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.
Albert Pons Vázquez - "They all wanna be hypnotizing just like her. Break the comic Valentina".
Graphic designer and illustrator from Barcelona.
He has been studying at Escola de Disseny i Art Llotja, performing 'Arte Final de Diseño Gráfico', 'Gráfica Publicitaria' and 'Ilustración'.
With a distinctive style, this designer usually mixed advertising design with illustration. He enjoys creating characters and comics strips very visually powerful, of black humor and social critique.
Is inspired by television, cinema, anonymous people, and especially, by other illustrators and designers.
|Exhibited at second boémia caffe in Porto - Portugal - 2016|
Alejandro Santos - "Valentina is always about dreams, dreams are always about sex (a wise man said), Valentina is a compelling journey into the world of dreams and eroticism."
Alejandro Santos was born in 1964 in Barcelona, where he first studied law at the University, which he graduated in 1989, before moving to the design, first at the Escola Superior de Disseny i Art “Llotja” (1980/81) and at the Escola Massana, center for art and design from 1993 to 1996, a period during which he received a scholarship from the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc. Alejandro Santos regularly illustrates the legal and scientific publications. He has participated in exhibitions like “Cuatro” in the Centre Cultural “La Capsa” (el Prat de Llobregat, 1996), “Twisted reality” in the Mitte-Barcelona gallery (2015), the "Festival des carnets de voyage Ici & ailleurs” in Brest (France, 2015), “La plaça dibuixa” in the Fundació SETBA (Barcelona, 2015), or "Quaderns de viatge" in the Foradada space of the Centre Cívic de Trinitat Vella (Barcelona, 2015). He has been finalist in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the FNAC contest or urban sketching in sketchbook organized by Escola Joso and Zahorí de Ideas bookhouse.
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Carmen Ortiz - "I like what Crepax said: "Valentina is not only about eroticism , there are also adventure , work, emotional and family problems, etc. , so I dislike that there are people who see it only as an erotic figure, " explains Crepax"
I´m a Spanish self-taught artist born in Bilbao in 1971. I grew up watching classic films and listening to music, which influenced my illustrations. I´ve taken part in many exhibitions and my pencil portraits have appeared on several magazines and blogs.
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To say, to think, Valentina's what she wants to be!"
"César Moragues (Valencia 1965) is a illustrator and graphic designer since 1990. He studied at the School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Valencia "Advertising Drawing" and "Illustration". He has worked for all type of customers (Banks, Travel Agency, Municipalities, TV Producers, etc). In recent years his work focused on the graphics for television. Currently it has taken almost exclusively the work of illustrator, both artistic and digital media, etc ..."
Chema García - "Making a tribute to Valentina's a great honour, I grew up dreaming with Guido Crepax stories and other artists from the 70's and 80's, those were the golden age of comics who gave form to our own popular history.
Valentina's a true icon of the Pop culture, being also Crepax an avant gard and psychedelic artist. just love Guido Crepax's works. "
Since early nineties, I've been doing several works in Illustration and drawing.
My first comics were published by Undercomic and Subterfuge.
As an Illustrator I've worked for the magazines Rolling Stone, SM, Anaya among others.
Spanish publisher Astiberri Ediciones published in 2009 my most personal work, Cortocuentos, with my friend Borja Crespo as writer.
Over more than 20 years always creating new things, I've had the oportunity to work on other arts such as books, publicity, movies and animation.
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki Comic book festival 2016 and 1st exhibition at boémia caffe in Porto - Portugal.|
Chris Stygryt - "Valentina, flower by day and lusty petal by night, her perfume is a mixture of life and death, day-dreams of who are, have been and will be your lovers."
Stygryt, a straight-hair animal, is also a Hula-Hoop fan. In this season of general indolence, this beast howls during full moon nights.
Long live the beast, because it is the man´s model.
