Dean Mullaney and Rubén Pellejero in Barcelona in June—meeting each other for the first time. Dean and Lorraine Turner met with Rubén, his wife Mercé, and her sister Núria (who graciously translated for everyone—thanks, Núria!). Rubén floored Dean by presenting him with a page of original art from the epic Dieter Lumpen story, “The Reaper’s Price.” Don’t be surprised if you see more of Rubén’s art in EuroComics editions—in addition to the Corto Maltese adventure he’s drawn!
Our much anticipated collection of the complete DIETER LUMPEN by Jorge Zentner and Rubén Pellejero is hitting stores any day. We received our copies today — plus, an advance copy of CORTO MALTESE: THE ETHIOPIAN, which will be in stores next month.
From a rave review of Paracuellos by Barbara Bryce Morris in Public Books:
“Paracuellos, in the original and in Sonya Jones’s skillful translation, claims the authority of the oppressed and gives comics the transformative power of truth telling. Published soon after Franco died, the comic strips brought to the national consciousness an era that had been suppressed in official franquista histories. In retracing the abuses of the period, Paracuellos reveals the tensions around contested versions of history that still occupy political debates in Spain.”
Hugo Pratt’s “Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles” has been nominated in the “Best American Edition of Foreign Material” category. The awards will be announced at the Baltimore Comic-Con in September.
The first interview with Carlos Giménez ever published in English…by Alex Deuben at the Comics Journal.
“Giménez’s powerful autobiographical work, a renowned classic in its native Spain, looks at the miserable lives of orphaned children and the offspring of the defeated during the regime of Franco. In short episodes set in the titular state home for boys, Giménez pulls no punches, depicting the unrelentingly bleak day-to-day existence of wide-eyed children who are harshly punished…but nonetheless the boys endure, their small shoulders bearing the weight of a world that cares nothing for them.” — Publishers Weekly
“Acclaimed Spanish creator Giménez (b. 1941) depicts brief vignettes from his life and that of other boys who lived in the fascist social aid “homes” that were by turns horrifying, pathetic, and poignant in this first English translation of this work…. These memories of the ease of a society in turning to cruelty against its least members is a cautionary tale for us all.” —Library Journal
“Giménez’ acute moral sensitivity, needle-sharp characterizations and knack for narrative make Paracuellos comparable to Maus and Persepolis. His artwork may surpass them.” — NPR Books