"Jommeke" is a long-running (since 1955) Flemish comic strip, originally drawn by Jef Nys, but after his death in 2009 continued by other artists. Along with "Suske en Wiske", "Nero", "Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber" and "De Kiekeboes", "Jommeke" is one of the most famous and popular comic strips in Flanders.The comic strip is about a 10- or 11-year-old boy, Jommeke, and his talkative parrot, Flip. Along with their friends, the playful Filiberke, the twin sisters Annemieke and Rozemieke and absent-minded professor Gobelijn, they have many adventures. Jommeke lives in Zonnedorp ("Sun Village"), along with several other characters.The stories are exclusively for children and an institution in Flanders, but virtually unknown over the borders.
Some of the many tropes in Jommeke:
Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Gobelijn, who is such an expert in everything that he frequently does and says the opposite of what he means.
Alien Invasion: Friendly aliens pass by in "De Kikiwikies" and "Opstand In Kokowoko".
Antiquated Linguistics: For a very long time, from its creation in 1955 until 1989, the characters all spoke the Flemish dialect. And this while other comics already spoke the Dutch standard language since the 1960s.
Asian Speekee Engrish: Or Dutch for that matter. Asians in this comic strip all have trouble pronouncing the letter "r".
Big Bad: Anatool and the thieves Kwak and Boemel, who are yet nowhere so diabolically evil as the crazy Koningin van Onderland ("Queen of Underland").
Child Prodigy: In "Kinderen Baas" every child becomes a prodigy for an entire album.
Children Raise You: The children raise the adults who became child-like in "Kinderen Baas".
Christianity Is Catholic: Jef Nys was a pious Catholic and "Jommeke" was published in Catholic magazines and newspapers. So naturally a lot of Catholic imagery is referenced and seen. Justified since in the Flanders of the Fifties until well into the Seventies, everybody was Catholic.
House Wife: Every woman in this very traditional comic strip is a house wife.
Hypnotic Eyes: The Koningin van Onderland is able to hypnotize people.
Just Woke Up That Way: In a few albums professor Gobelijn accidentally puts something in the water or the air that transforms everybody in Zonnedorp (or sometimes the entire world) into a strange mutation, shape or different way of thinking.
In "Kinderen Baas" all the children become as smart as adults and the adults start acting like children.
In "De Lustige Slurfers" everybody gets an elephant's trunk.
In "Het Staartendorp" everybody grows an animal's tail.
In "De Luchtzwemmers" everybody floats up into the air and is able to fly.
In "Neuzen bij de Vleet" everybody's nose grows large.
In "De Vruchtenmakers" everybody grows a tree on their head.
In "De Samsons" everybody's hair grows and they become super strong.
In "De Grote Knoeiboel" everybody becomes a weird shaped character.
Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: In the album "De Vampier van Drakenburg" Filiberke watches a vampire movie while being home alone at night. He is so scared that he actually goes to Jommeke's home to stay over for the night.
Long Runners: This comic strip has been in syndication and production since 1955.
Mind-Control Device: The Koningin van Onderland hypnotizes a police man in "De Koningin van Onderland" so he can kidnap children to her castle.
Moses in the Bullrushes: In "Het Hemelhuis" a little baby is found floating by in a basket of reeds. Jommeke even says it's like the story of Moses. They adopt the kid until his real parents come to take him with them.
The Movie: In 1965 a very low-budget live-action film was made, "De Schat van de Zeerover": It wasn't a success and is almost forgotten today.
Narrating the Obvious: Since this is a comic strip aimed at children a lot of things are explained in this way.
National Stereotypes: All Scotsmen are thrifty. All Native Americans are dressed like in the 19th century, Spaniards add "-os" at the end of each noun. Black Africans are helpless children. Every non-Western country is primitive.
No Export for You: The series has been translated into English and French, but is nowhere so popular in those regions as in Flanders.
Nuns N' Rosaries: A group of nuns ("The Begijntjes") are good friends of Jommeke.
Poirot Speak: All foreign characters mix Dutch with loan words from their own language.
Plagiarism: The Koningin van Onderland looks almost identical to the Evil Queen in Disney's Snow White. Only the color of their clothes has been switched.
Product Placement: Happened only once, in the album "De Muzikale Bella" where Jommeke's father advices Jommeke to put his money on the bank BAC. This scene was removed in later album versions.
Raised Catholic: Especially in the old albums, lots of references to Roman Catholicism could be found. Author Jef Nys was a very pious man and his characters are frequently helped by priests and nuns.
Rip Van Winkle: Jommeke in "De Slaapkop" keeps falling asleep, because he was poisoned by some villains.
The Role Player: Filiberke has a tendency for playing somebody or something else for the entire album, even in emergency situations.
Running Gag: Rather repetitive gags: Several jokes occur in every album and always in the same predictable way.
Scotland: The character Mic Mac Jampudding is a very stereotypical thrifty Scotsman.
Shaggy Dog Story: In "Wie Zoekt Die Vindt", Jommeke and his friends travel to several places on Earth to search for a treasure, only to find out that it is buried in their own village, where it all turns out to be a simple All for Nothing joke.