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* OccidentalOtaku: Zero in his youth had shades of this. He went to a cultural centre to learn Japanese language and culture because he said he liked Japanese girls and people, and half-jokingly said that ninjas and Godzilla were an integral part of his culture. Anime are also a fairly large part of the [[ReferenceOverdosed many, many references]] he makes.

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Zero in his youth had shades of this. He went to a cultural centre to learn Japanese language and culture because he said he liked Japanese girls and people, and half-jokingly said that ninjas and Godzilla were an integral part of his culture. Anime are also a fairly large part of the [[ReferenceOverdosed many, many references]] he makes.makes.
** Massimo AKA "Paturnia" from ''Scheletri'' is a much darker example. A psychotic thug and drug dealer, "Paturnia" is seemingly obsessed with Japan's culture: he has lots of tattoos, sings anime openings, quotes the Bushido and is said to have murdered someone with a katana.


At the end of 2020 Creator/{{Netflix}} unveiled the teaser trailer for an animated series called ''Strappare lungo i bordi'', which is going to be written and directed by Rech himself and will feature Zero, the Armadillo and all the main characters from his comic strips.




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** ''Scheletri''
** ''A babbo morto. Una storia di Natale''


'''Zerocalcare''' is the nickname of Italian comic book artist and blogger '''Michele Rech''' (Arezzo, 1983), and also the name of his most popular character and the [[http://www.zerocalcare.it/ eponymous blog]] where his stories are collected. As the description implies, Zerocalcare's stories are mostly autobiographical, with several embellishments when not outright mixed with fantastic elements.

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'''Zerocalcare''' is the nickname of Italian comic book artist and blogger '''Michele Rech''' (Arezzo, (Cortona, Italy, 1983), and also the name of his most popular character and the [[http://www.zerocalcare.it/ eponymous blog]] where his stories are collected. As the description implies, Zerocalcare's stories are mostly autobiographical, with several embellishments when not outright mixed with fantastic elements.




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** ''La scuola di pizze in faccia del professor Calcare'' (strip collection)



* FrenchBelgianComicBooks: His works are heavily influenced by French comic books (much more so than American comic books or other Italian ''fumetti''), also because of his French heritage by part of his grandmother.

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* FrenchBelgianComicBooks: His works are heavily influenced by French comic books (much more so than American comic books or other Italian ''fumetti''), also because of his French heritage by part of his grandmother.mother.



* ImaginaryFriend: The Armadillo, Zero's long-time buddy who lends his name to his first book (translated: ''The Armadillo Prophecy''). He's more of a cartoon creature than a real armadillo, but then again he's fictional anyway. Once the Armadillo met another imaginary friend: a hulking, monstrous, silent creature. [[spoiler:It was actually the representation of Zero's friend Camille's eating disorders, that [[TearJerker tragically]] led her to an early death.]]

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* ImaginaryFriend: The Armadillo, Zero's long-time buddy who lends his name to his first book (translated: ''The Armadillo Prophecy''). He's more of a cartoon creature than a real armadillo, but then again he's fictional anyway. Once the Armadillo met another imaginary friend: a hulking, monstrous, silent creature. [[spoiler:It was actually the representation of Zero's friend Camille's eating disorders, that [[TearJerker tragically]] tragically led her to an early death.]]



* LineOfSightName: The name "Zerocalcare" holds no particular significance. When he was young he needed a handle to register to an internet forum and he chose this nickname in reference to the ads of a then-popular descaling product (!). The name stuck and the rest is history.
* OrphanedSeries: ''[[https://caldaje.com/ Caldaje]]'', a webcomic he made together with another famous italian artist, Giacomo "Keison". Only three chapters were uploaded, then it just stopped updating altogether.

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* LineOfSightName: The name "Zerocalcare" holds no particular significance. When he was young he needed a handle to register to an internet forum and he chose this nickname in reference to the ads of a then-popular descaling product (!).product. The name stuck and the rest is history.
* OccidentalOtaku: Zero in his youth had shades of this. He went to a cultural centre to learn Japanese language and culture because he said he liked Japanese girls and people, and half-jokingly said that ninjas and Godzilla were an integral part of his culture. Anime are also a fairly large part of the [[ReferenceOverdosed many, many references]] he makes.
* OrphanedSeries: ''[[https://caldaje.com/ Caldaje]]'', a webcomic he made together with another famous italian artist, Giacomo "Keison"."Keison" Bevilacqua. Only three chapters were uploaded, then it just stopped updating altogether.


