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Arkas (Greek: Αρκάς) is the pen name of a Greek comics artist that started his work in early 1981. His comics have a unique style, combining humor and sometimes deep philosophical questions. The structure of the stories is very simple, with each volume having individual strips which follow some general plot guidelines. Most of the time there's only two main characters: One is the rational, sceptical and questioning figure, while the other is a rude, vulgar or just empty-headed character who has most of the funny punchlines. The stories take place in a variety of different locations/situations and the protagonists can be humans, animals or even videogame characters.

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Works created by Arkas:

  • The Rooster
  • Show Business
  • You Bring out the Animal in Me
  • After the Destruction
  • Eat the Cherry
  • Pantelis and the Lion
  • Ιncongruous Love
  • The Lifer
  • Flying Starts
  • Castrato
  • Lab Animals
  • The Big Good Wolf
  • The Afterlife
  • The Peers
  • Informed Beasts
  • The Small and the Big
  • Dangerous Waters


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  • 0% Approval Rating: The rooster in "The Rooster" is hated by everybody in the farm, excluding the worm and the pig.
  • Aside Glance: Strips often end with a character staring at the reader as a reaction to the punchline.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Junior in "Flying Starts" hates being a sparrow so much, he passes himself off as other birds, but obviously fails to persuade others, especially his father.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: In one of the books, one character complains about people saying the Greek government is a circus, pointing out that one is a cheap troupe of acrobatsnote , clowns and animals, while the other is a popular spectacle loved by children.
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  • Beleaguered Assistant: Cornelius the fish in "Dangerous Waters" hates being the shark's sidekick and often gives sarcastic remarks to him.
  • Cats Are Mean: Lucretia the cat in "Castrato" is a perverted alley cat who's mean to everyone, especially Castrato and her mistress.
  • Crapsack World: Most of the characters, if not all of them, are either morons, perverts, Jerkasses, racists, sexists, sarcastic, greedy, violent, morally corrupt, or some combination of the above.
  • Deadly Euphemism: As Noah tells the centaurs they don't belong in his ark, his answer to them asking to see the manager is for them to wait, because they'd see Him soon, since they were staying out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Many of the characters make sarcastic comments to anything that happens.
  • Enfant Terrible: Junior in "Flying Starts" is a Jerkass to everyone, especially his father.
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  • Feathered Fiend: Junior in "Flying Starts" is often a very troublesome young sparrow, to the point that he had to be taken to a psychologist.
  • Gag Nose: Most of the characters are drawn with giant noses.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Thekla in "Show Business" has a moustache.
  • Jerkass: Many of the characters are rude to other characters in the comic.
  • Jerkass Gods: If God is shown, chances are He'll be this. The "Waiting for the Rain" series' portrayal of Him, for example, trolls Noah by changing the weather to snow or sun, and even cancelling the storm in the final strip.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: When some paint Junior used to make himself a flamingo failed, he said he planned to say he's half-sparrow, half-flamingo, or in his own words, a "mulatto".
  • Nice Mice: Averted with Montecristo the mouse in "The Lifer", who's an arrogant, nasty Jerkass.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: One of Arkas' comic series, "Waiting for the Rain", has Noah and his son preparing for the storm. Naturally, mainly due to God being a Troll to Noah and his son's ineptitude and stupidity, Hilarity Ensues:
    • The animals that didn't get to board the ark complain to Noah about him choosing to save all the contacts and leave them to drown, whileNoah tries to explain he chose them with the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection.
    • Two male lions and two bulls complain about gay couples' rights, seemingly missing the point of the trip.
    • The animals on board ask Noah what'd happen if it didn't rain, claiming it wouldn't be the same since all the other animals would survive.
    • A pair of sauropods misses the ark due to the female one taking too long to get ready.
    • As the unicorns board the ark, the male one is told by his mate that she doesn't want to have offspring, because she fears about her body figure.
    • Two carnivorous dinosaurs realize they hadn't made a reservation for the Ark.
    • Noah's son turns out the mammoths, thinking they were another pair of elephants.
    • As a mule asks Noah to wait for him to find a mate, Noah tells him it'd be easier for him to learn to swim.
    • Two monkeys spit on Noah to trick him into believing the rain's started.
    • God messes with the weather, giving Noah a sunny day on one strip and a snowy day on the next.
    • Noah tells the centaurs he can't let them in because they're neither humans nor animals, and tells them that since they'll stay out, they'll see the manager soon.
    • Noah turns out the pegasi because they're mythological beings, as one of them points out Noah's not historically proven either.
    • King Kong tries to get in the ark, showing Ann Darrow as his mate.
    • Noah's son tries to sell umbrellas, and takes in ten hens instead of one for food.
    • A claustrophobic rhinoceros ends up with his horn poking through the wall.
    • Noah's son is forced to take out the animals' feces out.
    • Noah tries to stop his son from swatting the flies.
    • Noah is forced to separate the panthers from the zebras as the former are trying to eat the others, and has to handle a lion that ate the antelopes.
    • Noah is told there'll be no flood, and God tells him to open a pet shop with all the animals.
    • The Stinger shows Noah's son claim that since the Earth is flat, the water will spill out of the edges.
  • Parental Abandonment: Junior's mother in "Flying Starts" left him and his father for a swallow and went to Africa prior to the comic's events.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: The "Rosa" series revolves around Rosa, a girl who's hellbent on imposing rights for everyone excluding people who don't. For example, in one comic she's mad at her father for being white, straight and male.
  • Pushover Parents: Junior's father in "Flying Starts" tries to be assertive to his son, but often gets forced to obey his whims.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Most comics' main characters are a rational, questioning (and often Deadpan Snarker) figure and a Jerkass Ditz.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Zacharias the dog in "The Peers" is a cranky old dog who thoroughly averts the "Man's best friend" stereotype.
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  • Small Name, Big Ego: Junior in "Flying Starts" is an arrogant sparrow who refuses to accept he's one, tries to pass himself off as another bird, and generally thinks he's better than he actually is.
  • Soap Punishment: In one "Flying Starts" comic, Junior's father tells Junior how his mother washed out his mouth when she heard him swear. When he asked Junior if he knew what happened the second time, Junior said she washed out her ears.
  • Sphere Eyes: Most of the characters are drawn with big, round eyes that are close to each other and have drooping eyelids.
  • Take That!: Many comics feature potshots aimed at the Greek government.
  • Threatening Shark: The shark in "Dangerous Waters", and his Beleaguered Assistant and best friend Cornelius lets him know it.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the main characters are perverts, morons, Jerkasses or a combination of the above, and that's a big contributor to the comics' charm.
  • With Friends Like These...: Most times two or more characters are friends in a comic, they'll be this.
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