A Stem Cell Adventure is one half of of a beautiful double sided book called Uma aventura estaminal • Células estaminais: o que são? Onde estão? Para que servem?.
On one side it’s a comic book about stem cells, written by João Ramalho-Santos, illustrated by me, for a younger audience, or to someone who wants to learn about stem cells but doesn’t want to read complex scientific publications. I’ll post a case study of this project as soon as possible.
On the other, it’s a collection of scientific texts written by João Ramalho-Santos, Inês Araújo, Luís Pereira de Almeida, Lino Ferreira and Cláudia Cavadas with illustrations by Fernando J. S. Correia, that were published by Diário de Coimbra between December 2011 and May 2012.
The project was developed by the Center of Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, published by Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra and 40,000 copies were distributed with each copy of the newspaper Público, in December 5, 2013.
In 2014, i was nominated for Artist and Letterer of the Year, and won an award of Colorist of the Year, for the work i’ve done in this book, in the Prémios Profissionais de Bd.
You can read about it here.
In 2015, EuroStemCell published the comic book on their Isssuu profile, in english and portuguese.
They also have a couple of articles about this, that you can read if you want to.
Here are the links:
If you want to read in English:
If you want to read in Portuguese:
If you like this project, or know anyone that can benefit from reading it, please share it!
Estou muito contente em dizer que vou ter um livro novo a ser apresentado na edição deste ano do Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja.
Chama-se VOLTA: O Segredo do Vale das Sombras e foi escrito pelo meu amigo e escritor extraordinaire André Oliveira. Será publicado pela editora POLVO.
É o resultado de anos de trabalho em colaboração com o André e de muita aprendizagem sobre o que é desenhar banda desenhada. Para mim foi um desafio bem grande, desde já pelo número de páginas (94), mas também pelo que tipo de sequências, personagens e locais que desenhar, que me permitiu evoluir como ilustrador e desenhador.
Esta é a primeira parte desta trilogia que fará parte das nossas vidas nos próximos anos. Espero que nos façam companhia…
Eis a sinopse:
“LES BEAUX ESPRITS SE RENCONTRENT”
Um estranho e misterioso ciclista chega sem saber como a Reste du Monde, uma aldeia parada no tempo e aterrorizada por ameaças tenebrosas. As suas memórias são escassas, não traz consigo muito mais do que a bicicleta, mas com o intuito de colocar as ideias no sítio certo e recuperar parte do que perdeu, aceita ficar e deparar-se com uma sociedade isolada, com regras e leis muito próprias.
À medida que os dias passam, o “Campeão”, como começam a chamar-lhe os habitantes do vale, percebe mesmo que é em si depositado o peso da salvação, apesar de mal conseguir salvar-se a si próprio. As suspeitas florescem, a morte espreita entre os arbustos, os fantasmas irrompem por cada esquina e algures na floresta… há uma sombra que se move.
Vou ter uma exposição individual das pranchas originais deste livro, bem como esboços, layouts e mais coisas.
Além disso vou participar em duas exposições colectivas, uma da Revista Café Espacial, com uma prancha da curta Milagreiro, e vou ter alguns desenhos na exposição Improvisos na toalha de mesa, organizada pelo Geraldes Lino.
O festival decorre de 29 de Maio a 14 de Junho. A apresentação será dia 30 de Maio pelas 14h, na Casa da Cultura com apresentação do Jorge Coelho.
Podem ver mais informações no site do festival, http://festivalbdbeja.bedeteca.net
Venham todos a Beja!
On September 2, 2014 i was the special guest at the 363rd edition of Tertúlia BD de Lisboa.
The Tertúlia was founded in June 4, 1985 by Geraldes Lino and it’s an informal association for not having official registration or administrators , or associated (and , obviously, not contributions).
Their existence is to promote monthly meetings – always at the 3rd Monday of each month , even if eventually it’s holiday – where only comic book fans participate , whose number varies usually between eight to forty individuals , among whom are authors ( designers, writers / screenwriters, colorists , inkers and letterers ) , editors ( professional and amateur ) , fanzines makers , collectors , booksellers , and , “last but not least ,” simple readers.
Part of the festivities included selling raffles The participants and the invited guest brought books to be sorted out.
In the end of the dinner the invited has the chance to do a little speech and if someone wants, it can be asked some questions.