Participation in collective works:
2002 - Mis 80 000 primeras palabras (Ediciones Media Vaca, Valencia, España)
2006 - Arbre en plastique, feuilles en papier (La Cinquième couche; Bruxelles,Belgica)
2007 - The golden age (Kormoranos, Athena, Grecia)
2007 - Turkey 16 (The Hoochie Coochie, Poitiers, France)
2008 - King Kong, 75 años solidarios (Scifiworld, Pontevedra, España)
2013 - Un fanzine carré (Carré Hécatombre, Genève, Suiza)
2002 - El Arbol del Tiempo (Ediciones Conaculta, Mexico DF, México)
2003 - La Bestia (Editions de L'Oeuf, Rennes, Francia)
2007 - Valencia Erotica (Editions de L'Oeuf, Rennes, Francia)
2008 - Los dioses de Nimo (Editions Ecir, Valencia, España)
2009 - ¿Dónde está el lobo? (Nostra Ediciones, Coyoacán, México)
2010 - El extraño libro de colorear (Thule Ediciones, Barcelona, España)
2012 - Carnet d’aventure (Ponent Ediciones, Alicante, España)
Comic book writer
2008 - Puck, el beso de la sirena (Bang Ediciones, Barcelona, España)
2009 - El Mistigri (Ponent Ediciones, Alicante, España)
2011 - Captain Sargasses (Planeta de Agostini, Barcelona, España)
2012 - Le songe du fantôme (Editions de L'Oeuf, Rennes, Francia)
2012 - Antonin Phylifandre (Editions Akileos, Paris, Francia)
2014 - Léon l’extraterrestre (Sarbacane, Paris, Francia)
2015 - Equinoccio (Ponent Ediciones, Alicante, España)
2015 - Titú (Coco Press, Valencia, España)
Daniel Esteve - "Imagination, eroticism, voluptuosness, all expressed only white and black, shape and counterform. The duality of desire made graphic narrative."
Illustrator with a degree at Fine Arts by Barcelona University.
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, grew up and started his work as profissional Illustrator in Barcelona, being a teacher at Barcelona University while being also a creative Freelancer.
Currently lives in Santiago de Chile.
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki Comic book festival 2016 and 1st exhibition at boémia caffe in Porto - Portugal.|
Diego Fermin - "Bob haircut, submission and fine lines"
Diego Fermín (Zaragoza, Spain, 1975). I'm a freelance illustrator and object maker based in Toulouse, Southern France. I work for independent publishers and press mainly in Spain and France. I've also illustrated several children books and been exposed in different countries on solo and group exhibitions.
Dulce Escribano -
Eduardo Alvarado Sánchez-Cortés - "Valentina is my favorite female name. Valentina is the first erotic comics I remember having seen."
Felipe H. Navarro - "My first time with Valentina Rosselli was when I was 14 or 15 years old.
She was tall and slim... And she had a Louise Brooks Haircut Style. The perfect woman for a teenager.
I didn't understand her stories, but Guido Crepax was a great hypnotist, I was stunned by his pages.
When I was 14 or 15 year old, I fell in love with Valentina, and I'm still in love with her.
Thank you very much, Mr. Crepax".
Comic book artist and illustrator based in Madrid, Spain.
You can contact me at: email@example.com
Publicaciones / Published Work.
Sushi nº 3. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2015.
Abastos. (34 pages. Lettering and color). 3 Pintamonas, Spain 2015.
El Mar. Libros de Autoengaño, Spain 2015.
Arrós Negre nº 5. Arrós Negre, Spain 2014.
Putokrío. Edicions de Ponent, Spain 2014.
Boktor Magazine nº 3. Trompe l’œuf, Belgium 2013.
Estrella III. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2013.
Almanaque 2014. Cuadernos de Roldán, Spain 2013.
Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger. Great Beast Comics, UK 2013.
Mambo nº 2 + Suplemento ExpoKiss. Día X menos 60, Spain 2013.
Desahuciados. Ediciones Traspiés, Spain 2013.
Silence 2012. Centrala, Poland 2013.
Sushi nº 2. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2013.
Árboles naranjas. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2012.
Magic of Myths: 2013 Preview. Doodle Doodle Comics, USA 2012.
Kristiina från Kotka. Apart Förlag and others, Sweden 2012.
Catálogo de la Exposición Josechu El Vasco. Ayuntamiento de Basauri. Spain 2012.
Fanzine Armadillo nº 1. Armadillo Ediciones, Spain 2012.
Sushi nº 1. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2012.
El Galgo nº 1. Dulce locura, Spain 2012.
Shoestring Magazine. Vanhinsberg Media, UK 2012.
PervertiDOS. Ediciones Traspiés, Spain 2012.
Carteles ficticios. Postcards Set. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2011.
Caperucita. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2011.
The Morran Book Project. Studio Morran, Sweden 2011.
Cuentos preliminares. Acubillo Edicions, Spain 2011.
TBO4JAPAN. Dibbuks, Spain 2011.
Colibrí nº 3. Apa Apa Comics, Spain 2011.
Usted está aquí nº 3. Dibbuks, Spain 2011.
