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Comic Book / Mingamanga

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The boys!

Mingamanga is a German... No, just to specify this, Bavarian comic written by Robert Platzgummer. It's about four boys living in Munich, occasionally fighting, but ultimately sticking together and having fun. Some of their adventures were published in the comic magazine Comicaze from Munich, also known for Capt'n Crazy.

Visit their webpage here.

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  • Asian and Nerdy: Subverted, Vinnie is Vietnamese but otherwise not at all like that cliche.
  • Author Existence Failure: Sadly, author Robert Platzgummer passed away on December 30th in 2016. This is why there's only one album published yet.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Korbinian ("Bini") is a Heavy Metal fan and has the hair. Also, the teacher mistakes "Korbinian" for "Korbinia."
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Just half of it. The comic is set in Munich ("Minga" in Bavarian), but it's not manga like at all.
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  • Five-Token Band: One Bavarian from the countryside, one Turk, one black African, and one Vietnamese.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Staffie.
  • Mistaken Nationality: On Korbinian's first day in school, the teacher mistakes him not only for a girl, but a Pole. Reasons: His last name Panikowski (because of a great grandfather who was a soldier from Prussia who stayed in Bavaria), his thick dialect which renders his home village Kleinbierbach to "Kloabirboch," which is mistaken for "Globirbow," which sounds Polish indeed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Their real names are Korbinian, Mustafa, Vinh Ngoc, and Daniel. They're almost always called Bini, Staffie, Vinnie, and Bo.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When a Turkish song is played at Staffie's house, the author "helpfully" provides German subtitles. Which are really a Mondegreen by Coldmirror.
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    • The boys go to the Karl Valentin-Gymnasium.
  • Unfortunate Names: Mustafa's last name is Süzer, which sounds much like "Süßer" (sweetie).
  • The Unintelligible: Bini, despite being the only native German of the four boys. Mustafa lampshades it: "And they tell me I have to learn German!"
  • Visual Pun: "Kruzifix!"


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