Silent Comics are for everyone, regardless of their language and country of origin. Images are universal and need no translation. Except for the title. Translating the series title would help the project break the language barrier even further. In this spirit, this is a call for native speakers to translate “Silent Comics” in their language.
Want to help to translate these two words in your native tongue? Please send a line to hoa / at / silent-comics / dot / com or a tweet to @SilentComics.
In English, the name SILENT COMICS is more or less self-explanatory. It draws a parallel with silent films so we understand at once that it is either about wordless comic book stories or maybe even about mime. The main idea here is returning to a simpler form than what comics have become. Going back to the original simplicity of the medium as a visual narrative. Without text1, without dialogues, just pictures in sequences.
The long tradition of picture books from the origin of comics and before is also an inspiration. Hokusai Manga, in Japan, then Rodolphe Töpffer’s Estampes, in Europe and German wordless novels during the 20’ and 30’.
How would this idea translates in your native language?
The title’s translation doesn’t have to be literal. But it should convey the same feel it has in English, and it should sound pleasing.
List of languages
Translations are welcome for the following languages (pick yours):
Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic: الحكايات الصامتة Armenian, Aymara, Azerbaijani
Belarusian, Bengali, Berber, Bislama, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese
Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese Mandarin, Chichewa, Croatian, Czech
Danish, Dari, Dhivehi, Dutch, Dzongkha
English: SILENT COMICS, Estonian
Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French:
- “Bande Dessinée Muette”
- ”BD Muette”
- ”BD Silencieuses”
Georgian, German: Stummcomic, Greek, Guaraní
Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hiri Motu, Hungarian
Ibo, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian
kanji + hiragana 静かな漫画
Kanji + katakana 静かなマンガ
hiragana + kanji しずかな漫画
Kazakh, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Kikongo, Kirundi, Kituba, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz
Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish
Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx Gaelic, Māori, Moldovan, Mongolian, Montenegrin
Ndebele, Nepali, New Zealand Sign Language, Northern Sotho, Norwegian
Punjabi, Papiamento, Pashtu, Persian, Polish, Portuguese: QUADRINHOS SILENCIOSOS
Romanian, Romansh, Russian
Sango, Serbian, Seychellois Creole, Shona, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Swedish
Tajik, Tagalog, Tamil, Tetum, Thai, Tigrinya, Tok Pisin, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen
Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek
Venda, Vietnamese: Truyện tranh câm (?)2
source — List of official languages - Wikipedia
Found your language missing? Want to improve upon or suggest an alternative translation? Get in touch with @SilentComics or send a line to hoa / at / silent-comics / dot / com.
English, Arabic, Japanese, German, French (could be improved?), Portuguese
Samples above use M+ fonts.
Warm Thank You to Soraya, Yoshihiro and Andre for their help translating Silent Comics into Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese. You are most kind!