4 Monstruos. Pins, Círculo vicioso, Spain 2011.
Estrella II. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2010.
Mr. Spoqui Family Magazine nº 19. Mr. Spoqui, Portugal 2010.
Mr. Spoqui Family Magazine nº 18. Mr. Spoqui, Portugal 2010.
Lectura femenina. Gocco print. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2010.
Cuentos preliminares - teaser. Acubillo Edicions, Spain 2010.
Alitas. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2009.
El arte de Canción de hielo y fuego. Ediciones Gigamesh, Spain 2008.
Estrella. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2007.
Catálogo Cachalote Comix. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2007.
El fanzine. Fanzine, Spain, 2004.
Colección Sushi nº 3: Catálogo de imágenes. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2004.
3 Kings. Christmas card. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2003.
Colección Sushi nº 2: THe traGiCAL coMEdY oF tHe FishMaN & thE fiSh. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2003.
Colección Sushi nº 1: Jabberwocky. Cachalote Comix, Spain 2002.
Fernando Vicente - "I remember Valentina comics disturbed me young in the 80s almost as much as they still do now."
Fernando Vicente Spanish painter and illustrator, born in Madrid 1963.
His early work as an illustrator was published in the early eighties in the Madriz magazine, in the field of illustration as a cartoon. Since then he has worked for magazines such as La Luna de Madrid, Europa Viva, Ronda Iberia, Lapiz, Rock de Lux, Vogue, Playboy, El País Semanal, Gentleman, Letras Libres, Cosmopolitan, El Malpensante, Interviú or DT. From 1999 to present Babelia published regularly in the cultural supplement of El País.Thanks to this work has won three Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design.
Fidel Martínez Nadal - "Valentina gives us an imagination erotism, smart and refined that make her books being essential on this genre. Valentina is also, due to her beauty and Crepax drawing skills, a real masterpiece"
Born In Sevilla In 1979 with a Fine Arts Degree. Won an award at Spanish comic book event In Certamen de Cómic e Ilustración INJUVE In 2003. He created with Spanish script writer Jorge García, Graphic novels "Hacerse Nadie" and "Cuerda de Presas", being the latest nominated to several awards and that was also released In France. Together they created also comic book series “Enviado Especial” for Humo magazine. He has worked also on collective books like "Apocalípsis según San Juan" and "Tales from the end of the world".
Illustrated also Spanish books Zoombi, "Cinco canciones de cuna", "Los orígenes del lodo", "Ciencia Raíz" and a contemporary edition of Monkton report, by writer Wilkie Collins.
Gustavo Rico -
Gustavo Rico was born in Barcelona, Spain. There he studied Fine Arts at the Sant Jordi Faculty of the University. He worked in different disciplines such as painting, collage and graphic design. His artwork is inspired by the masters of the clear line: Chaland, Max, Daniel Torres, Miguel Calatayud, Micharmut or others specialized in children’s illustration: Heinz Edelmann, Jesús Gabán, José Ramón Sánchez and Stepan Zavrel. In 2000 and 2002 he was selected in the Comics and Illustration Contest Injuve, organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Spain with a cartoon that gives a preview of his interest in popular culture. In 2003 Injuve subsidizes the album "Hands of Sophie Walder," scripted by Alexandre d 'Averc and published by Edicions de Ponent.
An attachment to the Flamenco and Gypsy culture show the illustrations from the magazine “Cuadernos Gitanos” (Gypsies Notebooks) published by the Institute of Gypsy Culture of Spain, where he has worked on various issues. In collaboration with AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation & Development) Rico has given several workshops for children and curated the exhibition “Comic10″ in Abuja (Nigeria) and Algiers (Algeria) on the 10th anniversary of the Comics and Illustration Contest Injuve. In 2009, he illustrated for SM Editions the children’s book “Faith Green’s Secret” written by Jean François Chavas, Award Finalist in the Contest “Atrapallibres” organized by the Catalonian Council of Child and Youth Book (ClijCAT).
In 2011 he illustrated the first volume of “The Teeth of Eternity” by Jorge García for De Ponent Editions. The work shows a particular approach to Scandinavian mythology and Viking civilization. After a fruitful collaboration with this editor, where he has published several books individually and collectively, Norma editions takes charge of publishing the complete volume of "The Teeth of Eternity" is expected to come out in early 2016.
Since 2013 he is also an illustrator and designer merchandising for countless bands.
He is currently preparing with screenwriter Jorge Garcia a new graphic novel of medieval science fiction entitled "Myrddin".
