rcmonroe wrote:From what I see, this is defintely a strip that the American syndicates would steer clear from. At least now, in their backwards, poised-for-extinction state.
That is actually a bit funny (wait, did I say "funny"? I meant "sad"), because Nemi is not really what I would describe as a daring strip. When we are at Scandinavian comics, one could mention the Swedish strip "Rocky" (lots of strips translated into English here: http://www.rocky-digital.com/
), which regularly deals with smoking, drinking, violence, sex, etc, etc.
And it is syndicated. And runs in lots of papers, not only hip, niched ones, but in your average town's daily newspaper. (Not completely uncontroversially, of course. For example, if I remember correctly, my local paper decided not to run the strip where our protagonist Rocky on his last day on his trip to NY has unprotected sex with a virgin, not only possibly making her pregnant, but possibly (unknowingly) giving her chlamydia as well -- but they didn't cancel the strip.)
One may think what one wants about how far comics should go, but it's clear anyway that American syndicates have wast territories to explore, if only they dared.