A Never Ending Comic Story
Our core product is the monthly magazine MOSAIK. It consists of a 36-pages
comic story about the Abrafaxe and their adventures throughout the world.
Additionally, the magazine contains 16 pages with further background information,
readers‘ letters and merchandising.
More than 440 issues have been published so far. A specific story is
continued in several issues making up a complete series. Digital Photoshop
files are available for more than 150 issues. The texts are set in Quark XPress
and can be easily transferred into other languages. Ages 8 to 88.
In Dalmatia and Venice
24 issues (1-24); Dalmatia and Venice; about 1630
The journey of the Abrafaxe began in an idyllic village at the Adriatic coast. During the arguments between Capitano Spavento and the Turkish pasha, Harlequin and his friends from the commedia dell'arte always accompanied them.
24 issues (25-48); Austria and Hungary; 1704/1705
The Abrafaxe find themselves in the year 1704, amid the troubles of the Spanish War of Succession. But the clown Hans Wurst and the Hungarian folk hero Ludas Matyi as well as the Abrafaxe manage to put fun into the adventure despite the fights between the Austrians and the Hungarian kuruc army.
In the Realm of the Sun King
12 issues (49-60); Bavaria und France; 1705
The fancy climax of the story is a visit at the court of Louis XIV of France, but before that, the Abrafaxe and their companion, the French spy Marquis de la Vermotte-Toupet, have a long way to go. This way leads them through Bavarian woods, where they have to resist a band of robbers. They also meet dumpling cook Fanny, the weird baron of Blechreder and Pierrot and his group of comedians.
36 issues (61-96); Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq; 1578/1278
The Abrafaxe can't believe their eyes when – after an involuntary time leap – they are suddenly faced with Knight Don Quixote and his loyal squire Sancho Pansa. However, our three heroes are not only forced to fight windmills, but also their worst enemy: marchese Ferrando Esteban Carotto Ruinez Totales en des Tillas Randales Festos, or shortly: Don Ferrando.
There are plenty of hazards and exciting events. At first, cousin Don Alfonso, who has been poisoned, must be cured. Then, the Abrafaxe are supposed to rescue a Hakim's daughter who has been kidnapped. Again their archenemy Don Ferrando is in on it and causes distress, e.g. when they are searching for the secret of the genie in a bottle. Their journey leads them through a magical oriental world full of secrets and unexplainable events, via the pyramids of Egypt to Mesopotamia, where the miraculous storyteller Hodscha Nasreddin takes care of them.
48 issues (97-144); India; about 1280
The Abrafaxe hit India with their new friend, the brilliant inventor Alexander Papatentos. His weird constructions bail the Abrafaxe out every now and then (however, they fail as often).
It's hard to believe that this funny guy is about to experience one of the most beautiful love stories with one of the most wonderful women of the MOSAIK universe: Amazon queen Roxane.
In the Himalayas, the Abrafaxe even encounter the Yeti. They travel across the Indian subcontinent and in the end, they find the legendary golden column in Orissa.
At the Orang Lauts'
12 issues (145-156), Malaysia; about 1280
Each day, a prince arrives at the court of the king of Orissa to fetch the princess promised to him. However, the princess has been captured by local pirates, the Orang Laut ("the sea people"), on her way to her groom. The Abrafaxe offer to rescue her. Using the latest invention of their brilliant friend, a submersible, they head for an island in the Strait of Malacca ...
In feudal Japan
24 issues (157-180); Japan; 1281
After having been kidnapped by the Mongols and having been in distress and confronted with a tornado, the Abrafaxe land at the Japanese coast. Here they get to know the samurai Onoe who has to complete an important mission: he wants to rescue the two swords of his master, which are a samurai's most precious items, from his archenemy named Ruki Suzuki and give them to Yamato, his master's son, who is the only worthy successor. And he really needs the help offered by the Abrafaxe. In addition to all that, a Mongolian patrol shows up commissioned to prepare the invasion into Japan ...
12 issues (181-192); China; 1281
Finally, the Abrafaxe are in China for a change, a country they have always been eager to visit. They get to know Li and his bride-to-be Lu. But the happy ending is not yet to come: there's an incredible encounter with the traveler Marco Polo, the visit to the Great Wall of China, and besides, the fight on the side of the rebellion "Black Wind" against the Mongolian invaders keeps the Abrafaxe busy for a long time.
In medieval Germany
25 issues (193-217); Germany, Italy; 1175
Abrax soon chums up with Floribert von Wackerstein, a young count who is being expelled from his castle. Brabax and Califax accompany his mother to a monastery where Brabax starts searching for the mysterious Book with Seven Seals. After their training as knights, Abrax and Floribert want to join emperor Barbarossa's army, but Count Hetzel from the castle Ränkeburg, the story's villain, always gets in their way ...
16 issues (218-233); Greece; 438 B.C.