Ivila Caballero - "Valentina isn't my time, isn't my place, isn't my world, but I can recognize her, anytime, everywhere."
I'm an illustrator based in Blanes, near Barcelona.
My work goes from press, workshops, editorial collaborations... also many collective exhibitions, Barcelona, London, Mexico.
Searching my place between young and adult content.
Jano Viñuela Agra - "I remember that I've found Valentina in the pages of an old spanish magazine called Totem Comix. I was an untrained teenager reading a not allowed adult addiction, lucky me to find a girl so pretty and at the same time, discover a woman with the ability to choose her destiny.
Since then I've had occasionally the opportunity to recognize a Valentina in real life, lucky me!!!"
I graduated in Fine Arts and joined a scholarship Erasmus in Bergen (Norway), also studied Illustration in Barcelona, at Massana School.
I worked as a graphic designer, cartoonist and illustrator in different companies and fields, from design to textile works and reprography.
Lately I have focused on drawing cartoons published in Bang! Editions, Demo, Autsaider Comics, Revista Mongolia, El Malpensante and above all, publisher illustration for Ir Indo, Alfabia, or organizations such as Barrié Foundation. I´m also an active teacher at graphic narrative worshops, focused on children at Museum of Contemporary Art (A Coruña) or Pontevedra Council.
I won some awards like Injuve (2002), the Certame Ourense (2003) and the Golden Globes (2011).
Last year, I was one of the fortunate guests at Viñetas desde o Atlántico comic festival celebrated in A Coruna.
At the present time I manage the digital magazine obotafumeiro.com
Javier Gay Llorente -
Javier Olivares - "Valentina bring us elegance and sofistication of the 70's, a lost age, with the talent and uniqueness of Crepax, a legacy that will live forever"
Javier Olivares, Madrid 1964.
Cartoonist and illustrator.
As an author he has published several albums, highlighting among them Estados Carenciales, La Caja Negra, Cuentos de La Estrella Legumbre and Las Crónicas de Ono y Hop.
He has published, along with the scriptwriter Santiago García, a comic strip adaptation of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the publishing house SM. He has collaborated with Fernando Marías in the books El Silencio se Mueve and Prisioneros de Zenda, both published by SM.
He has illustrated a great number of books for children and adults and his press illustrations have featured in newspapers such as El País or Público and currently can also be seen in El Mundo and El País Semanal.
He has imparted illustration workshops in Spain and in Latin America, and has recently published the novel Las Meninas, published by ASTIBERRI and with script by Santiago García, which latest edition in France has been published by Futurópolis.
|Exhibited at Fantagraphics, Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle and Scott's Eder gallery in New York - U.S.A.|
Javier Rodriguez -
While studying at the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona, Rodríguez and a group of friends (one of whom was Germán García of Tess Tinieblas, X-Men and Superman fame) started a comics fanzine called Froilán.In 1996, he pencils Anselmo Ensombras, a comic about the history of Spanish cinema for the 34th Gijón International Film Festival, and self-publishes the first issue of Love Gun, a futuristic four-issue miniseries about a group of friends with heavy social criticism on such issues as unemployment and economic independence of young people (the tagline of the comic was "in the XXI century, unemployment is still a problem..."). Only three issues were published, leaving the story unfinished, which still was enough to attract attention to the young cartoonist from the critics and the audience. In 1998, the Madrid publisher Under Cómic relaunched Love Gun with a new #1 and a new story. Ígor Medio helped Rodríguez with scripting and inking for the second volume. Although the title suffered from erratic publication and stopped production after four issues, leaving the story unfinished again, the series gained enough attention for the publisher to release some merchandise (posters, t-shirts, postcards), something absolutely unheard of in the independent Spanish comic book market.In 1999, Rodríguez was nominated for the "Best Newcomer" at the Salón del Cómic de Barcelona (Barcelona Comic Fair).
Rodríguez began his professional career contributing to the cult underground Spanish comics magazine El Víbora. Besides several short stories and cover illustrations, he created series Paraíso, Punk Rock Bar (later compiled in a single volume by Kappa Entrialgo in Italy), Tenebro and Comprobando la Realidad, scripted by Mauro Entrialgo. Rodriguez continued to appear in the pages of El Víbora until 2002.
At the same time Rodríguez does some custom short comics like Blue Joven (for BBVA) and Los Potaje (for the municipality of Gijón), included in a campaign to prevent alcohol abuse aimed at schools, as well as various illustrations for music bands like Manta Ray, Australian Blonde and Felpeyu. He also worked on film production and advertisements for companies such as LolaFilms, Canal Plus and Mediapro, and played in a band called Kactus Jack.
