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[[caption-width:390:Now ''that's'' localized snowfall.]]

''Le Génie des Alpages'' is a French-Belgian comic book series by Richard Peyzaret, who uses the idiosyncratic PenName F'murrr.

The series is a humoristic take on life in the ''alpages'', the high-altitude grazing fields where sheep are traditionally sent to spend the summer in the French Alps. The main characters are Athanase the young shepherd, his unnamed pet dog, and the restless, squabbling sheep.

The humor is firmly of the [[DadaComics absurd]] type, and partly inspired by Creator/MontyPython. Random developments such as the vegetation picking itself up by the roots and walking about, or a sentient fog playing accordion with the mountains, are to be expected. Beyond the absurdity, the tone of the series is gently anarchist, with authority figures being turned into ridicule.

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!This comic series contains examples of:

* AcidRefluxNightmare: Eating cheese fondue for dinner caused the dog to have a weird nightmare.
* {{Arcadia}}: Subverted at times, but generally played straight. The mountain grazing fields are depicted as clean and pristine (if completely wacky), and the few [[CitySlicker city slickers]] who come up from the valleys are mostly fools or intrusive busibodies.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Mammoth-sized sheep are just another example of comic absurdity.
* BlindingBangs: The dog's shaggy hair always hides his eyes.
* BunglingInventor: The dog has, among other things, invented miniature sentient automata and a process to mass-produce genies' lamps.
* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Romuald...
* TheChick: The female shepherd from the valley next door.
* DadaComics
* DreadfulMusician: One of the sheep plays bagpipes so atrociously, it creates localized earthquakes.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
* HumanPopsicle: The ovine equivalent. A primitive, [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology mammoth-sized sheep]] is discovered frozen inside a glacier. The sheep melt the ice around him and successfully revive him.
* IntoxicationEnsues: At one point, the old shepherd begins to hallucinate and has a conversation with his long-dead father. Turns out the dog had laced his pipe tobacco with weed.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Inverted (sort of) as Romuald is the only ram among countless sheeps.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The various characters usually use a very classy-sounding and [[AntiquatedLinguistics complicated]] [[PerfectlyCromulentWord language]]... and then start spouting slang, if not swears.
* TheNameless: The name of the dog is never revealed. Lampshaded when he asks a sheeps who fancies himself the ovine Einstein, "What is my name?", and since the latter didn't know, the whole universe disappeared. [[StatusQuoIsGod Until the next page, that is.]]
* PutOnABus: The older shepherd, a main character in the early books, pretty much drops out of the series later on.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', by having the prince show up at one point asking for a stranded airplane pilot, logically, to draw him a sheep.
** To the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' with the "Silver Skater".
* TalkingAnimal: The shepherd dog, the sheep, and just about every other animal that shows up.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Athanase has a seemingly infinite collection of wool sweaters, which he wears one on top of another.

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