Admiring the view
even if from a distance
I have been admiring the view from a distance. Been absent of the active virtual interaction in any meaningful and substantial way. My focus isn’t here, looking at my screen, thinking about how to describe all the things I’m seeing, all I’m learning, all I’m doing. Often I realize I don’t want to talk about what I’ve seen to people, I want people to see it too, and when I’m looking at my work – and I spend almost all of my day looking at my work –, I have been finding stressful not being able to show people what I’m doing, mostly because I want them to see the whole thing, the whole story (because it’s the story that breathes magic and life into the art) and that will still take a long time to happen. “Be patient”, I tell myself. Be as patient as I tell my readers to be.
If they can wait, so can I.
Aside from my work, I have been admiring the world of comics. And specially this week, when I’m missing the return of Comic Con in San Diego, I can’t help but browse all around the web for news about what my friends will be doing there to celebrate that we’re still alive and we’re all still doing comics, doing what we love, and we have places where we meet around the World to share that love, and that I won’t be there to share it with them.
Not there. Not this year.
But here, from afar, I can share drops of the love comics has been spreading and that have been submitted to. You can find inspiration everywhere if you’re open and willing to let it in.
Step by Bloody Step
This comic came out as a 4 issue mini-series, and it might as well be the most astoundingly beautiful looking comic you’ll see all year.
I’m so jealous of this book. It’s poetic in ways I know only comics can be and that I try as much as I can for my own comics to be. It’s beautiful to look at without being complicated to understand, with the right amount of detail mixed with the right amount of expressiveness in Matías’s pen and brushstrokes. And this book is Mat Lopes’s best color work to date.
Today is the last day for the retailers to make their orders of this book, so you should let your comic book shop know you need a copy.
It’s nice to read more interview in American outlets by Argentinian cartoonist Liniers, and this new short one on Publishers’ Weekly is no exception. He has some Children books published in English, but I believe this is the first time his comic strips, Macanudo (which started being syndicated in American newspapers about five years ago, but has more than 20 years of publishing history in Argentina) , will be published in book form in the US. It will be out from Fantagraphics, and I highly recommend it. If they keep publishing it long enough, you might see the Macanudo strip I drew, as Liniers would invite his friends to contribute to his strip to give him some off time anytime he had a new child. Both Bá and I did strips the last time he had a baby.
I haven’t heard it yet, but it certainly is on the lineup: The Kayfabe crew talk about We3, which is probably my favorite Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely collaboration.
The two most recent selfies, four days apart, from a much needed beach retreat, and from the first edition of the CCPX Awards here in São Paulo.
I’ll try to write another one of these letters next week before I leave for Galaxy Con Raleigh. In the meantime, take care of yourself, and take care of each other.
Be safe. Be kind. Be curious.
Moon Base, São Paulo
July 18th, 2022