In late 2002 he publishes his first full color graphic novel Wake Up through Glénat. 2003 marks his debut on the American market, not as a penciller but as the colourist; he debutes on the limited series Batgirl: Year One by DC Comics (drawn by Marcos Martín and inked by Álvaro López, both also of Spanish origin). Since then he coloured a lot of covers and interior for both DC and Marvel, occasionally pencilling for various Daredevil and Spider-Man-related publications.
Rodríguez contributed to every issue of the children's magazine Mister K with his series Crononautas, and co-created Lolita HR with Delphine Rieu for Les Humanoïdes Associés, originally serialized in Shogun Mag and later compiled in manga-style volumes.
Joaquin Aldeguer -
Jon Ander Azaola - “Valentina is one of my favorite comic book character over her charms; mystery and sensuality. This little tribute is to say “thanks” to the great Maestro Guido Crepax”
Graduated in Fine Arts by the University of the Basque country in Bilbao with the speciality of drawing and painting.
First prize in 1992 on the second Certamen de dibujo y pintura. Ateneo de San Juan. Puerto Rico.
Kultur Etxea. Torrebillela. Mungia. Vizcaya in 1999
Jardin de Serrano. Madrid in 1999
First art festival in Tokyo. Japan in 2002.
International Art Fair The Hague. Netherlands in 2002
José Gabriel Miedes -
José Luis Ágreda - "Valentina represents freedom and pleasure. Freedom in the Mise-en-scene and stetic pleasure."
José Luis Ágreda is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist since 1998. His work frequently appears in newspapers and magazines (El Pais, El Jueves, Fotogramas, Orgullo y Satisfacción...), and in the main spanish book publishers (Planeta, Norma, Santillana, Pearson, Espasa...). His other credits include projects in advertising (Ogilvy, Draft...), and character design for animation (Disney TV, Siriol Productions, Neptuno Films...)
In 2008 he started a series of fifteen children books with his character CARLA (Timun Mas).
He created the graphic novel, “Pink Harvest” (Undercomic), in 2001 and the book received the “Best Spanish Comic” award in both the Barcelona and the Madrid comic conventions.
Juan Berrio - "Of Valentina, I was fascinated, apart by her obvious sensuality, by her sadness"
Juan Berrio. Freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Madrid, Spain.
His work frequently appears in newspapers and magazines (BusinessWeek, NewsWeek, L'expansion, MarieClaire, Elle, GQ, Quo, Cinemanía, Vanidad, El País, El Periódico de Catalunya, ABC...)
Ejercicios de ilustración (1995, Self-publishing), Mañana es martes, A saltos (1997 and 2003, Under Cómic), Siempre la misma Historia (2004, Astiberri), Aritmética ilustrada (2006, Astiberri), Calles contadas / Recounting streets (2008, Self-publishing / Diabolo), Dentro de nada (2010, Astiberri), La tirita (2010, Dibbuks), El zoo de Antón (2010, Bang ediciones), Miércoles (2012, Sins Entido), Cuaderno de frases encontradas (2013, Self-publishing), Kiosco (2014, Dibbuks).
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki - comic book festival - 2016 and second exhibition boémia caffe - Porto - Portugal|
Juan Díaz Canales -
Juan Díaz Canales (born 1972) is a Spanish comics artist and an animated film director, known as the co-creator of Blacksad.
At an early age, Juan Díaz Canales became interested in comics and their creation, which progressed and broadened out to include animated films. At the age of 18, he entered a school for animation. In 1996 he founded, together with three other artists, a company called Tridente Animation. Through this, he has worked with European and American companies, providing plots and scripts for comics and animation films, as well as directing animated television series and animation movies.
Currently working with Ruben Pellejero on Corto Maltese new book and creator of Blacksad with Juanjo Guarnido.
|Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki - comic book festival - 2016|
Kosta - "Valentina, like the rest of the work of Guido Crepax, incorporate influences in his pages that contributing at the time of its creation to make visible the expressives and narrative possibilities of comic, an art still evolving"
He has done illustrations and comics to magazines, newspapers and public institutions.
His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, festivals and biennals in places like Spain, Italy, Colombia , Finland or Croatia .
Teaches workshops on graphic narrative.
At some febrile point between Das Rheingold and Bathory's Twilight of the Gods I may have scratched the screen of my wacom. But is all right, I choose not to cry."