* ReferenceOverdosed: Every one of his strips is packed with references to famous icons of [[TheEighties 80s]] and [[TheNineties 90s]] popular culture. It's not just to show [[JustForFun/OneOfUs his knowledge]] of nerd culture, but he uses the references to immediately denote his characters and abstract feelings [[ShowDontTell without the need]] to give too many explanations, while also to avoid using their real likenesses. Example: he always draws Zero's mother as Lady Kluck from ''Disney/RobinHood'' to signify she's maternal but also tough and strong-willed. Likewise, negative feelings take the form of Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader and other villains from popular culture.

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* ReferenceOverdosed: Every one of his strips is packed with references to famous icons of [[TheEighties 80s]] and [[TheNineties 90s]] popular culture. It's not just to show [[JustForFun/OneOfUs his knowledge]] of nerd culture, but he uses the references to immediately denote his characters and abstract feelings [[ShowDontTell without the need]] to give too many explanations, while also to avoid using their real likenesses. Example: he always draws Zero's mother as Lady Kluck from ''Disney/RobinHood'' ''WesternAnimation/RobinHood'' to signify she's maternal but also tough and strong-willed. Likewise, negative feelings take the form of Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader and other villains from popular culture.

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* OrphanedSeries: ''[[https://caldaje.com/ Caldaje]]'', a webcomic he made together with another famous italian artist, Giacomo "Keison". Only three chapters were uploaded, then it just stopped updating altogether.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The second part of "Macerie prime" came out six months after the first one (as the subtitle states), which is also the amount of time that has passed in-story. The liner notes state that you shouldn't go and read again the first part, in order to share the characters' status of confusion and uncertainty.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his early autobiographical stories he hadn't the habit of turning people into funny animals or pop culture characters, so for example his father was represented as he probably actually was in real life. Now he always draws him as Mr. Ping from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his early autobiographical stories he hadn't didn't have the habit of turning people into funny animals or pop culture characters, so for example his father was represented as he probably actually was in real life. Now he always draws him as Mr. Ping from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.


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* PunBasedTitle: "Macerie prime" is a wordplay between "materie prime" (raw materials) and "macerie" (rubble, wreckage) since half of the story is set in a metaphorical post-apocalyptic world and the narration reflects on what are the most basic things that make us human.


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** ''Macerie prime'': The fate of their friend "Lemur", often mentioned by Zero and his circle of friends but never actually appearing. They even joked that she joined ISIS. [[spoiler:She actually just found a very time-consuming job.]]


* ReferenceOverdosed: Every one of his strips is packed with references to famous icons of [[TheEighties 80s]] and [[TheNineties 90s]] popular culture. It's not just to show [[OneOfUs his knowledge]] of nerd culture, but he uses the references to immediately denote his characters and abstract feelings [[ShowDontTell without the need]] to give too many explanations, while also to avoid using their real likenesses. Example: he always draws Zero's mother as Lady Kluck from ''Disney/RobinHood'' to signify she's maternal but also tough and strong-willed. Likewise, negative feelings take the form of Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader and other villains from popular culture.

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* ReferenceOverdosed: Every one of his strips is packed with references to famous icons of [[TheEighties 80s]] and [[TheNineties 90s]] popular culture. It's not just to show [[OneOfUs [[JustForFun/OneOfUs his knowledge]] of nerd culture, but he uses the references to immediately denote his characters and abstract feelings [[ShowDontTell without the need]] to give too many explanations, while also to avoid using their real likenesses. Example: he always draws Zero's mother as Lady Kluck from ''Disney/RobinHood'' to signify she's maternal but also tough and strong-willed. Likewise, negative feelings take the form of Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader and other villains from popular culture.


This sudden popularity led him to make a contract with an important Italian comic book publisher, who published seven books so far (two of which are collections of strips from the blog plus some new content), all meeting critical success in his home country. It also led to a few problems since [[IJustWantToBeNormal he still needs to get used to this newfound fame]].

