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