Lem Castañeda, years ago an illustrator for spaniards newspapers and magazines, later changed his way of living and went in pursuit of what he has never called "The Big Black Welsh". Now the welsh is gone, the black is longed, and he is showing some drawings again. Probably working on a long time abandoned comic project.
Don't trust this person if you find him on your way to church.
Miguel Almagro - "I've found Valentina on the spanish magazine Totem published by Nueva Frontera, I've bought it on second hand at San Antonio market in Barcelona, in this magazine, I've searched mostly Moebius, but while searching this artist also found Hugo Pratt, Muñoz y Sampayo, Druillet and others, also Guido Crepax and his Valentina, by that time I was 15 years old and didn't understood Crepax artwork but I could see his images of Valentina that sometimes were a bit scary, the stylized and thin women that the artist drew were for me like insect women, like sacred mantis."
I was born in 1967 and at 6 years old, my big brother brung me the Fantastic 4 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with a number where appears a silver star telling over the arrival of Galactus, since this moment I started to read comics and trying to copy the "King" drawings.
Later my family went to Barcelona and on a library, I've discovered the adventures of Tintín and later Richard Corben, Robert Crumb and many others.
Since then never forgot the fondness that I've had over comics and illustration.
Pedro Espinosa - "When I first saw Valentina , it was a blast to me.
I must have been about 12 years old at the time.
In a small newspaper shop close to my house, between Pumby, Capitán Trueno, Jabato, Mortadelo, Anacleto, las Hermanas Gilda, Asterix and Obelix or Lieutenant Blueberry appeared Linus, and my life completely changed.
The artwork of Enric Sió, Josep Maria Bea, Alberto Breccia, and Guido Crepax opened my eyes to other creative, narrative and sexual worlds that I couldn't imagine. Of course that I started to explore them with passion.Valentina guided this journey of mine ".
SER MALO ES BUENO
EL MISTERI DEL CARRER DE LES GLICINES
LA TRIPULACIÓN DEL PÁNICO
KMM, Bassat en fets reals. : Novel Gráfica.http://www.cossetania.com/kmm-novella-grafica-1446
SALGARIANA. Álbum colectivo sobre la vida de Emilio Salgari : http://www.tebeosfera.com/obras/publicaciones/salgariana_semana_negra___pepsi_2005.html
Pedro Rodriguez -
Pepe Boada -
Piedad Ortiz - "It is an honor for me to participate in this tribute to Valentina , the most emblematic character of Guido Crepax"
Self-taught artist born in Barakaldo (Spain) in 1973. Started making comic at the age of 14 years after seeing in the comic magazine Metal Hurlant authors such as Pratt, Moebius and Manara . She is influenced by European and American comics authors like: Will Eisner, Pratt, Mattotti, Jeff Smith, Craig Thompson, Crepax and Gippi. She has made several exhibitions throughout the years and has also collaborated with various publications and fanzines , winning some contests comic.
Pi Ortiz autopublished her first comic book "Tales of a Siamese crab" in 2011, a collection of short stories about a crab and his way of dealing with life. Lately has autopublished some titles: "Musa" , "Hands", "La Maraña", "20 rules of Grace and is working new stories.
Ruben Pellejero - "In the seventies meeting Valentina was a shock. I do not always understood her stories but the sensuality and morbidity that emerge on them is unique. Guido drawing and page assembly especially were always very risky and new."
Ruben Pellejero began his artistic career in 1970, but it wasn't until 1983 that he made his debut in comics. That year, he started a historical series about Barcelona for the magazine Cimoc ('Historias de Barcelona'). His creative production really took flight when he started collaborating with the Argentine writer Jorge Zentner. Their collaboration started out with 'Las Memorias de Monsieur Griffaton' in 1983, which was followed by 'FM' in 1984 and the series 'Dieter Lumpen'. Pellejero then began working for the French market, and joined the publishing house Casterman and the magazines À Suivre and Corto. In addition, he did comic adaptations for Je Bouquine and Fripounet. In 1989, he illustrated 'De Aap is Los' for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly (script by Frans Hasselaar).
Pellejero and Zentner made the award-winning 'Le Silence de Malka' in 1995. This impressive work relates the story of the Jewish community in Argentina, that fled from the pogroms in Russia after the death of Alexander II. Casterman then published the anthologies 'Blues' and 'Tabous', both written by Zentner. Ruben Pellejero has participated in the Frank Giroud comic projects 'Secrets' (the story ' L'écorché' in 2006-07) and 'Destins' (2011).
Since 2000, Pellejero has created several graphic novels for the Aire Libre collection of the publishing house Dupuis. The first one was 'Un Peu de Fumée Bleue' with text by Denis Lapière (2000), and it was followed by 'Tour de Valse' (2004) and the diptych 'L'Impertinence d'un été' (2009-10), another collaboration with Lapière.
It never rains but it pours. Hot on the heels of the news that IDW will be publishing the whole of Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese in English for the first time, publishers Casterman have announced that Blacksad writer Juan Diaz Canales and Spanish artist Ruben Pellejero have been tapped to author a new, original Corto Maltese story. Due for release in October 2015, the book will be simultaneously released in French, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, although there is no news yet of a potential English edition from IDW or anyone else.
Sandra Hernández - "I've always asked myself what was happenning to Miss Rosselli. She always seemed a bit bored and sad, sometimes lost in a dream that she can't escape from. Her reality, she only seems to escape it, by awaking her most hidden fantasies, that thin line that seems dangerous to cross."
Sandra Hernandez was born in Barcelona in 1977. Since childhood she spends her free time scratching all papers she finds, until her mother, sick of drawings on the blank pages of all her novels, decides to enroll her to a municipal school of drawing hoping to save for their classes her drawing cravings... but without much success. At thirteen she enrolled in the municipal school of comic of El Prat de Llobregat, where she has her first contact with the adult comic. In 1993, at sixteen, she entered the Escola Massana where she made the specialty of Drawing, graduating after three years of joy and dissipation. After participating in several group exhibitions and develop a passion for the visual arts, she becomes the curator of the exhibition hall of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de el Prat until she goes to live in Barcelona where a black hole swallows her passing several years between doctors' offices and waiting rooms in hospitals. More restored in 2010, she decides to redraw. In 2013 she returned to study at the Massana, this time illustration. In 2014 she works as an illustrator in the children's program of the Catalan regional television, illustrating five of the ten programs that make up the season. Today, she divides her time between hugs for her cat and her desk.
|Published in the first free limited Fantagraphics booklet and Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki comic book festival - 2016|
Santiago Sequeiros - "Valentina es para mí un animal simbólico doble: Es Salomé y también el Bautista. Valentina busca su identidad en un sacrifio ritual.
Tratando de responderse a la vieja pregunta de si es lo que proyecta o proyecta lo que es, se convierte en víctima y verdugo"
"For me Valentina's an animal with double meaning: She's Salomé and also John, the Baptist. Valentina searches her identity on a ritual sacrifice. While trying to answer to the old question over if she is what she projects or projects what she is, she turns herself into victim and slave-driver".
Santiago Sequeiros. 8/10/1971. aciddentaly born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lives a twisted and calm infancy in Madrid, Vigo and Sevilla.
In 1987 begins his professional work on magazines “Imajen de Sevilla” and “Tótem, el Comix”, influenced by Argentine artist José Muñoz graphic works and sequential language by American artist Frank Miller.
Regarding his themes are always his self compassive nature, his bitter love over death, his feelings over a twisted sexuality and his existencial guilt, his inability to understand the world and his inner self, his atrocious fear and the love over the words by Valle-Inclán finish his stories: Creates his own Palomar (inspired by artist Beto Hernandez) and the imaginary city of Mala Pena is born.
A year later on a lucid moment goes to Barcelona to learn graphics at Escola Elisava de Diseño. This moment lasts for four years.
With his studies finished starts on what to do with his life without work or any benefit, except for the bartenders at cities such as London, Barcelona, Sevilla, New York and Mallorca.
Desperately goes to Madrid in 2002.
worked has a comic book artist in magazines such as spanish “Imajen de Sevilla”, “Totem, el Comix”, “El Vibora”, “Makoki”, “Nosotros somos los Muertos”, American " Dirty Comics” Swiss “Strappazzin” among many others.
Has three comic books : “Ambigú” (1994), “Nostromo Quebranto” (1995) and "Tó Apeirón” (1997); an anthology with short stories, “La Mala Pena” (2000); and a sketchbook, “Viva mi Dueño”. Has worked on collective projectos such as “11-M Once Miradas” (2005) and “Sónic Cómix” (2001).
His work gave him the Award “Autor Revelación” at Salón Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona in 1996 and some individual exhibitions at comic book festivals in Barcelona, A Coruña, Sevilla, La Paz (Bolivia)… and collective ones at Brussels (Belgium), Luzern (Switzerland), Torino (Italy), Madrid and Mallorca in Spain.
