The meme is manifested in a large number of online comics , where countries are presented as spherical personas that interact in often broken English , poking fun at national stereotypes and international relations. The comics style may be referred to both as Polandball even in case there is no Poland among the cartoon characters and countryball or, collectively, countryballs. Polandball has its roots in an August 'cyberwar' between Polish Internet users and the rest of the world on drawball. The website, which offers a virtual canvas, allows Internet users to draw whatever they want, and to draw over others' drawings.
As culture editor of the same newspaper, he was principally responsible for the September publication of the cartoons that initiated the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy early the next year, and since then he has been an international advocate of the freedom of speech. Rose grew up in Copenhagen. He was one of three children.