"Hello. My name is Zannabl¨ (that would be me)."
is an Italian comic talking about a boar with blue tusks ("Zannabl¨" 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
The comic series provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: Without the Facebook official page, you wouldn't know Giotto's full name.
- Compilation Re-release: The volume with the fully colored reprints of The Secret of the BÚchamel 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.
- Contrived Coincidence: Zannabl¨ 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".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Recurring villain Giotto is one in most of the parodies. In the normal stories, he is a Corrupt Prime Minister.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Before the actual story, the Ghostwurstels appeared in Star Porks's ending, where Zannabl¨ calls them to get rid of the Force Ghosts.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The original version of The Secret of the BÚchamel was actually a serious story with some lame jokes that transforms into a Star Wars parody with a random A Clockwork Orange reference in the middle. The remake is more like the other stories, and includes the original story in a shrunk format, with a disclaimer from the authors stating that it sucks compared to the other stories and you shouldn't read it.
- Embarrassing Last Name: Giotto's full name is Giotto R.Giraffotto (the last name literaly means "Fat baby giraffe").
- Fantastic Racism: Boars are discriminated from pigs in the first stories. They get equal opportunities at the end of the third volume.
- Fusion Dance: Taken to the extreme in Dragon Pork, where Zannabl¨ 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 Zannabl¨ 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.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Giotto always haves a cigarette in his mouth, whatever his role is.
- Mix-and-Match Creatures: Koreans are represented as hedgehogs. And with hedgehogs, we mean "hogs with quills".
- No Animals Were Harmed: Played in some volumes.
Disclaimer: No boars were harmed while this page was drawn. Actually we hurted a human.
- Nonstandard Character Design: In the Game of Thrones parody, Arya Stark is drawn as a pig version of Dora the Explorer.
- Also, the people of Iron Arm Island are all looking like Popeye. As in, kinda normal human beings in a world of anthropomorphic swines where every mammal haves Raymanian Limbs.
- No Export for You: Only Harry Porker, Star Porks, Pigsty of the Caribbean and Hamazing Spider-Mad have been released in the USA, as a limited run for SDCC 2008.
- No Swastikas: On Indiana Porks's cover, the swastika on Giotto's Nazi uniform is changed to a pretzel. Inside the comic there are still swastikas.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In Indiana Porks, Nazis disguise as Mexicans wearing sombreros and fake moustaches, still showing the swastikas on their uniforms. And their "tacos" are clearly pretzels.
- Also, earlier in the same story, Zannabl¨ and the Crazy Pig pass through Nazi security disguising as Hitler. Both of them.
Nazi Officer: It looked like we found them, but actually they were the Furher with...ahem...another Furher.
- Raymanian Limbs: A distinctive tract of the series.
- Refuge in Audacity: In Dragonpork, Zannabl¨ collects the Dragon Balls... and with Dragon Balls, he means the testicles of seven different dragons. (At least we just see Zannabl¨ holding scissors and a bag, walking away from the dragon holding his groin in pain.)
- Running Gag:
- People can't get Zannabl¨'s name right.
- "Fool who reads" is hidden into some panels.
- "Weren't you dead?" "I'm back from you know, as the 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 Zannabl¨ thinks he's dead)
- And also most of the stories have their own running gags.
- Shout-Out: Lots of them.
- 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.
- Awater takes the "Na'vi=Giant Smurfs" gag to the extreme, calling the Neytiri parody "Na'pette", putting the classic Smurf hat on the Na'pigs and also showing Papa Na'pig, Brainy Na'pig, Hefty Na'pig and Grouchy Na'pig.
- Start of Darkness: The remake of The Secret of the BÚchamel 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.
- Translation: Yes: Played a lot in A Game of Cooks with his own version of the Dothraki language (actually Florence dialect with a weird spelling).
- Was Once A Boar: Crazy Pig. Or so he says.
- Who Writes This Crap?!?: This is a second-rate comic, the characters think that too and so every cheap plot explanation is lampshaded out loud.