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#1 · Posted: 17 Apr 2010 09:41
From an English perspective can we expect anymore of these to be released?
To my knowledge (please correct me if I'm wrong) only two editions have been published:
Two of a Kind
Double Trouble

Are there are any French speakers out there who have read these editions?
Could you say that these two English titles are a great representation of the Quick and Flupke series or are there many other funny ones we are yet to read from an English perspective?

Were these gags the best to introduce English speaking fans to
Quick and Flupke?
Do you think the translators got it right? It just seems strange that these were the only titles to ever get published in English.
I like them for one, but maybe they did not sell very well to the market which has been the reason for no more editions??
Do we know how well these two volumes sold? I know they are quite rare on the collector market.

Is there a realistic chance we could see a complete episodes of the exploits of these crazy rascals?
Being a fan it would be great to see this in an English edition, but is it feasible?
#2 · Posted: 17 Apr 2010 18:35
I have never seen them are they like the Tintin cartoons?.I know they can be enjoyed by all ages but do the fall in the kiddies category.
Harrock n roll
#3 · Posted: 18 Apr 2010 00:46
To my knowledge (please correct me if I'm wrong) only two editions have been published:
Two of a Kind
Double Trouble

Egmont published two books just last year - Under Full Sail and Fasten Your Seat Belt and hopefully there will be more to follow. And back in 2007 another publisher in India called Eurobooks released 11 Quick & Flupke titles in English.

Read these threads about them:
Quick and Flupke to be published in US/UK
Quick & Flupke début in India
#4 · Posted: 4 May 2010 16:21 · Edited by: Moderator
The English translations in the first two books published by Egmont in the UK are okay, but not perfect. The real problem is that many of the Quick & Flupke strips have a double gag: the obvious, visual one and a not-so-obvious language gag, which might be a pun or a "sounds-like" word. These language gags just don't translate well and the translator has to either drop it altogether (which is what they did in the first two books) or try for a related gag in English.

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#5 · Posted: 5 May 2010 01:56
Quick & Flupke what great memories they bring of my childhood in Belgium. Fantastic in French as they are so typicaly "Brusselois" The Brussels city kids or "ketjes" and I do believe having read somewhere that Hergé associated so well with this. I can understand that the English version tends to loose some of it but Hey...great reading. I noticed that you also get these at www.bookdepository.co.uk with free shipping anywhere in the world(Moderator I am not associated with them, I just use them as good value)
#6 · Posted: 30 Jul 2010 19:43
I've just got hold of the complete set of 11 in English published by Eurobooks (India). If anyone has any questions about them let me know.
#7 · Posted: 27 Nov 2010 04:49
Hi Rocky,
I just have some queries about the Quick & Flupke books.
where did you buy them from?
Is it the complete set?
Are the books good quality, are they paperback or hardback?
And if you don't mind me asking how much did the set cost?
I am from Australia so finding these books is hard. I am trying to collect all of Hergé's works.

Tintin Down Under
#8 · Posted: 27 Nov 2010 15:55
Here you go! I think this is
what Rocky is referring to. I picked up a set when I was down in India.

1. where did you buy them from?
A: India. The bad news. They WILL NOT ship. This online store also has a physical store in Bombay. I bought mine there.

http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/Product/Collection.aspx?ColType=Bundle &ColID=12

2. Is it the complete set?
A: Yes. All 11 published in French were translated.

3. Are the books good quality, are they paperback or hardback?
A: They are good. Paper is better than the UK editions. Translations are fine. But you *really* do not need translations for Quick and Flupke. Most are 2 page jokes/gags.

4. And if you don't mind me asking how much did the set cost?
A: 39.8 USD or 25.8 GBP for the whole set of 11 books
#9 · Posted: 27 Nov 2010 16:32 · Edited by: Rocky
Hi TintinDownUnder,
Mr Wagg has preempted most of my answers.
I bought them from online Indian store www.bookadda.com, for delivery to my dad who was on holiday in India at the time. Cost £26. Paperback quality is OK. The speech bubble text is, unfortunately, Comic Sans typeface. My copies all have a non-removable sticker across the bottom of the cover: "Quick & Flupke is a comic book series by Hergé, the writer and illustrator of the famous Tintin comics."
Whilst there are many visual gags, there are also a lot of speech bubbles, without an understanding of which the gags don't work, so I'm glad I got this translated set.
Although this is the complete set of 11 Hergé-written books, the French set includes one more, High Tension (Haute Tension) which is not by Hergé, but by Johan de Moor, the son of Hergé's assistant Bob de Moor.
#10 · Posted: 27 Nov 2010 16:35
Thanks Mate,
I have been looking out for these books for a while now, thanks for the reply. I have a friend going to India so I will ask them to have a look into it for me. I have all of Herge's, Tintin Adventures (colour + B&W) along with the Jo, Zette and Jocko. Now I am looking for all of his earlier works such as Quick and Flupke (colour + B&W). But I have look just about everywhere here in Australia, but as other people have said the B&W editions and Herge's other works are hard to find.

Thank-you for your kind help.

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