Dear friends and artists,
I've decided to create a Facebook Professional account to promote your awesome Tributes to Valentina to promote Fantagraphics Crepax collection.
Don't judge me wrong, I love you all a lot and I sincerely apreciate all your support with some of my ideas, but I need to split in my mind what's Professional and what's personal in order to gain more focus in the work that I do, be it curating exhibitions, book collections, interviews, presentation videos, prefaces to books or book presentations.
I'll organize the tributes by artist in alphabetical order and put each artist in bold to be easier for you to see your tributes and where they were exhibited along your quotes about the character Valentina and your Biography aswell.
Many thanks to all of you for all your work and hope that you continue to support some of my ideas.
Special thanks to Gary Groth, Caterina Crepax and my muse and source of inspiration, my kitty Ilvie that was stolen from my sight recently.
Alex Korolkovas - “I’ve been a Valentina fan for over 20 years, for the richness of character and amazing imagery. I have always wanted to find a woman who embodied it. So it was with Barbara, who in despite of never been on an erotic shoot before, incorporated her true essence, "says Korolkovas, which took more than two thousand pictures.”
Born in 1969 in São Paulo (Brazil),
Korolkovas graduated with a degree in advertising at the Methodist University of São Paulo. In 1992, at the beginning of his career as a photographer, he went to California where he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and developed his craft assisting several world renowned image-makers including erotic photographer Earl Miller.
When he returned to Brazil he shot several advertising campaigns for TVA, OESP, Nazca, Alumni, Harley-Davidson fashion and Suzuki. In 2004, he ranked “Top 10 New Fashion Photographers” on “Casa dos Criadores” fashion project. And in 2006, he was nominated for “Editora Abril” photography awards with a photo essay for VIP Magazine.
His fashion clients are some of the elite designers at São Paulo Fashion Week, including Reinaldo Lourenço, Gloria Coelho, Pedro Lourenço, Cecilia Echenique, CAVALERA, Acqua Studio, Douglas Harris and Bridal Couture’s top designer Lucas Anderi.
He currently spends time between São Paulo and Miami and collaborates with the magazines Bridestyle, Trip, My Lifestyle Magazine (US), Vip, Inked, Mixmag, Maxim, Sexy, Sax, and Vogue as well as international publications such as Stern (Germany), Nerve (NY), and DP Photographer (Portugal)
|Published at Fantagraphics first free booklet tributes in 2016 and exhibited at Fantagraphics Bookstore & gallery - Seattle - U.S.A in 2016|
|Exhibited at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle - U.S.A and Scott's Eder Gallery in New York - U.S.A.|
|Not yet exhibited|
Brao - "Valentina is the ultimate ‘Bad Woman'."
BRÄO was born Abraham, in rainy São Paulo, Brazil and I grew up as an aspiring comic book artist. I ended up working with animation and after a long time away from the drawing board, I got back to creating and drawing comics. During the endless nights without inspiration, staring at the empty pages of my sketchbooks, the influences from artists, such as Manara, Serpieri and Crepax (which I discovered much earlier than I should have as I went through my father’s secret comic book collection), started to surface. Reckelessly, I let it hapen and today, after filling out dozens of sketchbooks, drawing the female form to me became more than filling out blank pages. Today, I illustrate women for a living and I am also a drawing and painting professor at Quanta Academia in São Paulo.
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki - comic book festival in 2016|
Camilo Solano - "What is most beautiful in Valentina it's her explicit freedom."
Born in São Paulo, Camilo Solano loves to tell stories since he was a little child.In 2013 had a degree in Graphics Design Estadual Paulista university (UNESP) from Bauru, also on 2013 published his first indie comic book “Inspiração - Deixa entrar Sol nesse porão” and “onde eu tavo?” and in 2014, “Captar” with script by Thobias Daneluz. In 2015, Camilo will release his first indie comic book called “Desengano”.
Carlos Ferreira -
Doug Lobo - "Empowered. Sensitive. Surreal. Unique. What if not a masterpiece. I could not think of a stronger female character to be promoted while a movement like feminism presents such a strong voice. World's eyes claim for more intelligent creations like this."
D. Lobo is a visual artist who was born in Itaqui, which is a small town situated in southern Brazil. Lobo grew up moving from one city to another in Brazil and lived for about a year in Japan too, always pursuing his dream to becoming an artist. For the last two years, he has worked with small clients as a commissioned artist, publicity illustrator and, more recently, with tales magazines and fantasy literature book publishers. He's attracted to all the things that shift his state of mind from one stage to another and has been fascinated by acrobatics and the conception of movement since his childhood. Back in time, It was a matter of expressing his own personality and to externalizing his own interior demons through his entirely body or solely through his hands.
Eric Peleias - "Valentina is love. And life. The life that can not be defined, nor limited. As love tend to be."
Eric Peleias was born in São Paulo, Brazil. Independent comic book author, published Ima - Sempre em Frente (the biography of a holocaust survivor) and I, Super (about a boy who really wants to be a super hero). Spends his days working in his own studio as an illustrator and graphic designer and the nights making comics
Fernanda Guedes -
Gelson Mallorcas -
João Azeitona - "One of the most remarkable women in the comics. Such an honor be part of this homage."
• Free-lance artist for over 15 years in Porto Alegre southern of Brazil. Launched many creator owner comics, several times nominated to "HQMix Award" in Brazil.
As colorist worked on "THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN" - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles miniseries for IDW. One of the artists on "KaBOOMbox" crowdfunded project by "Brand New Nostalgia" a group of comic artists of varied backgrounds, styles, and nationalities like Logan Faerber, Brian Churilla, Alessandro Micelli, Scott Wegener, Felipe Andrade, Joe DellaGatta, Joe Querio, Mateus Santolouco, Jorge Coelho, Andrew R MacLean, Ricardo Venancio, Tradd Moore, Alexis Ziritt, Giannis Milonogiannis and James Harren.
