Saturday, February 04, 2017

Paco


Saturday, January 28, 2017

São Paulo-Angoulême connection

Bá and I were working this Saturday when my phoned made its noise for incoming messages. It was a video from Michele, our dear Italian editor at Bao. In fact, not only from him, but also it was from François, our dear French editor at Urban Comics. This weekend, the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée is happening in Angoulême once more, and apparently both our editors met in this cold Saturday to let us know, in our current hot summer day, that they were plotting our future at that very moment.
They were trying to confuse us. Deceive us with smiles. Their eyes betrayed them, and we knew they were up to know good. Europeans and their secrets and all that.

We replied with another video, and we smiled back, and we waved.

They're coming for us.
We know it.
We'll be ready when they come.
But we can enjoy our summer while we wait.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Masks

My art is this mask I wear.
I painted the cover of a new notebook.
A new project begins.
Something exciting.
Different.

Friday, January 13, 2017

the last page of 2016

My sketchbook holds the last drawings of 2016. Before the end of the year arrived, before the fireworks, before the champagne bursting and the bubbling in everyone's glasses in the merry toast of the new cycle, before the jumping of the waves and throwing flowers to Iemanjá, before the candles lit in a circle in the sand and the wishes each candle held, before all that I doodled in my sketchbook a few lines.

Who would have thought I would write and draw a Wonder Woman story? Not me, not before this year, not even when I was reading all those old Wonder Woman comics that now live in my childhood's memory. And yet, I'm happy that when I was invited, an idea struck me before I could say no, and I said yes, and my homage to Wonder Woman now lives inside an anniversary issue celebrating her 75th birthday.
Another incredible experience was being asked to adapt a Neil Gaiman short story, and that's why I drew Wonder Woman reading our How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

I was happy with this drawing, but I wanted to finish 2016 with a couple more images, so I kept going on the bottom part of the page.

Casanova, our crazy spy comic with writer Matt Fraction, turned 10 in 2016, and survived to keep going until his story is complete. We released three new issues this passing year, filled with guest pinups by our friends, with one variant cover reproducing the line art of the first cover of the first issue from 2006 (we felt like we were doing our own Artist's Edition, if only for the cover), and with more of the amazing back-stories Michael Chabon wrote and Bá drew. Here's to the next 10 years.

And then there's the bunny, my fertility animal, wishing for fertile grounds in the coming year. We'll need to be strong, and be fierce, and be patient. Be true to your heart's desire, and let it lead your path and direct your sword.

It has begun.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Creatures of the end of the year

Sitted by the sand, watching the casual dance of the waves as the sun sets, I sketch to mark the passing of another year, in hopes the coming cycle will bring more of what I love and crave and pursue.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Poetry Girls


As we worked on our latest book, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”, adapted from the Neil Gaiman short story, we referred to the story with our editor Diana as “Poetry Girls”. It was a reference to one of the best ideas of the original story, probably the one that motivated us to adapt it – besides the obvious chance to work on a Neil Gaiman story.
I see poetry girls everywhere. I see them in the streets, in movies, inside the pages of books, I hear them in songs and click on them accidentally on the internet.

The picture above is the best poetry girl image by far. My mother and my niece, sitting at my table in a convention in Brazil next to my giant banner – the cover of our poetry girls book. Grandmother and granddaughter, looking at each other, a million stories shared in that look, with two paper crowns to add to the magic.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Those eyes


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Writing for comics

Every now and then, when I have to prepare a workshop or a lecture, I go back to study my own process so I understand the choices I made and what the results from those choices were.
There's no right or wrong way to write or draw comics, but if you try to think about the process, maybe you'll discover some storytelling possibilities, or you'll find out you still have questions that might motivate and inspire you to keep pushing your work further.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Some very late and unusual commissions

I don't usually do commissions, but last year I offered to help a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for a cartoonist's medical bills, and I offered commissions as a reward. I ended up with a dozen requests, and I figured I'd do them in a month's time.
Stupid, silly me.
Almost a year later, I have finally done them all.
I'm glad I could help in some way, and I'm thankful to those to contributed, but now it's back to the pages, and to the stories, where my passion really lies.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wonder Woman


This week, this 75th anniversary special issue of Wonder Woman was published, with several stories from many artists to celebrate one of the most longstanding characters in comics. I have a story in it. This is the first time I write and draw a story for DC, and one of the main reasons I accepted the invitation was a chance to work on Wonder Woman, a character who I think is still as symbolic and relevant when it was created as she is now.
Another reason why I did the story was a conversation I had with Frank Miller a week before I received the invitation, but that's another story.


I made this sketch as I was creating the story, to see it was was going to be able to pull this off. You'll find out the result inside the issue. I hope you like it.

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