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Comic Strip: Strizz

Strizz was a German Comic Strip that ran from 2002-10 in the conservative German FAZ newspaper. It tells about the life of the bookkeeper Strizz, his family, his boss, their pets, and some related folks, with many hijinks. Definitely better than it sounds.

  • Strizz: A young man (early thirties - we guess) who works as a bookkeeper at Leo & co. Very enthusiastic, with big dreams, but not that great in making them come true.
  • Herr Leo: Owner of the company, thus Strizz' boss. Would prefer if Strizz just did his work.
  • Raphael: Strizz' young nephew. Owns a number of toys, and likes to stage elaborate discussions with them.
  • Irmi: A painter. Once Strizz dialed a wrong number and got her on the phone. She liked his voice, though, and stored his phone number. Given enough time, something developed from it.
  • Herr Paul: The cat of Herr Leo.
  • Müller: Irmi's dachshund.
  • Tassilo: A guard dog.

Has an official website here. You can read the collected strips here, but apparently not for free.

Examples:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Raphael oscillates between this and Wise Beyond Their Years.
  • The Beautiful Game: Strizz is an intense fan of the German national football team, so whenever there's a World or European Championship Herr Leo has to be especially vigilant to get any work at all out of him.
    • Strizz and Irmi's twin children were born on July 9, 2006, the day of the final of the 2006 World Cup.
  • Cats Are Mean: Herr Paul often rips up the newspapers and curtains in his house and gets cranky if he doesn't get first-class cat food. The other cats are less so.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Strizz.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted. We see Rafael grow, and two babies born, who develop over time. Not in Real Time, but they do.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Raphael and his toys (one of which is even named "Herr Teddy"), who form the "philosophical sextet". Justified because Raphael is a kid.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In one early strip, we see Raphael's toys come alive at night. This would stay the only time, though.
  • East Germany: Herr Teddy was made in East Germany, which apparently is the reason for his somewhat melancholy disposition.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Which is why Raphael owns a pet dinosaur, Dino.
  • Formally Named Pet: Herr Paul. Müller is a last name, but that's it, not Herr Müller, just Müller. And Raphael has a formally named toy, Herr Teddy.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tassilo is a mean-looking guard dog, who likes to make haiku.
  • Gentle Giant: Tassilo evolved into this.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Berres.
  • Haiku: Tassilo likes to make them.
  • Honorary Grandma: Irmi's mother, to Raphael.
  • Little Professor Dialog: Raphael.
  • Loads And Loads Ofcharacters: They were introduced gradually, but at the end, the trope definitely fit. See the picture above.
  • Love Interest: Irmi for Strizz, Inga for Herr Paul.
  • Missing Mom: Raphael's. It becomes an arc later. Strizz is her (much) younger brother.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Berres named his pet rat Lilo, after Lilo Pulver, who was one of the biggest stars of German-language movies in the 1950s and 1960s.
    • Irmi, a painter, clearly named her twin children after famous painters: Vincent (van Gogh) and Paula (Modersohn-Becker).
  • Nice Guy: Müller, often acting as a foil to Herr Paul.
  • Oddly Small Organisation: Leo & Co. basically consists of Herr Leo, his secretary Inga, bookkeeper Strizz and archivist Berres.
  • Only Sane Man: Herr Leo often acts as this towards Strizz.
  • Pastimes Prove Personality: Strizz collects rocks with lichen on them. Now try to conclude anything from that!
    • Tassilo composes haikus.
  • Political System of Germany: Strizz is very interested in politics, in his usual way. Issues of the day often found their way into the strip.
  • The Rival: Wolle and some other tomcats for Herr Paul.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Raphael owns, among other toys, a teddy named Herr Teddy, a dinosaur named Dino, a crocodile named Krock, and a man in a car named Driver.
  • Sweet Tooth: Rafael loves his chocolate. For a time he had a "chocolate museum" in his room, the contents of which kept disappearing mysteriously.
  • Talking Animal: The animals can understand each other, the humans can't.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate and spaghetti with ketchup for Raphael.
    • Katz-Gourmet cat food for Herr Paul. If Herr Leo brings another kind he can say goodbye to his his curtains and furniture.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Herr Paul to Herr Leo; Müller to Irmi
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Until it was finally confirmed that they live in Frankfurt.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Strizz
  • Women Are Wiser: Irmi to Strizz