Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Upcoming exhibition to Alberto Breccia at Porto in boémia caffe - May -2017

Alberto Breccia's picture given to me by his daughter Patricia Breccia


Writing about Alberto Breccia is writing about World History and Art.
Several readers all over the world know that as an artist he adapted excellent literature masterpieces like American writer Lovecraft masterpiece "Cthulhu myths",short stories by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, tales and stories based on writers such as Ernesto Sabato from Argentina, Gabriel Garcia Marquez from Colombia, Grimm Bros from Germany, José Luis Borges from Argentina or Robert Louis Stevenson from U.S,A among  others with some of his friends that were writers also like Carlos Trillo, Norberto Buscaglia, Guillermo Saccomano or the masterpieces that he created with Argentine writer Hector Oesterheld's Mort Cinder or Perramus with Juan Sasturain or even the stories that he created based on the hystorical character Che that was drawn by him and his son Enrique Breccia or another based on another hystorical character such as Evita Perón with scripts by Hector Oesterheld. 
 After having curated in this same coffeeshop with the help of excellent international artists pieces of art with published books all over the world written in several languages like the one curated to Italian maestro Crepax comic book character Valentina, that with this character portrayed the role of the modern woman from the XX and XXI century showing in the 60's with this character, the same rights between the male and female species and two more dedicated to the love that all people have with their own pets (with my kitty Ilvie present in my recent memories in her company at the time, due to the sudden loss of her physical presence as my muse) and another one that I've curated with a theme as sinple and complex as "identity" in the society created for every single human being while posing questions such as:
- Who are we?
- Who were we?
- What will we become in the future?    
 and that can be seen in previous posts in this blogue or even watched at youtube videos describing them in this same blogue.   
I've decided to curate another one in this same space - the amazing coffeeshop boémia caffe in Porto's city, because it's a space where commom people go every single day to have a coffee or eat something, dedicated to maestro Alberto Breccia that worked by helping his father as a butcher by cutting the intestines of some animals, being this a sort of liaison with Porto's History that it's know because its inhabitants ate pork intestines in order to give meat to a military expedition to Ceuta, that's a city that belongs to Spain and that it's located in Africa, as ordered by Prince Henry, the navigator in 1415.
 Even today pork intestines are a typical dish of Porto's city and that its inhabitants love to eat it, so it's an amazing coincidence that I'm curating this exhibition since I'm also a simple inhabitant of the beautiful city of Porto.  
 Alberto Breccia was mostly known by his work in arts and how he thought first in the concept of family, freedom of speech while also battling against dictatorship in Argentina at Buenos Aires that had as a victim of it his friend and writer Hector Oesterheld that "conveniently" was arrested and disappeared in 1977 having Oesterheld only 58 years old. 
 Writing about Breccia is writing about words such as humanity, humility, simplicity and fight against social and political opression.
Sometimes I do think that some things happen first at Porto's city in the world (maybe because Porto's one of the oldest cities in the world and never was defeated by any conqueror in World History),
 I'm having as "partners" in this venture some international artists that appear on the bottom of this post with a list organized by their country of birth and that also have published books all over the world and in several languages and to whom, I deeply thank them from the bottom of my heart for their kindness towards this project to maestro Alberto Breccia because without their works this exhibition could not be held.          
Special thanks to the excellent Argentine artist mister ED that it's providing a poster for it, to the excellent artist and human being that is Patricia Breccia (that's one of Alberto Breccia's daughters), to my family, to owner of boémia caffe coffeeshop Daniel Castro for providing the space for it (I know that Alberto Breccia loved common people and life) and to my kitty ilvie that will continue to be forever and ever in my heart and soul.
I've decided to include also music videos on this post because Alberto Breccia lived in Buenos Aires and he loved Astor Piazzolla, just like his daughters Cristina and Patricia Breccia also do and I've thought that it was good to have this music theme in Spanish as company for the ears, eyes and mind for the readers of this blogue also in this project, since in my opinion perhaps it'll be a little bit loony one :), I've also posted another music by a musician born in Porto that in its lyrics in Portuguese talks about our inner ghosts and I'm sure that Breccia had his own inner ghosts also.           
Later when the exhibition is displayed, I'll write another post about it with pictures of it,
Stay tuned for further info in this same blogue.   

