Zannablů is an Italian comic talking about a boar with blue tusks ("Zannablů" actually means "Blue tusk") and his crazy adventures. Really crazy.While the series is mostly made of original stories, also some volumes are parodies of various movies or other things. In 2010, a subline called Zannini ("Li'l Tusks") is created, completely composed by parodies and in a smaller format than normal issues.The list of the volumes so far:
List of classic volumes
Zannablů and the Secret of the Béchamelnote A remake was made in 2010
Zannablů and the New Age Manuscriptnote No more available
Art Shift: In Moron Fairytales, inside the fairytale world everything is drawn in a more cartoony design than usual, also lacking drawn borders around the characters, and the dialogue is rendered in rhyming narration akin to Dr. Seuss books.
Compilation Re-release: The volume with the fully colored reprints of The Secret of the Béchamel and Harry Porker. The latter also slightly changes the single line of dialogue of Phyton (see Shout-Out below) to make the reference joke more clear (basically, it originally was a line from one of Renato Zero's songs, now it's the first line of the most known one, so everyone can get it).
A second one is in the works, collecting Zannablů Must not Die and a fully redrawn The Lord of the Pigs.
Composite Character: Zannablů, of all people, in The Lord of the Pigs turns into a fusion of Frodo and Aragorn.
Contrived Coincidence: Zannablů gets involved with the Rampant Crocodile cult only because circumstances get him to say the right password each time. Those passwords are "The parrot has spoken", "Come on, Crazy Pig... just forget it" and "ahum... well... thanks".
Another one in Kill Pig, where Zannablů manages to Kill Pig (actually Giotto) not with his strength, but because, in the same moment, a burly pig discovers that he's the one his wife cheats him with, a sniper shoots at him thinking he's a terrorist, the cook accidentally replaced salt with cyanide on his pizza, his pacemaker fails, an alien spaceship hits only him while trying to destroy the world and the authors of the comic just wanted do kill a character.
Cultural Translation: Since Renato Zero is not known in the US, the English translation of Harry Porker changes Renato Python's single line to make him a generic glam rock wizard.
Early-Bird Cameo: Before the actual story, the Ghostwurstels appeared in Star Porks's ending, where Zannablů calls them to get rid of the Force Ghosts.
Fusion Dance: Taken to the extreme in Dragon Pork, where Zannablů and the bad guy take four pages doing it with everything and everyone, until they're turned into enormous blobs unable to fight.
Gainax Ending: Played in Maialost, where Zannablů discovers that the whole story was actually a TV show and he couldn't run away from the island because more seasons of the series were planned. So he arrives in the writer's studio and knocks out the writer to rewrite the story in order to make it end. Than he finds himself inside a Soap Opera.
Literally in Hamazing Spider-Mad, where Zannablů is bitten from a radioactive dung beetle.
Zannablů and the Love Machine. The plot is about pigs enslaving boars by bribing them with a machine built for masturbating people.
In Zannablů must not die, Zannablů starts to build voodoo dolls and gets loose. When they tell him to stop "using voodoo to poke every freak in the world", he's holding a voodoo doll of a pig version of Amy Winehouse. And this was wrote afterher death.
Moron Fairytales. The dwarves from Snow White are dressed in BDSM gear. Full stop
God Guise: In Mayaswines of the Aporkalypse, Zannablů is mistaken from Mayaswines as the Holy Blue-Tusked Boar™. And then Giotto is mistaken as the Holy Pig with a Volcano in his Mouth™.
In Zannablů Must Not Die, Zannablů is forced to kill a tiger after an accident, but he fears that animalists will hunt him down. God solves the whole issue by giving him an actual sign saying "No animals were harmed to draw this panel" to stick in the right moment.
"Weren't ye dead?" "Me is back from ye now, as thy tide changes." Introduced in The Lord of the Pigs and now usual line exchange when a character comes Back from the Dead (or, at least, when the aforemented character disappears and Zannablů thinks he's dead)
And also most of the stories have their own running gags.
In Harry Porker, the Snape parody is called "Renato Python". This is a reference to the common joke between Italian fans about how much Alan Rickman as Snape looks like Italian singer Renato Zero in his later years. Also, Renato Python dresses like Renato Zero in his early years as a singer.
The cover of Menace from the Menacing Planet shows Zannablů stuck in a Space Invaders screen.
Start of Darkness: The remake of The Secret of the Béchamel is Giotto's one, showing how he turned from the calm and pacific prime minister of Pig City to the chain smoking, cape wearing, boar hating maniac he's now.
Sudden Anatomy: Inverted; when having shocked/terrified expressions, characters are missing their noses.