Here are some photos of this night.
I also had to do a drawing to be sorted out, so i decided to draw the characters of Uma Aventura Estaminal a comic book that had been published recently at the time, also chilling at the Tertúlia.
To end this post, no comic book fans meeting would be complete without making some comics! As the guest, i started the page, with the first panel, and then pass it to other artist, until the page is complete. And this is the result.
It was a great night, and a cool experience!
On july 6 i was invited to be in the Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (Ruc) recording studio for a Geekfreak radio interview, which aired on July 8.
It was the second time i was in Ruc for an interview. The first one was in the show Passo a Palavra.
This time it was on Geekfreak which is a show about comics, cinema, action figures, technology and other geek topics.
It’s hosted by Breno Ferreira, Pedro Nora, and Tiago Serra, although at the time, Tiago wasn’t present.
Each one of them has an area where they are well, geeks! Breno is the action figure expert, Pedro talks more about comics and cinema and Tiago about technology.
Breno and Tiago are also my friends. Breno was my classmate in my degree in Communication Design at EUAC, and i’ve worked with Tiago in a couple projects like the illustrations and comics for U-Senses.
We covered a lot of subjects, related to illustration, comics, drawing and about my career as an illustrator.
The conversation is in portuguese, and for those who understand it, click below to listen.
To see more interviews, either in press, radio, or tv, please visit my About section.
If you want to interview me, just contact me and we’ll talk.
Thank you to the guys at GeekFreak for inviting me to their show!
In the past June 21st was the opening of my solo exhibition in the El Pep Books Gallery, in Lisbon, Portugal.
The gallery is located in the ImavizUnderground shopping, next to the bookstore, where people can buy originals, prints, books, mostly from independent publishers and some zines as well.
El Pep is also a publisher, and a couple of their books got nominated in the Prémios Nacionais de Bd ( National Comics Awards).
The exhibition lasted until July 4th.
Here’s the text i wrote for the press release.
What i like the most about being an illustrator, is to be able to tell stories with drawings.
The drawing is the beginning and the end of all the process, since the search for ideas, until the final drawing, that has been made with brush and ink.
With drawing i can “travel” to other worlds and realities, that can be my world, our world or one that only exist in the head of the writer i’m collaborating with.
Either the work is an illustration, a picture book or a comic book, i try to have always a concept/idea that guides me through the journey. I believe that the work must have an intention, and present an interesting solution to the visual problem that i have to solve.
The exhibition showcased the originals A3 and A4 brush and ink drawings from a variety of projects, like picture books, textbooks, comics, posters and some personal work.
The visitors could also buy some prints of my illustrations.
Here are a couple photos that Pedro Pereira, the owner, took at the opening reception of the exhibition.
Hover at the photo and click the arrows to see all the photos.
I’m a bit behind these posts but i’ll try to be as regular as i can be in the next ones.
A couple of thing have happened this year that i want to talk about in the blog.
On May 31, during the 2014 edition of the Prémios Profissionais de BD of 2104 (Professional Comics Awards of 2014) I’ve won an award for Colorist of the Year, and was nominated for Artist and Letterer of the Year, because of the work i did for Uma Aventura Estaminal (A Stem Cell Adventure).
The jury of these awards were 25 people related to comics, either illustrators, writers, journalists, so to be nominated by my peers it was a very cool feeling!
You can see the rest of the winners here.
The event happened during the Festival Internacional de Bd de Beja, Portugal, one of the best festivals, with a very relaxed environment, where you can talk with the authors you admire, not only when they are signing but through the all weekend. Paulo Monteiro and his team do an incredible job, bringing authors like Craig Thompson, Dave Mckean, Mattoti, Rufus Dayglo, Tony Sandoval and many more to Beja.
This project is one of my favorites ones of 2013, and i learned a lot, not only drawing and painting related, but most importantly about the subject of the book. I’m a very curious person and love to learn.
My adventure started with a familiar name, stem cells, and the notion that they were collected from the umbilical cord. Now, after many pdfs, talking with João Ramalho-Santos ( the writer and scientist), youtube videos and much more, i can talk about what types there are, how can they be collected and the most effective way.
The coolest thing is that you can also get to know that, just read the book!
For now it’s only in Portuguese but we’re working on releasing an english version very soon.
Here are some pages of this project:
See more pages from this book here: