated out of its native French as of 2014, a year after the author's death.

!!These works contain examples of:
* AgentScully: Philémon's dad. Even after taking a trip to the mystical world of the Letters, he steadfastly refuses to believe any of the outlandish adventures told by Philémon, his uncle Félicien and Barthélémy ever occured
** Borders on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. His dad's skepticisms prevents him from seeing many unusual going-ons, causing a self-enforced WeirdnessCensor.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A defining characteristic of the comic. The position of individual panels is frequently abused and manipulated for its surreal effect, such as a character climbing down from one panel to another or liquid pouring out of the frame onto panels below.
** An extreme example occurs in during Volume 6 when the plot fails to progress forward and the protagonist can't figure out why they keep passing the same tree over and over again. Turns out the panel containing the next sequence has fallen over and needs to be straightened.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: “Le Monde des Lettres” (The World of Letters) itself.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Occurs frequently since [[spoiler: each entrance to Le Monde des Lettres can only be used once.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Philémon in Le Monde des Lettres.
* InsaneTrollLogic: What Le Monde des Lettres frequently runs on.
* LazyBum: Philémon. Spends his days idly wandering the countryside with his donkey Anatole and frequently dodges his chores and dad.
* PenName: Author/artist Fred's full name is Frédéric Othon Théodore Aristidès.
* PerspectiveMagic: One of the methods used to travel to the other world involves a magic telescope. By looking at a subject through either end, the subject is made larger or smaller in the same proportions as the magnification.