Poster to tributes to Valentina by international artists Helsinki comic book festival 2016 by Portuguese artist Sérgio Rocha
Organizing an exhibition with some of the best international artists in comic books, illustration, animation and photography isn't an easy task because it requires focus and attention to all the details and several hours comunicating with all of them in different languages and time schedules with a comunication tool as a mere IPad
I had to focus on myself and the person who's to blame because of all this work is the Portuguese coach Mourinho, since I believe in his strength and how he deals with his own life, with his own words and his way of thinking in his work in all the soccer clubs that he managed around the world and of course to how Guido Crepax dealt with his own life aswell while being a master and one of the greatest ever in comic book form with his main character Valentina (among other pieces of art and storytelling) to whom this exhibition was made to promote Fantagraphics Crepax collection in which i'm freelance series editor of it.
I believe that I'm a free spirit and I do try to be pratical and emotional, trying to put all my energy in my work.
I love books, I love working on them, of course that sometimes, being focused on a project such as this one with 82 international artists in a project that took me more than a year takes time and sometimes people were asking me what I did in life or who I was and I always replied them telling them that I'm merely a guy that loves books because they mark history.
Everything that I did in this exhibition and with others at Porto (this year) and Beja (2014) in Portugal, at Seattle (this year in Fantagraphics bookstore and gallery) and New York (this year in Scott Eder Gallery) in the U.S.A and now in Helsinki comic book festival (also this year) was to promote Fantagraphics Crepax collection.
Thanks to all artists who provide visions of Valentina and were all the time real kind and gentle with me, an humble guy from a city named Porto.
Of course that this was affecting my personal life, but in my mind and within my memories, I'm conscious that I was doing all this work and other projects not only to me (like I did in the past), but to my ex-wife Paula Fonseca who supported some of my ideas but we lost ourselves in comunication (I think) and each one of us turned another book page in our lives (I don't believe in anger or hate), our kitty Ilvie that I brung to our home from the street (it still haunts my dreams as my muse), my friends,my brothers,nieces and nephews and my family, because they are and were the ones who gave me support in my ideas.
I believe that sometimes if people give you stones you must make fire with them to keep you warm and healthy.
A pity that i couldn't be at Helsinki comic book festival to talk a bit about it, but health and personal problems made it impossible to be there, but I continue to thank all the organization of this comic book festival: Kalle Hakkola, Maura Manninen and Aino Sutinen for how well they treated me as a person.
Some of the artists that are exhibited in this exhibition were artists whose books I've read or that I've met while surfing the world wide web and that believed in this project to all of you, I never forget your support aswell (I know that I couldn't put all the artists that made Valentinas in this exhibition, but I'll try to see what I can do in the near future)
|14 tributes to Valentina by Crepax by artists Caterina Crepax (Guido Crepax's daughter) and Thomas Campi from Italy, Danijel Zezelj from Croatia, Sami Makkonen from Finland, Carlos Nine and Alejandra Sanguinetti from Argentina, Magdalena Minko from Poland, Emil Gunnar Maxen and Peter Bergting from Sweden, Brao from Brazil, Kelley Jones and Sam Henderson from U.S.A and Ivila Caballero and Ruben Pellejero from Spain. |
|9 Tributes to Valentina by Crepax from artists Brian Bolland and James Harvey from UK, Joanna Joka Karpowicz from Poland, Paulo Pinto, Sérgio Rocha and Derrade from Portugal, Gustavo Rico, Fidel Martiñez Nadal and Chema Garcia from Spain|
|12 tributes to Valentina by Crepax by international artists such as Dylan Horrocks from New Zealand, Simon Davis, Rian Hughes and Steve Yeowell from Uk, Tommi Musturi and Marko Turunen from Finland, Carlos Dearmas from Argentina, Ben Marra and Jude Harzer from U.S.A, Alex Baladi from Switzerland and Spanish artists Kosta and Pedro Espinosa |
|2 tributes by American artist Richard Sala and Brazilian artist Alex Korolkovas that were hidden in the previous photo.|