Polandball

Here’s another flagmeme from 2009 that has demonstrated some staying power:  Polandball.

polandball

From Know Your Meme®:

Polandball is a cartoon character drawn in the shape of a ball with the color schemes of the Polish flag (white & red). It was originally featured in the multi-pane comic series that became popular in /INT/ (international) board on Krautchan, a German-language imageboard community similar to 4chan. These user-generated cartoons typically follow the lives of ball-shaped creatures representing different countries (also known as Countryballs) and “international drama” surrounding their diplomatic relations.

From reddit.com/r/polandball:

POLANDBALL IS OF REDDIT

Wiggly mouse-drawn comics where balls represent different countries. They poke fun at national stereotypes and the “international drama” of their diplomatic relations. Polandball combines history, geography, Engrish, and an inferiority complex. The comic series first became popular on a well known German image board int ze internetz.

Polandball is unique and it should remain so. It’s clearly distinguished from rage comics and memes. Read the Official Polandball Tutorial. To keep the quality of the content high, all comics have to comply to it.

A group of countryballs, from polandball.wikia.com/wiki/Polandball_(meme)
A group of countryballs, from polandball.wikia.com/wiki/Polandball_(meme)

An episode of Polandball: The Animation, by Hunter’s Productions Ltd

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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