Was the artist for "ROBOCOP: Memento Mori" with Frank J. Barbiere at BOOM Studios and for the "SUFFRAJITSU: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons" with Tony Wolf as well.
Laudo Ferreira - "Valentina was the first paper muse that inspired me, when I was a kid, I didn't undertood much over women, inspiration and muses. She was desire and the female charm in flesh and blood, either on paper or on our own imagination"
In 1995 published by Editora Nova Sampa, comic book adaptation “À meia-noite levarei a sua alma” do by Brazilian movie director José Mojica Marins, o Zé do Caixão. This story was also published on the American market by publisher and Video producer Something Weird and it won the comic book award HQ Mix in 1996 as best “Graphic novel” in 1995.
In 2000 published comic book “Subversivos: Companheiro Germano” with script by André Diniz by Editora Nona Arte publisher. Created also "Tianinha" character for a book by Brazilian Rickdan publisher. This character is having its own comic book series ever since.
In 2007 published a comic book adaptation “Histórias do Clube da Esquina” that was based on the book “Os sonhos não envelhecem” by Brazilian writer Márcio Borges for Museu Clube da Esquina website.
In 2008 receives the Ângelo Agostini de Melhor Desenhista de 2007 award, that is given to him by the cartoon and caricature São Paulo Association. Creates the comic book seal “Quadro Imaginário” and its first release is his comic book series “Depois da Meia-Noite”.
Receives also the HQ Mix award as an independent for this comic book series.
Contributes In 2009 for the book over the 50th anniversary Brazilian artist Maurício de Souza legendary career “MSP 50-Maurício de Souza por 50 " published by Mauricio de Souza Produções and by Brazilian publisher Panini. Receives the Ângelo Agostini de Melhor Roteirista de 2009 award over his book Yeshuah – assim em cima assim embaixo published In 2009 by Brazilian publisher Devir.
In 2011 makes the comic book adaptation for the theater play “Auto da Barca do Inferno” by portuguese writer Gil Vicente.
In 2014 has two exhibitions In Portugal at the X Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja, one with his solo works and another one made with his work made with Brazilian artist André Diniz. Releases also on this comic book festival the third book of his trilogy Yeshuah, by Devir bookstore.
In 2015 won the HQ Mix award for best Brazilian comic book artist with his work “Yeshuah – onde tudo está”.
Luciano Salles -
Luciano Salles was born in 1975 at Taquaritinga, in São Paulo, Brasil.
Moved to Araraquara when he was still a child, where he found all that he needed to guide his passions: punk rock, skate, fanzine, comics and movies.
He’s a comic book artist and an illustrator that lives mostly for comic books since 2012.
Created his cultural movement “Memento 832”; with architect Lilian Penteado and photographer Leila Penteado.
In 2013 published his comic book “ O Quarto Vivente” and in 2014 third comic book “ L’Amour: 12 oz” by MINO publisher.
Worked with other Brazilian artists on a book to Brazilian iconic comics character “Monica” by Mauricio de Souza. .
Limiar: Dark Matter is his last comic book and it’ll be released in October 2015
Rafael Sanzio - "Valentina: 50 years of inspiration and guide for female characters. She’s the grandmother of my Christine".
Check also out his 'Christine' character that he says 'It's a sort of Valentina granddaughter'.
@Christine - Rafael Sanzio
RAFAEL SANZIO nasceu em 1984 na cidade de Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul. Cursou Letras pela Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS). É autor de mais de cinquenta letras de canções, divididas em seis discos em fase de produção independente e autoral. Escreve contos e está preparando sua primeira compilação.
Atualmente, escreve e desenha as histórias em quadrinhos de sua personagem Christine disponíveis nos formatos impresso e digital. Também está traduzindo as HQs para o inglês e o castelhano, with a little help from his friends.
Quando não está escrevendo ou desenhando, compõe os arranjos de base para o seu trabalho musical utilizando o software EZKeys da ToonTrack™, por preguiça de gravar o violão.
Rodrigo Rosa - "The artist's desire's to create a masterpiece that can reflect his time and become timeless. The desire of comics to enter on a mature universe with deep conceptual artistic feeling. The desire of women, to see her struggle and their inner private universe on a character that with time became an icon. The reader's desire by unbelievable fantasies. Valentina's a simple thing : Desire"
Tainan Rocha -
Victor Freundt - "I got to know Valentina through my father. He is a great fan of the character, and other female characters in Comics. I like very much Guido Crepax's work style, and it is an honor to take part in this Expo!"
Victor Freundt was born in 1984 in Santos/São Paulo-Brazil. Winner of "Brio Digital 2013" prize with the game Fruits and Tails, and Honours Indication in the Festival Curta Santos 2013 (a cinema festival) with the vdeo clip "Levarei" from Pelico's band. Both as Concept Artist. As an ilustrator he took part in magazines such as: MAD. and Mundo Estranho. He has drawn comics since 2008 with his friend and wrhriter Bruno Bispo, and they published their work in the web serie Ponto Zero, and other magazines such as: Subversos (2,3), A3 (1,2), Café Espacial (12), Imaginários em Quadrinhos vol.2, and few issues of the BD ZONA, like: Zona Graphica, Zona Negra, Zona Fantastica, and many others. In Zona Nippon. Victor Freundt and Bruno Bispo were nominated for the Central Comics award in Portugal with the comic:"TAO"! Besides publishing comics together with Bruno Bispo, he took part in "Terra Morta: Obsessão de Vitória", where he was only the drawer