Saturday, November 29, 2014

TERTÚLIA BD DE LISBOA - Encontro de Dezembro 2014

A Tertúlia BD de Lisboa é um encontro bedéfilo mensal que decorre há mais de 29 anos. Fundada e dinamizada originalmente pelo divulgador e militante da bd, Geraldes Lino, a TBDL conta hoje com organização e dinamização a cargo de quatro tertulianos regulares: Álvaro Santos, António Isidro, Carlos Moreno e Inês Ramos.
Na próxima terça-feira, dia 2 de Dezembro, terei o prazer de ser o "convidado especial" da TBDL. Este 366º encontro, irá decorrer, como é habitual, na Casa do Alentejo de Lisboa, a partir das 20 horas.  
Fica aqui o programa deste encontro, com um breve texto biográfico do convidado, como é habitual, ilustrada com um auto-retrato e algumas pranchas da minha mais recente bd protagonizada pelo meu Poderoso Enlil.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Kull the Conqueror

To some, Kull the Conqueror might be remembered as a second rate version of Conan the Barbarian. Fair enough, I can understand that point of view, even if I disagree. You see, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kull through the art and craft of Ross Andru teamed up with Wallace Wood, followed by subsequent stories drawn by Marie and John Severin. To a nine year old kid, that artwork was transcendent and seemed like something retrieved from an ancient time and place, very much in tune with the story contents. John Severin's inking gave weight to the figures and a degree of ruggedness and texture to the backgrounds that echoed Hal Foster's work on Prince Valiant, creating a unique world, as beautiful and frightening as our own, at least to a child's sensibility. 

Unlike the cimmerian barbarian, which I found stupid and brutal, there was a tragic nobility to King Kull's character, a sort of romantic dimension, that I found incredibly captivating as a kid and which I could not find on Conan. Still, that might not have charmed me if it were not for the artwork. Sure, John Buscema was "the artist" on post-Kirby marvel comics and as far as I'm concerned his Conan is the ultimate version of the character, but Andru/Wood and the Severin sister/brother team brought an eye to detail and setting which grounded the artwork and made Kull and, most importantly, his world, every bit as visually appealing as the cimmerian's (if not more imho).

Personal favorite after the "origin" tale : The King And The Oak, which, ironically, wasn't published on Kull's own mag but on Conan the Barbarian #10. Check it out! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

MY FAVORITE COMICS - "Assignment: The Infinity Formula!" in Marvel Spotlight #31

I couldn't have had a better introduction to the amazing Howard Chaykin's nasty and sexy artwork (here at his most Toth-esque) than through this small pearl. I'd never seen Nick Fury looking so good before. Written by Jim Starlin, this comic (finally) explained how the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s man in charge could look so young after all the decades since World War II. At the time, in my naivette, I was hoping for further Fury stories done by the same creative team the following month but, alas, it was not to be. It would take quite a few years before I'd read another Chaykin drawn Nick Fury tale - the also thrilling "Scorpio Connection", written by the late, great Archie Goodwin.
Highlights from this forgotten gem forever engraved on my mind were : the flashback showing how Fury started using the Infinity Formula; the fight scene between an  increasingly old Fury and his also fast ageing foe wrestling for possession of the formula; the terrific sequence where Fury's enemy falls on a slot machine hitting the jackpot and the final page with Fury de-aging and a oh-so gorgeous and sweet Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine saving the day.  

Saturday, November 08, 2014


Está prevista para amanhã, dia 9 de Novembro, por volta das 15h30, a apresentação de CRUMBS no auditório do Festival Internacional de BD da Amadora. 
CRUMBS é uma antologia de BD de autores portugueses em língua inglesa publicada pela Kingpin Books de Mário Freitas. O livro tem 144 páginas a cores, reúne 12 histórias curtas de diversos autores nacionais. Será lançado oficialmente e comercializado no Thought Bubble Festival de Leeds e pretende celebrar e divulgar a diversidade e qualidade da BD portuguesa.
A minha partipação na antologia é uma bd intitulada "Young Enlil goes to hell", escrita, desenhada, colorida e lengendada por mim que, como o título indica, apresenta uma aventura inédita do meu poderoso Enlil.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Taking a break!

I didn't have the opportunity to write a proper text for this week's post so in order to keeping up with the timely schedule of my blog, this week I leave you with a little oddity: a two panel comic I was commissioned to do earlier this year for a school manual. Fill in the balloons with your own funny dialogue :-)
Until next week!