Manuel Espírito Santo

International artists that paid tribute to Alberto Breccia and his works

Argentina
Mister ED
Gonzalo Ruggieri
Patricia Breccia
German Genga 
Fer Calvi
Catriel Tallarico
Pato Delpeche
Dario Mekler
Mukor Bazan
Delius 
Fernando Sawa

Austria
Nicolas Mahler

Brazil
Rodrigo Rosa
Carlos Ferreira
Eder

France
Beuh

Belgium
Christophe Swijsen

Poland
Bartosz Jekiel
Nikodem Cabala

Portugal
João Sequeira
Paulo Pinto
Júlia Barata
Derradé
Osvaldo Medina

Italy
Stefano Zattera
Sérgio Ponchionne

Israel
Cadial 

Croatia
Danijel Zezelj

Spain
Javier Olivares
Ruben Pellejero
Joaquin Aldeguer
José Luís Ágreda
Jon Ander Azaola
Pau Masip
Javier Gay Llorente
Toni Benages Gallard
Victor Puchalski
Daniel Esteve 

Jordan
Mike V Derderian

Sweden

Emil Gunnar Maxén
Nicolas Krizan

Switzerland
Alex Baladi

Serbia
Danilo Milosev

Uruguay
Mattias Bergara

U.S.A
Bill Koeb





Astor Piazzolla's song and music video "Balada para un Loco



Pedro Abrunhosa's song and music video "fantasmas




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A landmark day - An upcoming collection through Fantagraphics -worker's day

Professional cards based on a picture of my kitty Ilvie with design by Argentine artist Mister Ed    

Yesterday was the worker's day in my country and I'm sure that will be a day where History in comic books was made.
I can't reveal too much of it (that's why I only put in this post pictures of my professional card with design by the excellent artist mister ED that sometimes seems like my left and right hand on my projects), but I'm working a lot at Fantagraphics on it and once again also with help by international artists finished works and more artists that are still finishing their works.
 Here's the list of the artists organized by the countries where they were born in bold 

Argentina 
Mister ED 
Patricia Breccia 
Fer Calvi 
Gonzalo Ruggieri 
Catriel Talarico 
Dario Mekler 
German Genga 
Pato Delpeche 
Quique Alcatena 
Austria 
Nicolas Mahler 
Brazil 
Rafael Sanzio 
Rodrigo Rosa 
Carlos Ferreira 
Eder 
Croatia 
Danijel Zezelj 
France 
Beuh 
Italy 
Stefano Zattera 
Sérgio Ponchionne 
Jordan 
Mike V. Derderian 
Poland 
Bartosz Jekiel 
Nikodem cabala 
Portugal 
João Sequeira 
Julia Barata
Osvaldo Medina 
Paulo Pinto 
Dario Duarte 
Serbia 
Danilo Milosev 
Spain 
Pau Masip 
Toni Benages Gallard
José Luís Ágreda 
Jon Ander Azaola 
Javier Olivares 
Victor Puchalvski 
Ruben Pellejero
Javier Gay Llorente 
Sweden 
Emil Gunnar Maxén 
Nicolas Krizan 
Uruguay 
Mattias Bergara 
U.S.A 
Bill Koeb 

Many thanks to all international artists involved in this project 
Special thanks to Patricia Breccia, Cristina Breccia, Gary Groth for their trust in me and to my kitty Ilvie that it's still in my dreams as my muse and will always be.

Manuel Espírito Santo 



Tributes to Crepax - limited free 1st, second and third booklet -Fantagraphics Crepax collection





Good afternoon to all readers, collectors and international artists, here's a small text about tributes to Valentina by Crepax.
Selecting and organizing tributes to Valentina by Crepax for limited booklets for Fantagraphics Crepax collection from excellent artists from all over the world isn't an easy task, since we can't publish them all right now, but we'll do it in the near future.
 I've comunicated with more than 100 artists in several languages and the feedback was awesome from all of them with all your awesome support (not only with this character, but also with other exhibitions that I've also curated in Porto based on cats as pets due to the loss of my kitty Ilvie and an identity one that was an huge sucess), my heart felt thanks goes to all of you, who backed me in these exhibitions aswell.
 In order to publish these tributes to Valentina we also had full support of Caterina Crepax and Gary Groth, because without it, these booklets couldn't be published for sure.
 Valentina by Italian maestro Crepax is a strong character based on the role of the independence of women regarding male opression through her dreams and fantasies, while being a married woman with her own children, portraying herself like a 21st century woman and not only an erotica character.
 All the international artists made excellent visions of her that appeared (and will appear) in free limited booklets and also at exhibitions all over the world like the one that I've curated at Beja - Portugal in the  X comic book festival in June's 2014 (with Guido Crepax's originals also), at Helsinki - Finland in comic book festival in September 2016, 2 at Porto - Portugal in boémia caffe in 2016 In May and August and two others also in 2016 at Seattle - U.S.A in Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in April and at New York - U.S.A in Scott Eder's gallery in May also with Guido Crepax's originals (all these exhibitions can be seen in this same blogue in previous posts).

Here's the list of the artists that were already published in 2 limited free booklets (and the third one that's being prepared) by Fantagraphics to go along Fantagraphics Crepax collection.

Published first Fantagraphics Crepax free limited booklet organized by countries where the artists were born in bold 

Argentina 
Mister ED
Brazil 
Alex Korolkovas 
Spain 
Sandra Hernandez 
Santiago Sequeiros 
New Zealand 
Dylan Horrocks 
Portugal 
Ricardo Drumond 
U.S.A 
Bill Sienkiewicz 
George Pratt 
Gilbert Hernandez 
Richard Sala 
Noah Van Sciver 
Mark Wheatley 

Published second Fantagraphics Crepax free limited booklet organized by countries where the artists were born in bold 

Argentina 
Santiago Caruso 
France 
Walter Minus 
Italy 
Sérgio Ponchionne 
Mexico 
Tony Sandoval 
Spain 
Javier Olivares 
UK 
Brian Bolland 
David Lloyd 
Rian Hughes 
U.S.A 
Benjamin Marra
Roberta Gregory 
Peter Kuper 
Bob Burden 
Paul Pope 

Yet to be published third Fantagraphics Crepax free limited booklet organized by countries where the artists were born in bold 

Argentina 
Patricia Breccia 
Brazil 
Rodrigo Rosa 
Croatia 
Danijel Zezelj 
Italy 
Caterina Crepax 
Japan 
John Kurokawa 
Spain 
Fidel Martinez Nadal
Pedro Espinosa 
José Luís Ágreda 
U.S.A 
Bill Koeb
Brian Biggs 
David Lasky
Jeffrey Alan Love 
Olivia De Bernardinis 

Many to all international artists for the support in this project
Special thanks to Caterina Crepax, Gary Groth and to my kitty Ilvie that's still my muse and source of inspiration.
Manuel Espírito Santo







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

25th April - 2017 and a revolution in Portugal - A professional card



Today in my country is a date that stands up for freedom of speech when a revolution happened in 25th April 1974 against fascism.
 I was only a baby  when this revolution started without any kind of weapons by Portuguese common people.
 I've decided to make in this date some beautiful professional cards with design by the excellent Argentine artist mister ED with a drawing by him of my kitty Ilvie on it, that represents the work that I've did or that I'm doing at this concept/blogue, because I think that I'm not only a fan of arts,books, exhibitions or comics but I'm also a professional, since 2010 until now.
 I've organized a comic book festival in Porto in 2010 named MAB with excellent artists in it with a small team and a partner that can be seen in previous posts, 

 I've curated several exhibitions all over the world with the help of several international artists with the concept/idea - Invicta Indie Arts that was created by myself and a partner and that also can be seen at previous posts at this same blogue.
 I've wrote several texts and curated several exhibitions for Beja international comic book festival and even helped organizing some books for publishing portuguese company Gfloy and even some books at Levoir.
 I've interviewed several well known international artists from all over the world and started thinking on organizing some comic books collections to a seattle based publishing company called Fantagraphics as consultant editor which I did and I'm still doing, (this can also be seen in previous posts),
 Please stay tuned for more info about some news that are going to happen in the near future.  
     Thanks to all excellent artists from all over the world that support some of my ideas with their works that I try to exhibit it all over the world,
 Special thanks to Argentine artist Mister ED for the design of the card, to Gary Groth for his trust in me, to Patricia Breccia as the amazing artist and human being that she's, to Daniel Castro for supporting my ideas and to my kitty Ilvie that's always in my dreams.




Front of my professional card 
Back of my professional card 


Cards displayed at a coffeeshop in Porto

Sample of the card 



Friday, April 7, 2017

Where the days have years - Personal Project - Exhibition-book - Et in Arcadia Ego


Catching a picture in a window frame at Miss Pavlova coffeeshop in Porto



Thinking on a forest...
Dreaming with kittens...


A kitty that I've seen growing up



Puzzle with a sudden blur...
Sharing love with a pie while trying to capture a movie.
Lost in 1993 working and working with no gain...
Depeche Mode and Einsturzende Neubauten are in my thoughts...

Depeche Mode - Devotional Tour - Porto

 Einsturzende Neubauten at Voz do operário




Hair being grabbed by my hands...
Soft kisses whispered in a woman's ear...

2016 - Almada's street sunk into a boat where workers use to stand and to be recognized...
Handmade, handjunk, handful of gain.
A coffee spread into the horizon...
Smoking while dreaming...

Abandoned houses at almada's street in Porto



1993 - police officers everywhere while a van filled with money is being deposited...
A treasure is hidden in a mere napkin with lips stains on it.
Cocteau Twins are in our hears, hearts and dreams..
A sparrow said this to a tree: 
- I need a pie to be free.
- I need a picture of you to jump like a mere flea.

Cocteau Twins - Treasure



A kitty stands close to me while we're lost in a Diamanda Galas concert while saying this to thee: 
- Are you the divine glory that will carry me into your house while being me? 

