Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Geraldes Lino R.I.P.

A dada altura, em Alec: How to be an Artist, o trabalho autobiográfico de Eddie Campbell, surge alguém que é denominado como the man at the crossroads - um divulgador, militante e entusiasta dos comics que conhece toda a gente do meio... imagino que cada país tenha alguém assim. Em Portugal, Geraldes Lino era o man at the crossroads. A sua importância no panorâma da BD nacional não pode ser resumida numa meia-dúzia de linhas. Trata-se de alguém insubstituível, não só pelo seu contributo intelectual mas também pela animação, amabilidade e simpatia que trazia ao tecido social da BD.

Soube hoje que Geraldes Lino morreu. Conheci-o, por acaso, numa loja de comics. Lembro-me de vê-lo a contar uma anedota picante ao dono do estabelecimento. Era um homem simpático, meteu conversa comigo e ficou a saber do meu gosto pela BD e pelo desenho. Deu-me logo o seu contacto e convidou-me para ir à Tertúlia BD de Lisboa. Infelizmente, na altura, não fui.

Mais tarde, quando me encontrava a desenvolver a minha tese de mestrado acerca da relação entre fanzine de BD e literacia visual, lembrei-me que tinha o seu contacto. Enchi-me de coragem, liguei-lhe e convidei-o a visitar a escola onde me encontrava colocado para fazer uma apresentação acerca de fanzines. Apesar de mal me conhecer, aceitou logo o desafio. Depois disso, acabei por ir várias vezes aos jantares da Tertúlia e fomo-nos cruzando noutros eventos de BD. Com o seu habitual entusiasmo, foi-me convidando para colaborar em alguns dos seus fanzines, o que aceitei sempre com muito gosto. Estive com ele pela última vez precisamente num desses jantares da Tertúlia, há poucos meses. Apesar da sua idade, não imaginei que seria a última vez que o iria ver..

Tratou-me como sempre o vi tratar todos com quem se relacionava no mundo da BD, com gentileza, generosidade e entusiasmo. Tinha sempre um sorriso e uma palavra amiga para dar. Estou grato por tê-lo conhecido. Gostaria de tê-lo conhecido melhor.

Deixo aqui os meus sentimentos para os seus familiares e amigos.





Monday, January 22, 2018

Pedro Cruz na Conversa H-Alt

Recentemente tive o privilégio de ser entrevistado pelo Sérgio Santos para o seu podcast Conversa H-Alt. Podem escutar a minha conversa  AQUI.

De seguida, deixo algumas notas que esclarecem aspectos da minha conversa que me esqueci de mencionar no decurso da mesma:

 1 - Apesar de eu nunca ter feito fanzines em nome próprio na minha juventude, mais tarde, como professor de EVT, criei vários  fanzines com os meus alunos. Também no âmbito do meu mestrado, desenvolvi uma tese sobre "Fanzine e Literacia Visual". Foi através desse trabalho que tive o prazer de conhecer Geraldes Lino que, depois de ter visto as minhas BDs, me convidou a ir à Tertúlia BD de Lisboa e a participar no seu fanzine Efemérides.

2 -  O primeiro prémio que ganhei na modalidade de Cartoon no concurso do Festival da Amadora, foi feito em colaboração com o meu grande amigo António Alves. Apesar de a arte ser integralmente  minha, foi ele quem concebeu a ideia do cartoon.

3 - Colaborei com a editora de "new pulps" norte-americana Airship 27 a partir de 2009 e não 2006.

4 - O selo norte-americano Redbud Studios é da tutela do desenhador Rob Davis.

5- O argumento da BD que eu ilustrei para a H-alt tem argumento de Carlos Silva, cujo nome me esqueci de mencionar.

6- O livro de bd "Mindex", que eu ilustrei para a Kingpin Books, conta com argumento de Fernando Dordio e Mário Freitas.

