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The European webcomics site Zampano, which has been running for about two years in German, is now available in English as well (and French, if you happen to swing that way). David Boller, the mind behind the site, is a Swiss creator who lived in the U.S. for 16 years; his credits include work on Spider-Man, Witchblade, and Elfquest, and he and his wife Mary Hildebrandt wrote and drew manga (under the imprint Lime Manga) that were published in Germany by Tokyopop but never made it over here.
The site is currently featuring six comics, each of which updates at least once a week. Four are by Boller: Endless Sky: A Swiss in America is an autobiographical comic about Boller’s experiences in the comics industry; Aïr is a story of the political and economic struggles of the Touareg people of Niger; Bakuba is a collection of African folk tales; and Tell: The Legend Returns! is an ambiguous-superhero story about a William Tell-like figure who appears in a future Switzerland to fight for the common man… or maybe not.
The styles and subjects are varied, but the stories all show an overall air of professionalism; judging from the vertical layouts, all are intended as print comics either now or in the future.