Diamanda Galas in Hard Club - Gaia



In 2017, I think in a mere pencil or a rubber and I only write and write, how the bitter juice of lemons were the sweetest thing that could be provided to me.p

Being the best version of myself



March 1993 - You're in a street next to me giving me bread while I try to give you words and sympathy.


A warrior

April 2017 - We're both lost in a closet, in a mirror, in a shadow while I try to gather info from thee.
(Being hunted by a freak gives me the creeps) 


Not lost in a professional card



Essence in my professional card


1994 - You're within me and I'm into you and I clearly remember that in a sweet September we were shadows on a wall while being lost in a mere hall.


Filipinha, Cátia and Baltazar at Francelos




June 2016 - I scent your perfume everywhere and how your clothes and hair used to be.


A soul trapped in Porto's subway glasses 



March 2017 - I remember a hidden feeling in my heart and soul.


Ilvie - Heart and soul 


December 1994 - I'm with you into the blue..





November 2016 - I'm not feeling blue, but I search for my youth.



Cat's exhibition at boémia caffe in Porto with help of international artists




February 1995 - We've a baby kitty pure and white as snow.


My first baby Jacky



June 1996 - We've another baby kitty that haunts our dreams..


My second baby Nuala 



February 2017 - My heart's in your hands while I listen to your soul screaming for me.
A rose is being held for thee, while I smoke a cigarette being FREE.


Magical Ilvie



April 1998 - Another kitty whispers to us.


My kitty Jacky and my third baby Maya



April 2017 - I'm watching cartoons with my youngest niece.




My niece Letícia 



Gift to Letícia by Argentine artist Mister ED



December 2003 - Another baby kitty appears to us and she smiles at me having a fragile body and a strong heart and soul.


My fourth baby Pimpolha 


January 2017 - I'm dreaming of you and how you were always on my shoulder, head and back.


Ilvie reading my books 



November 2016, someone says this to me: 
- What do you want to do with your life for a while? 
- Are you searching for poems in oblivion? 
- Are you trapped while searching for your essence? 
I don't have words to reply, so I gaze and try to gather some oxygen while fearing Satan that's behind me.

Being a bit like José Mourinho


January 2000
We don't know what to do... 
We don't know who are we... 
We don't what's that sound that appears out of a sudden.


The invisibles issue 5 by Grant Morrison with design by Rian Hughes 



September 2016 
Dreaming with Andaluzia... 
Lost in thoughts at Sevilla...
Looking at the time...
Smoking a cigarette...


A frame in glass at Porto's subway 



August 2016 
Dreaming with Mexico...
Lost in thoughts...
No time...
Smoking a cigarette...


Smoking a cigarette at boémia caffe with a drawing of  Mourinho by Spanish artist Santiago Sequeiros



June 2016 
Trying to pick ice in Finland..


Exhibition at Finland comic book festival - tributes to Valentina - Design by Portuguese artist Sérgio Rocha



No thoughts, only love...
No fear when our bodies are being melted down in sweat...
Looking at a paper doll forming a comic book character within ourselves...


Endless poster


April 2016 
No words...
My kitty's Ilvie sleeping with me while gazing into my eyes...


Ilvie in a handmade box that was given to me



May 2016 
My kitty's Ilvie is asking me for food while I'm always talking with her..
Try to work... Foot hurts... But my kitty needs me...


Love + heart + soul



February 2016 
A Valentine's gift is being wrapped by my own hands while I do try to make a story...
(Scotland's shame's on and my body seems that It's burning)


Santiago Sequeiros - Mourinho


December 2015 
Rain pours on our heads and we know that we're being dead souls...
My kitty Ilvie stares at me while I give her food from my hand...



Dreaming Ilvie


June 2014 


Crepax exhibition - Beja X comic book festival front poster 


Crepax exhibition - Beja X comic book festival back poster 



I'm curating a show...
I'm at the first row...
Books are being displayed in a talk while I think on Jim Jarmusch's movies.



A Jim Jarmusch movie



June 2013 
I listen live to Explosions in the sky without My Bloody Valentine, my body is in limbo while I only think in a morning bell without pictures.


Explosions in the sky at Nos - Primavera Sound Porto



My Bloody Valentine at Nos - Primavera Sound Porto


April 2017 
I'm still at Miss Pavlova coffeeshop searching for Michaela Pavlatova animations.


Michaela Pavlatova - Carnival of animals


Someone's shouts to me: 
- Go away...
- Find your soul in a lost street...
- Every breath you take we're watching you...


At Boémia caffe with a t-shirt with a Valentina sketch study by Santiago Sequeiros



I don't answer and I'm certain that I'm like Winston's character in George Orwell's novel "1984" and I smoke a cigarette that comes from a brand with his name.


1984 by George Orwell


To be continued