Greece ... The name alone promises a lot. Thus, the Abrafaxe find almost all of their dreams fulfilled here. Brabax can philosophize with great Sokrates, Abrax joins the legendary Olympic Games and Califax enjoys the country's treats. However, lazing around is out of question because the Abrafaxe, together with the beautiful seeress Sibylla, must foil the plans of evil Skrotonos.
21 issues (234-254); Egypt; 1334 B.C.
Hunting rogue Skrotonos the Abrafaxe and Sibylla, the pretty fortune-teller, arrive in Egypt where they leap through time, back to ancient Egypt of monarch Nefertiti and her famous successor Tutankhamun.
And this is how one of the best and most exciting stories MOSAIK has ever told begins ...
Hunting for El Dorado
28 issues (255-282); Spain, South-America; 1578
Full of expectations, the Abrafaxe enter the New World. Unfortunately, so does their antagonist Don Ferrando, who is supported by a bunch of pirates. The New World is full of incredible adventures. Their destination is the fabulous El Dorado, but the way there is long and full of obstacles. To make matters worse their comrade Wido Wexelgelt is very clumsy. And in addition to that, the famous pirate Francis Drake gets in their way in the end ...
On the Orient Express
17 issues (283-299); Europe, Turkey; 1896
The exciting and dangerous journey on the legendary Orient Express leads through the colorful 19th century Europe: from London via Paris, Stuttgart, Vienna, Budapest, Sofia all the way to Constantinople. From there, our friends and their opponent Ömer Yeralti travel on the Baghdad Railway, on camels and afoot to the deepest orient in order to find Professor Loftus' wife and to discover a secret that will change mankind for good ...
23 issues (300-322); USA; 1929
The Abrafaxe arrive in the Land of Opportunity in 1929, amid the prohibition and just before Black Thursday, the Great Crash. They soon gain a foothold, though. Brabax travels the country on behalf of the FBI, Califax and Abrax start a career as sausage vendors. However, their "American way of life" does not remain for long. And one day, the Abrafaxe find a diamond in the Rocky Mountains which is as big as the Ritz ...
In Japan during the Meiji Period
21 issues (323-343); Japan; 1872
The Abrafaxe's second journey through Japan is a big adventure, too. This time, they are searching for three mysterious bronze jars. They are not the only ones, though, the ninjas Ori and Gami have the same goal. The samurai Toru and his pretty daughter Toshiko assist the Abrafaxe when they are in need.
The Journey around the World
14 issues (344-357); around the world; 1894/95
While the Abrafaxe are sitting at a cozy bonfire in a small group at Count Karamasow's manor, an argument unfolds: who is the world's greatest adventurer? This question is not easy to answer since many great adventurers have come together here, among them Signore Umberto Mobile, Madame and Monsieur Beauteville, Erich von Ribbeck, Lord Hummingford and Rock E. Feller. Abrax frivolously claims that the Abrafaxe are able to travel faster around the world than everyone else. So, the crazy race around the world has yet begun.
In the Labyrinth of Time
24 issues (358-381); France, Italy, Byzantium, Israel; 1119
Mysterious Andreas von Montbard has a very special mission for the Abrafaxe: to rescue the Orient. In company of the knight Hugo von Payens, they are crisscrossing medieval Europe. More and more fellows, among them pretty Gwendolyn, join the group over time. But they are hunted by three dark knights. At the end of the journey, there is nothing less than the foundation of the Order of the Temple.
The Philosopher's Stone
24 issues (382-405); Germany; about 1290
In the Helfta Monastery, the Abrafaxe meet the orphaned little maid Johanna. Since the abbess is very sick, they leave the monastery in order to find the Philosopher's Stone. But neither Doctor Porcellus nor anyone else can help them. Their way leads them farther and farther, and again and again the two rival counts von Wolfenstein and von Rabenhorst threaten the group. The secrets about Johanna's ancestry are gradually solved, and there is a heritage. But Johanna has different plans ...
Gold and Geniuses
24 issues (406-429); France, Germany, England; about 1700
During the Baroque period in Europe, the sciences develop. When Brabax encounters the all-round man Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, he immediately becomes his assistant. They travel to the European capitals where they meet numerous famous people, among them the French King Louis XIV, Tsar Peter the Great, the scientists Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren and Sir Isaac Newton. In the meantime, Abrax and Califax meet the roamer Soony. Over and over, the rogue Duke Caran d'Ache gets in their way. In the end, though, Soony finds his true love and settles down.
appr. 17 issues (from 430); Australia; 1802/03
The English explorer Matthew Flinders is commissioned to circumnavigate the Australian continent, which is still unknown to the Europeans. The Abrafaxe, who have landed in New South Wales after their last time leap, don't want to miss such an adventure. Problems occur during the circumnavigation, though: a saboteur makes trouble, dangerous creatures threaten the crew, and the "Investigator" is ruinous. Will they manage to reach Port Jackson again?