Walter Moers (born 1957, Mönchengladbach, Germany) is one of the best-known and most commercially successful comic creators and authors of children's books in Germany.
Life and Work
Walter Moers held odd jobs after leaving school before starting a commercial apprenticeship. He taught himself how to draw.
Moers has been publishing since 1984. He first became known with cartoon-like comics that were marked by an ironic view of the world and a conscious violation of political correctness. Many of his works first appeared in the satirical magazine Titanic. He remains a regular contributor to this day.
His best-known comic characters are:
- Das kleine Arschloch (Little Asshole), a precocious and irreverent little boy who constantly gets one over on the adults.
- Der alte Sack (The old curmudgeon), a lethally ill old man in a wheel chair who makes sarcastic comments on what he sees.
- Adolf, die Nazisau (Adolf, the Nazi pig), an absurd interpretation of Adolf Hitler in today's world.
In addition to these comics clearly intended for an adult audience, Moers also writes stories and books for children that he has been publishing since 1985. 1988, his first "Käpt'n Blaubär" story was published, a character that has since been popular on TV, in books, and on audio cassettes.
Moers wrote the both the script and the song lyrics for the movie Kleines Arschloch (1997) and the script for the movie Käpt'n Blaubär (1999).
Walter Moers is said to avoid publicity and very rarely gives interviews or allows himself to be photographed.
- Die Klerikalen, 1985 (comic)
- Aha!, 1985 (comic)
- Hey!, 1986 (comic)
- Das Tier (the animal), 1987 (story with pictures)
- Schweinewelt (pigs' world), 1987 (comic)
- Die Schimauski-Methode (the Schimauski method), 1987 (children's book)
- Herzlichen Glückwunsch (congratulations), 1985 (comic)
- Von ganzem Herzen (whole-heartedly), 1989 (comic)
- Kleines Arschloch (little asshole), 1990 (comic)
- Schöne Geschichten (beautiful stories), 1991 (comic)
- Das kleine Arschloch kehrt zurück (the little asshole returns), 1991 (comic)
- Schöner leben mit dem kleinen Arschloch (better living with the little asshole), 1992 (illustrated satires)
- Es ist ein Arschloch, Maria (it's an asshole, Mary), 1992 (comic)
- Der alte Sack, ein kleines Arschloch und andere Höhepunkte des Kapitalismus (the old curmudgeon, a little asshole and other pinnacles of capitalism), 1993 (comic)
- Arschloch in Öl (asshole in oil), 1993 (graphical parodies)
- Du bist ein Arschloch, mein Sohn (you're an asshole, son), 1995 (comic)
- Sex und Gewalt (sex and violence), 1995 (comic)
- Wenn der Pinguin zweimal klopft (the penguin always knocks twice), 1997 (comic)
- Kleines Arschloch – Der Film (little asshole – the movie), 1997 (movie: script and song lyrics)
- Adolf, 1998 (comic)
- Feuchte Träume (wet dreams), 1999 (comic)
- Adolf, Teil 2 (Adolf, part 2), 1999 (comic)
- Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär (the 13½ lives of captain Bluebear) (novel; for children)
- Käpt'n Blaubär – Der Film (captain Bluebear – the movie), 1999 (movie: script; for children)
- Ensel und Kretel (a misspelling of "Hansel and Gretel"), 2000 (novel)
- Schwulxx-Comix (gay'xx comix), 2000 (comic, with Ralf König)
- Wilde Reise durch die Nacht (wild voyage through the night), 2001 (novel)
- Schamlos! (unashamedly!), 2001 (comics with additional material)
- Der Fönig (the Fing), 2002 (story with pictures about a King who outlaws the letter "K")
- Rumo & Die Wunder im Dunkeln (Rumo and the miracles in the dark), 2003 (novel)
- Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher (The city of the dreaming books), 2004 (novel)