As Illustrator has worked on Spanish newspaper such as "El Mundo”, “El País” and “El Periódico de Cataluña”; in Spanish magazines "Rolling Stone”, “Primera Línea”, “Tretze vents”, “Training & Development, Digest” , “Más libros”, etc….
Illustrated the following books at Spain “El Mercado y la Globalización” and “Los Mongoles en Bagdad” by Spanish writer Jose Luis Sampedro (Ed. Destino), “Problemas” (Ed. De Ruina) and “El diabólico Fú Manchú” by Max Rhomer (Ed.B). Received the “Silver 1999” award for press Illustration on the de ilustración XXI edition of the Best Newspaper Design de la SND at U.S.A.
Did also animation with Spanish channel Canal + as director and scriptwriter and another one as director, artist and scriptwriter in 1999 of a 30 seconds micromovie for Spanish channel “Cinemanía” . In 2003 works with Spanish channel Digital + directing two other animations for programs “Dcine Estudio” and “Dcine Español”. Received the first award on the category of best short movie in 2000 at Annecy animation film festival in France.
Currently lives in Carboneras, Almería. By the sea.
|Published in the first free limited Fantagraphics booklet and Exhibited at Finland - Helsinki comic book festival - 2016|
Sonia Pulido - "Valentina, en loop."
Master of Arts, specialized in engraving and printing. University of Barcelona.
Illustrations for: Wall Street Journal, AD France, New York Times, El País Semanal, Boston Globe,
Harper's Baazar Spain, Rockdelux, Marie Claire, La maleta de Portbou, Jot Down, Orsai, Oxfam
Intermon, Editorial Blackie Books, Editorial Alfaguara, Editorial Planeta, Editorial Anaya, Editorial SM;
Kosmópolis (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona), FNAC, Cinemanía, Ling, Calle 20, Woman
magazine, amongst others.
Since 2012 co-founder of the illustrated ceramics project UHAALA!.
Since 2010 teaching activities in various art schools in Barcelona.
"Viñetas de vida". Oxfam - Asitberri, Spain, 2014.
"Un samurai ve el amanecer desde Acapulco". La caja de cerillos ediciones, México, 2013.
"El arte de la imperfección en la cocina". Ed. Gallonero, Spain, 2012.
"Caza de conejos". Ed. Libros del zorro rojo, Spain / Argentina, 2012.
“El Park Güell de Gaudí”. Tres editores libros ilustrados, Spain, 2011.
“Duelo de Caracoles”. Editorial Sins Entido, España; Éditions Cambourakis, France. 2010.
“Cromos de luxe. Sonia Pulido”. Editorial Monográfico. Spain; Les éditions de la cerise. France. 2008.
“Puede que esta vez”. Editorial Sins Entido, España; Éditions de L’An2, France. 2006.
Prizes and awards
Junceda, Best fiction book for adults for "Caza de conejos", 2013.
Junceda, Best Graphic Novel for “Duelo de Caracoles”, 2011.
Selection within the American Illustration 28.
Selection within the Young Illustrators Award 2008. Zurich.
Junceda Adult Fiction Books for “Cromos de Luxe”, 2008.
XL young artists will mark the next decade. Awarded by El Duende magazine, Madrid, Spain 2008
1818_2012. Una mirada contemporánea, Museo ABC, Madrid, 2012.
“Poetry Illustrated”. Spain Now!. Pop-up Space The Soho Gallery, Londres, 2011.
“Picnic”. Galería Como me ves te verás. Barcelona, 2010.
“Duelo de caracoles”. Espacio Sins Entido, Madrid, 2010.
“Sonia Pulido. Separar por Colores”. Casa de la Provincia, Sevilla, 2009. Exposición itinerante.
Toni Benages Gallard -
Toni Benages i Gallard (Badalona 1970). Director del Crypshow Festival, artist and ilustrator...
Made the books "Les extraordinàries aventures de Francesc Pujols" (Males Herbes, 2015), "Total Wars" (Scifiworld Comics, 2011) y "Las manos en los bolsillos" (Edicions de Ponent, 2006). Draws in "Scifiworld Magazine" and "Revista Xiulit".
Promotor of "La Cripa" magazine (2012), inker In Rubén Pellejero and Christoper book "The Long and Winding Road" (Kennes editions, 2016) works also with David González In the show
"This is not another freaky TV show".