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December 18, 2005


There is now an English-language website for the popular Dutch cartoon Fokke & Sukke: Duck and Birdie. I wonder why they didn't go with the original names for the characters - they're every bit as suggestive in Dutch as in English. (On the page explaining the name change, whoever wrote that copy is being unduly coy about both the names and the "little feathered tails". Come on! We've seen what happens to those "tails" when the birds get excited.)

I'm not sure if the comic will work as well in English as it does in Dutch. When I saw the English-language Fokke & Sukke book, I didn't think it did, to be honest. But then I'm familiar with the gags already and they have long lost the element of surprise.
What I do like is the clean, uncluttered website, especially in comparison to the original Dutch version, which, by the way, is one of the longest-running webcomics. The authors started putting comics online in the late 1990s when one of them was traveling and needed a way to stay in touch with the comics as published. Over time, the site went through the normal life cycle, accumulating clutter as it evolved. I'm sure that the new site will also have ads on it eventually, but it starts out looking prettier than the old site ever did.

Posted by rocr at December 18, 2005 12:34 PM