Friday, September 23, 2016

Comic book festival in Porto organized by me and a team at Porto in 2012

Mab was conceived in my head in 2011 while I was thinking in doing a multimedia comic book festival in my hometown Porto, that didn't have a comic book festival since 1998, so I've gathered a team of people who believed in it and I'm always grateful for them to be part of it while helping me develloping my ideas. Jorge Grator Ferreira, Miguel Ângelo, André Faria, Andreia Gomes and my ex-wife Paula Fonseca.


Poster for the comic book festival Mab in 2012 by German Artist Lars Henkel 





Mab team with British Artist David Hine and American Artist Melinda Gebbie


 Mab had no funds whatsoever, only partnerships, so we were the ones promoting it everywhere (Portuguese newspapers, television, radio, Metro do Porto, blogues, physical places). 


Mab organization promoting the festival 


Mab organization promoting the festival 



Mab organization promoting the festival at livraria Lello 


Mab organization promoting the festival 



Mab organization promoting the festival at Candelabro coffee 


Mab organization promoting the festival at Ovelha Negra Store 



Mab organization promoting the festival at boémia Caffé 


Mab organization promoting the festival 


Mab organization promoting the festival at espaço 77 




 Mab organization promoting the festival at Portuguese National TV 


We made several extensions of it, like at Casa Viva space for young Portuguese Artists and collective Portuguese published works such as Zona


Mab organization promoting the festival at espaço Casa Viva 

At São Bento metro station with an exhibition to Hal Foster's Prince Valliant character.



At Press National Museum to show the works of the father of Portuguese comics Stuart de Carvalhais




 At Niepoot Douro Region and our homebase in the University of Fine arts in my hometown Porto.
 There were present in days 10 and 11 May, Uk comic book Artist David Hine and American comic book Artist Melinda Gebbie who made a conversation panel with me about her experience as an artist in San Francisco U.S.A, where she met people like Robert Crumb, Janis Joplin among many others and her projects with her husband Alan Moore and even a memories book that she was planning that can be watched at YouTube. 










 German Illustrator and animation director Lars Henkel (Artist who provided the image for the poster of Mab) also released there some books and did signings while showing and talking about his animation movies and the ones by German animation director Anja Struck with myself.



 Belgium comic book Artist Dominique Goblet and French comic book Artist Olivier Deprez (founders of French publishing company Fremok) were also present aswell as German comic book Artist Kai Pfeiffer.



 Portuguese Artists were present also there like Ricardo Cabral, Rudolfo, Marcos Farrajota, Felipe Melo, Mário Freitas and João Mascarenhas, all these artists had books for sale at Mab and Portuguese publishers and stores were there aswell with some of his works exhibited and an homage to Sergio Bonelli who passed away a few months ago that year.








 Animation Portuguese director Regina Pessoa was also there with her husband Abi Feijó and showed and talked about her animation movies "A noite" and "Tragic story with an happy ending" narrated by Elina Lowensohn that was an actress that appeared in movies by American director Hal Hartley such as "Simple men" and "Amateur". 




 At 12,13 and 14 March of the same year, Mab team were also invited to organize labels for wine bottles for the company Niepoort to be sold in markets such as Belgium, Uk, Germany and France with the presence of Portuguese animation directors Regina Pessoa and Abi Feijó and American Artist Melinda Gebbie that lives in Northampton-England with her husband Alan Moore (I'm sure that Alan Moore tasted some excellent Portuguese wine), Belgian Artist Dominique Goblet, French Artist Olivier Deprez and German Artists Lars Henkel and Kai Pfeiffer were there aswell drawing labels to be shown in bottles as labels.




























 At 17 and 18 March of 2012 were present Italian Artist Fabio Civitelli who made a conversation panel with me and José Carlos Francisco about the character Tex Willer that can be seen also at YouTube. Portuguese Artists Derrade and Geral and Rudolfo were present aswell to do signings on their books.
 It was fun doing this event, but in the end of it I was totally exausted.












 But from time to time, I remember all this in my mind and I must say thanks to all people who helped me in this wild ride, since I'm not an amnesiac.

Manuel Espírito Santo