Nemi is a comic strip by Norwegian writer/artist Lise Myhre, starring the titular heroine Nemi Montoya and charts her life and the lives of her close friends.The comic began life in 1997 as Den svarte siden (trans.: 'The Black Side' or 'The Black Page') before becoming Nemi. Now the strip has its own monthly magazine, and is published daily in newspapers across Scandinavia. In the UK and Ireland it's (usually) printed daily in The Metro, a free newspaper distributed in train stations and some major cities.British English translations can be found at The Metro's website, if you look hard enough.
Cyan: (to Nemi while she's leaving with a thug-faced, tattoo-covered brute) "If it's the last thing I do, I'll find a guy who is right for you."
Nemi: "But I have so much fun with the guys who are wrong for me!"
Anti-Role Model / Girls Need Role Models: on the surface, Nemi is a cursing, short-tempered, violent, lazy, disorganized, disillusioned youngster who feels out of touch with the society she has to live in. Many girls and women have stated they find her an excellent role model, however, because she is always there for her friends (particularly Cyan) and never fails to stand up for herself or speak her mind when she needs to.
Art Evolution: Caricatured extras became less common in more recent comics.
Author Tract: Nemi strips often preach about the cartoonist's opinions of animal rights and whatnot. In fact, a staple of Nemi comics is how they switch back and forth between hilarious humor to dead serious strips or even short stories about death, war, child abuse, rape, and other very serious topics.
Back to Front: A comic where Nemi and a friend discussed backwards music videos had its panels arranged in reverse order.
Blinding Bangs: Nemi's father has these - in fact the only things sticking out of his hair are his nose and unshaven chin.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Nemi once opened a comic by telling the readers about her being a sexy single. Her friend Cyan walked in, and asked Nemi if she were trying to use the comic as a classified ad.
Lise Myhre, who is herself black-haired and full of attitude, has expressed frustration with people who think Nemi is meant to be her alter ego.
Child Hater: Nemi doesn't excplicitly hate children, but she's not very fond of them. Lise Myhre made it clear in an interview however that she likes children herself.
Cloud Cuckoolander: At times, Nemi is almost a child trapped in an adult's body. At other times, she's simply nuts.
It's Popular, Now It Sucks: In universe, Nemi declines to show a customer to a certain record she adores out of fear that it will become this.
The Lad-ette: Nemi, especially when she admitted that she found out her boyfriend Grim's name after they slept together for the first time.
Longing for Fictionland: even in adulthood, Nemi dreams of adventures in a fantasy universe, and will even become aggressive when people remind her that dragons and other supernatural creatures aren't real.
Perky Goth: Nemi, at least when she's had a bit to drink, eats chocolate or talks about her favorite movies and rock artists. And you're going to want to keep her perky, especially considering thealternative.
Remember the New Guy: Ofelia, the obese, dumpy woman, originally only appeared in her own Sunday pages that seemed to have no connection to the other strips note It was a social commentary in response to a dietary expert publicly stating, bascially that overweight people only have themselves to blame. Then she started hanging out with Nemi and Cyan, and now she's part of the regular cast. There was never any strip about her first meeting with Nemi and company, they just treat her as if she's always been there.
Smoking Is Cool: Nemi's cigarette, complete with beautiful twirling smoke, featured prominently in the early comics and even on some front book and comic covers. Lise Myhre once expressed frustration at how people criticized her for this, and said that "I give my readers enough "cred" to be confident they won't start smoking because of Nemi". Later, however, Nemi's smoking habit died away, and Myhre now says she is "startled" whenever she sees Nemi with a cigarette.
Stylistic Suck: Nemi's version of Titanic cuts from Jack and Rose together on the boat, to sock puppets of Jack and Rose making wedding plans after coming to America.
Take That: For some reason, Nemi really loathed the britpop wave of the mid-nineties. Of course, her opinions on what is good music and what is not, remains strong.
Toilet Seat Divorce: Several strips are dedicated to Cyan thinking how much she loves Leo and in general how perfect they are for one another, only for her to suddenly break up with him (off-screen no less) after a conversation in which he wondered about something insignificant while she was being philosophical, making her realize how "small" he seemed.