Walter Moers (born 24 May 1957) is a German comic creator and novelist, and a regular contributor to the satire magazine Titanic.
Most of his comics feature the eponymous brat Das kleine Arschloch (The Little Asshole). There are also two animated movies.
Most of his novels take place on the fictional continent of Zamonia.
Works of Walter Moers that have been translated into English:
- The Little Asshole (8 volumes)
- The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear
- Ensel und Krete (not translated)
- Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures
- The City of Dreaming Books
- The Alchemaster's Apprentice
- The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (sequel to The City of Dreaming Books)
- A Wild Ride Through the Night
Notable tropes in the works of Walter Moers:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Professor Schimauski
- Adolf Hitlarious: Adolf, die Nazisau is about Hitler having survived in the sewers of Berlin, reemerging in the 90s and utterly (and hilariously) failing to adjust to modern life.
- Ass Shove: Pelping, which involves a longish, thin animal (fish, eel)
- Esperanto, the Universal Language: Mocked with Pimperanto ("pimpern" means "to shag").
- Everything's Better with Penguins: One short story starts with a German "white trash" guy watching TV. Then, someone rings his door, and when he opens, a hoard of penguins enters, starts a party. When he demands to know what this is all about, they show him that today's "international penguin's day". He's happy with that and joins the party.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: One story about a guy with a phobia for sharks. It starts with the fact that he'd never enter water deeper than a foot... not even a puddle... or a bathtub... and then gets really weird, when he claims there are miniature sharks causing diseases and (shark-themed) madness... and then, the shark police takes him away (did they?)
- Footnote Fever: In the Zamonia novels Moers loves to make footnotes which content pseudo dictionary entries.
- Funetik Aksent: Everything Adolf Hitler says in the Adolf series.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: "Fötzelek" looks like as if it means "cunt licking". Originally, it comes from Hungarian and means a vegetable dish. In Pimperanto, however, it means what it looks like.
- German Humor
- The Greys: Alien students who abduct Adolf Hitler to create a new, superior human race with him as the father and the recently deceased Mother Teresa as the mother.
- He Also Did: Moers' works are peculiarly diverse in that he has been writing/drawing for three quite different audience demographics: Comicbooks for adults, TV for children, and the Zamonia novels for young adults. Fans of the Zamonia novels often know little about his comicbooks, or are even blissfully unaware of their existence. It's probably better for them.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: This gets deconstructed to its perverted end. In the story in question, God himself decided that the angels (former humans) he uses as messengers are this. So we meet an angel in a crotch-free black rubber suit and another one who's completely naked with a carrot shoved up his... yeah. But OTOH, this God still accepts perverts, even if he may act jerky towards them.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: The Thirteen and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear and The City of Dreaming Books were described as parts of the autobiography of their respective narrators, The Alchemaster's Apprentice a Zamonian fairy tale; Walter Moers merely translated.
- Mind Screw: His Author Avatar in the Zamonia novels is a satire of the modern literature scene and uses Author Tracts as actual Author Tracts by Moers that criticise among other things... Author Tracts.
- Moment Killer: The mother of a male teenager in one story. "Are you screwing already?"
- Adolf grows to enormous size and accidentally destroys Toyko.
- Sink The Life Boats: In one story about an opium-addicted captain who has made a plan to escape with the female passengers to an uncharted island.
- Smurfing: In a loose sense. Imagine a closed time loop that repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats and...OK, and that's why the respective comic calls it a "Time Smurf" by analogy.
- Super Zeroes: Once made a lot of one-panel-gags involving those. Giving the world "heroes" (and villains) like Heart Attack Man (since we see him in a hospital bed, he doesn't *give* them), Dyslexic Man, Captain Insensitive who keeps his Nice Hat on in the cinema, the very popular Round-for-the-House-Man, tiny Captain Liechtenstein and others.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Adolf.
- Unfortunate Names: Bratwurst
- What Could Have Been: "Deadman, the dead comic hero". Once already listed at amazon to be in the works. The exact reasons it wasn't made are unknown...