Saturday, May 30, 2015

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Yummy Fur #1-32

Where else but in comics can you get an experience that goes from personal confessions to scathological annedoctes to bizarre dream-like situations to segments from the christian gospels all in the same package? If what I've just described sounds impossibly strange, then chances are you've never dared into the realm of canadian cartoonist Chester Brown's Yummy Fur. I should note that I wasn't aware of Yummy Fur when it was being published, even so, reading it later on was an experience unlike anything else in comics. Issue to issue, its author grew and experimented and boldly succeeded at going beyong safe, familiar territory into realms of seldom charted (at least for comics) wild human experience and imagination. And even now, he continues to do so. Like him or not, Chester Brown is one of the current prophets of the comics medium leading the way into wild, dangerous territories.

I suppose in these days when the "graphic novel" rules uber alles and the periodical, stappled, traditional format of comic books seems to be going the way of the Dodo, it would be far much hipper to praise the collected narratives that have sprung out of this unforgetable comic. Ed, The Happy Clown. The Playboy. I Never Liked You. All remarkable comics.Yet, great as they are, separated, they cannot replicate the wild feeling and effect of the original comic where they first appeared serialized.

Yummy Fur was inventive, refreshing, fearless and entertaining. It constantly reminds me of why I fell in love with comics. What else can one ask for from a comic book?

Saturday, May 23, 2015


What's better than a comic? A comic about comics! What's  better than  a comic about comics? Why, a comic about the comics industry, of course!

With his typical ironical "take-no-prisoners" approach, Daniel Clowes mocks A LOT ( but not all, as should be noted) of the pretenders, hucksters, geeks, morons, sincere hacks and evil people that have populated and continue to populate the (american) comic book industry.

Even after all this time, I still get a good laugh out of it. Most importantly, I'd advise this comic as obligatory reading to all upcoming cartoonists, especially those lured into the so-called mainstream and its lesser clones.

MY FAVORITE COMICS - It's a Good Life, If you don't weaken

I first came across the softcover edition of this comic (originally serialized in the series Palookaville between numbers 4 and 9) without any previous knowledge of its content or its author. The beautiful design and obvious care taken on its production and packaging attracted me in a "love at first sight" manner. The almost pulpish paper, the lush brushstrokes and cartoony style of the artwork, even the smell of the object were inviting,  to say the least. It took me only  a cursory glance to realize this was one to keep.

On the wasteland of my college years, this book proved to be a gleam of light and comfort. The title alone was enough to seduce a young man whose romantic dreams of love and art were constantly demolished to pieces by the hardship of many uphill battles. With its contemplative approach to storytelling and subject matters ranging from comics, cartooning and cartoonists to the experiences of loneliness and nostalgia (all aspects that seem to be tied up, I think). Seth built a tale that, just like everyday life, may seem  bittersweet, at best. Like an old memory from long ago, "It's a good life, if you don't weaken" manages to be simultaneously beautiful and haunting.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Next week sees the return of MY FAVORITE COMICS, the label of posts where I rant about the comics that left an enduring impact on me. Some feedback I got from the previous run of these posts made me think I was giving the impression of being some kind of marvel-zombie, which was true back when I was a kid, but couldn't be further from the truth later on and nowadays as I pretty much feel depressed by the current output of so-called american mainstream comics. So, in order to put things into a more proper perspective, I'll be jumping ahead a few years, chronologically speaking, and start addressing my comic book favorites from more recent decades. Until then!

Saturday, May 09, 2015


Para quem ainda não sabe, participo como desenhador em quatro pranchas de BD na nova antologia da Kingpin Books, "Casulo", uma colectânea de histórias curtas escritas pelo argumentista André Oliveira e desenhadas por um autêntico All-Star de ilustradores portugueses, publicadas originalmente na revista CAIS. Já à venda! 

Saturday, May 02, 2015