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This sudden popularity led him to make a contract with an important Italian comic book publisher, who published seven eight books so far (two of which are collections of strips from the blog plus some new content), all meeting critical success in his home country. It also led to a few problems since [[IJustWantToBeNormal he still needs to get used to this newfound fame]].
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In 2014 Rech himself made a post about TheMovie of his first book ''La profezia dell'armadillo'' being made, with him as one of the scriptwriters. However, the years passed with no other news about it, so most people assumed it had been cancelled. Then in late 2017 it was apparently SavedFromDevelopmentHell, and it eventually came out in September 2018, but with no further comments by Rech who apparently disassociated himself from the project. It was probably for the best, since it was critically panned for being formulaic, badly acted and not even trying to adapt the comic medium to the big screen, with some embarrassing missteps (such as the Armadillo being portrayed by a guy in a poorly-done costume).



** ''Macerie Prime'' (TBA)

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** ''Macerie Prime'' (TBA)
and its sequel ''Macerie Prime - sei mesi dopo''



* TheMovie: Mention was made of a film adaptation of Zerocalcare's stories, with Rech helping with the script, but [[DevelopmentHell no other news]] have surfaced for now. As of late 2017 though it seems they're actually going to film it.


* StraightEdge: Michele/Zero follows this philosophy and as such does not drink, smoke or do drugs. He also eats mostly vegetables but this doesn't stop him to gorge on junk food or occasionally go to fast food joints (his feelings of guilt about this are well-documented in the strips).



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** ''Macerie Prime'' (TBA)



* TheMovie: Mention was made of a film adaptation of Zerocalcare's stories, with Rech helping with the script, but [[DevelopmentHell no other news]] have surfaced for now.

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* TheMovie: Mention was made of a film adaptation of Zerocalcare's stories, with Rech helping with the script, but [[DevelopmentHell no other news]] have surfaced for now. As of late 2017 though it seems they're actually going to film it.

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* LeftHanging: One of the short stories had Zero find [[WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur Denver]]'s corpse. However that plot point was almost immediately dropped. To this day, fans still ask him what happened to Denver every now and then.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his early autobiographical stories he hadn't the habit of turning people into funny animals or pop culture characters, so for example his father was represented as he probably actually was in real life. Now he always draws him as Mr. Ping from ''Film/KungFuPanda''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his early autobiographical stories he hadn't the habit of turning people into funny animals or pop culture characters, so for example his father was represented as he probably actually was in real life. Now he always draws him as Mr. Ping from ''Film/KungFuPanda''.''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his early autobiographical stories he hadn't the habit of turning people into funny animals or pop culture characters, so for example his father was represented as he probably actually was in real life. Now he always draws him as Mr. Ping from ''Film/KungFuPanda''.


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* TranslationConvention: In the notes for ''Kobane Calling'', the diary of his real-life trip to the war-torn Syrian regions, he says that he couldn't speak the natives' language and always had to rely on interpreters, but drew Zero being able to speak to everyone for the reader's sake.


This sudden popularity led him to make a contract with an important Italian comic book publisher, who published six books so far (two of which are collections of strips from the blog plus some new content), all meeting critical success in his home country. It also led to a few problems since [[IJustWantToBeNormal he still needs to get used to this newfound fame]].

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This sudden popularity led him to make a contract with an important Italian comic book publisher, who published six seven books so far (two of which are collections of strips from the blog plus some new content), all meeting critical success in his home country. It also led to a few problems since [[IJustWantToBeNormal he still needs to get used to this newfound fame]].




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** ''Kobane Calling''



* TheMovie: Mention was made of a film adaptation of Zerocalcare's stories, with Rech helping with the script, but no other news have surfaced for now.

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* TheMovie: Mention was made of a film adaptation of Zerocalcare's stories, with Rech helping with the script, but [[DevelopmentHell no other news news]] have surfaced for now.



** He also is shown to be very critical of his younger self. In particular, he comments with contempt the red crest he used to have every single time it draws it.

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** He also is shown to be very critical of his younger self. In particular, he comments with contempt the red crest he used to have every single time it he draws it.it.
* SplashOfColor: ''Dimentica il mio nome'' is in black and white like all of Rech's work, but the foxes are colored orange. And so is the hair of the humans they turned into, to help the reader identify them and their relatives [[spoiler:including Zero's mom]], and also to signify they are not a part of normal society.

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