Um grande abraço e obrigado ao Sérgio por esta oportunidade de divulgar o meu trabalho na BD!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Eu na Acalopsia!



Há poucos dias, foi publicado um artigo sobre o meu trabalho em BD no site aCalopsia. Podem ler aqui!

A few days ago, an article about my comics was published at the site aCalopsia. You can read it here (in portuguese).

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Hyde Seed


I've done four interior illustrations for a new book from Airship 27, THE HYDE SEED.





Here's an excerpt from the press release:

At one time boxer Pepe Rodriguez believed his only opponents were the men he faced in the ring. But when his own self-doubts derailed his boxing career, Pepe soon learned to understand one’s own personal demons are the most deadly foes of all.  Years later they return to once again threaten any chance he has of real happiness and contentment. In the end he will have to endure one final bout against his darker side or risk losing his soul to despair forever.

The book is available at Amazon.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Towers of Metropolis

I am happy to announce that the latest book I've illustrated for Airship 27, "The Towers Of Metropolis" a prequel anthology based on the Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis movie is now available.

Here's what editor Ron Fortier is saying about it:

In 1927 German filmmaker Fritz Lang brought to the screen one of the most ground breaking sci-fi melodramas of all time based on the screenplay he co-wrote with his wife, novelist Thea von Harbou.  Set in a futuristic urban dystopia, the story follows the attempts of Freder, the son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a citizen of the lower levels, to bridge the gulf separating the economic classes of the city. It is regarded as a classic and one of the first full-length movies in the genre.

“I first saw the film at the World Science Fiction Convention years ago,” reports Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, Ron Fortier.  “It simply blew me away.  That a film this sophisticated and brilliant could be realized during the earliest days of movie making was astounding. Those images of that futuristic city and its underlying cautionary tale simply became a part of me. I never forgot them. To put together this anthology and revisit that world has been something truly special for all of us here at Airship 27. We hope our fans will enjoy our efforts here.”

Now five visionary new pulp writers have envisioned four dramatic tales which unfold in this amazing world prior to the events of that film. The book begins with a special introductory essay by author Fred Lang, Jr. and then William & Michael Maynard join forces with Michael Panush, Kevin Noel Olson and Erik Franklin to guide readers back to those vaulted, shining Towers of Metropolis in this new collection inspired by Lang’s masterpiece.


Award winning Metropolis enthusiast Michael Kaluta provides the cover with artist Pedro Cruz offering twelve amazing interior illustrations.  All beautifully assembled by Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis to create a book any fan of the film will want for their personal library.

The book is available at Amazon in both hard copy and on kindle.

As an extra bonus here's one of the twelve illustrations I did for this book.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Amazing Harry Houdini !

Just received the good news from my friends at Airship 27 that the latest book I've illustrated for them, "The Amazing Harry Houdini" has been released.

Here's what editor Ron Fortier had to say about it:


This awesome books stars perhaps the most famous magician-escape artist of all time in four fictional adventures set against the backdrop of his world tour. The first two stories are set in London and written by Jim Beard and James Palmer, the third has Houdini in Paris by I.A. Watson and finally writer Roman Leary puts him on the Nord Express bound for Berlin. The cover art is by Carl Yonder with beautiful interior illustrations by Pedro Cruz. To say we are proud as punch about this book would be a gross understatement. As ever it is now available at Amazon.com in both hard copy and on Kindle….and eventually some time next year as yet another of our Airship 27 Audio titles.


As an extra bonus here's one of interior illos I had the pleasure of creating for this thrilling new pulp!




Saturday, November 14, 2015

Houdini!

This past week I've finished illustrating a new short story anthology from Airship 27 featuring none other than the great magician Harry Houdini. I have no idea if younger generations nowadays are aware of Houdini, the man and the myth, but when I was a kid he was still a pretty well known legend and widely revered as the greatest illusionist ever, so it was a blast to visualize some of the scenes from these great four tales. Here's one of my illos from the book.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Safari Honeymoon

 I wish I could come up with comics as good as this. Someday, when I grow up, maybe. I find this comic so good on so many levels, from the "high concept" to its "execution". It's so refreshing, inspiring and personal. Jesse Jacobs builds a cartoon world that is coherent, charming, creative, whimsical, amusing and terrifying too... and it's all his own too, like handwriting.  Don't let yourself be deceived by the apparently simple façade of the ornamental and doodly-oriented art of Jesse Jacobs. Like the biological ecosystem invented and depicted right in front of the readers (and of the protagonists) eyes, within its pages, Safary Honeymoon has layers over layers of themes and questions that kept wondering about the hypothesis long after I've closed the book.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Forming


  Following on our previous post and keeping on the theme of Ancient Astronauts and english language indie comics, it seems appropriate to bring up Forming. Originally a webcomic by Jesse Moynihan, one of the many creators behind one of my (if not THE) favorite contemporary cartoons - Adventure Time - this incomplete epic is one of the craziest and most inspiring comics I've had the pleasure of reading in the last few years. Moynihan's ambitions in terms of characters, multiple storylines, themes, scope and even different genres touched upon this work are dangerously close to being too much for the casual reader and, I speculate, even for his own command of the craft... as it should! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - By This Shall You Know Him


 I confess: I am a fan of History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Not just that series specifically. I always make an effort to watch almost any documentary or read anything about UFOs, aliens, ancient astronauts and even tangentially related things like cryptozoology or paranormal phenomena. You see, I was around during the UFO craze of the late 1970's. My mom was a huge fan of the theme (and a believer, I suspect) so I was surrounded with photo magazines, books and comics about UFOs and the ancient astronauts theory from a very tender age. I read books by authors/investigators on this subject. I am a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I wached E.T. at the cinema when it was first released. I never missed an episode of Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World on t.v.  I love Jack Kirby's Eternals. Now, I have never seen UFOs, aliens or any paranormal stuff ( that I know of ) in the real world, nor can I really say I believe in these tales, but this whole mythology is in my DNA. I love it and I find it an incredible fountain of inspiration.

With all of this explained, it's fair to say this comic catched my interest from the get-go. Nevertheless, what makes it one of my favorites is the incredible combination of the theme, which as I just refered is a personal preference, with Jesse Jacobs amazing cartooning talent. Here's someone who, behind an apparently simple, cartoony, almost doodle-like style, creates a refreshing take on ancient themes, ideas and questions to the point where it almost looks like this is something new and different. With this book, Jesse Jacobs made me a fan of his work. "By this shall you know him", indeed.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Le Major


There are few cartoonists who manage to navigate with success between the sometimes opposite fields of mainstream and independent comics. Jean Giraud Moebius was one of those lucky few. Le Major is one of his works that falls clearly in the independent league: a self-published fac-simile limited edition of an A5 hardcover sketchbook he carried through the years, slowly filling it with his trademark freestyle improvisational comix and (surprise, surprise) a few collaborative panels with guests like Lorenzo Mattotti or Andre Juillard. This bijou is one of my most favorite comic objects ever and the perfect antidote to nausea inducing assembly-line comics. Although this limited original collector's edition is long sold-out, I hear there is an affordable standard spanish edition available for those interested in checking out the contents.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Bone


This is one comic which should definitely be on the same cannon as Carl Bark's Duck stories or Goscinny & Uderzo's Astérix as far as all-ages classics of the comics medium are concerned ... and I was lucky enough to have followed it as it was being originally published. There are many comics with an epic feeling, but very few manage to be actual epics; Bone belongs to those happy few. It marvels with its scope, yet, like the best popular works in storytelling media, it is filled with a human touch and sense of humour that prevents it from falling into pretentiousness. Plus, Jeff Smith's brilliant draftsmanship doesn't get a day older as time moves on. One of the major contenders for best north-american comic book of the last quarter-century!