Amadora BD ’16

The main comic book festival in Portugal happens yearly in the capital’s suburb of Amadora.  Although it is constantly under the risk of being culturally overwhelmed by Lisboa, and lying just northwest of the city, Amadora prides itself of being an autonomous cultural hub in the Metropolitan Area, and the comic book festival is a long-standing venue in the town, showcasing authors, exhibitions and works both domestic and foreign for 26 years now.

O principal festival de banda desenhada em Portugal acontece anualmente na Amadora. Apesar de estar sob risco constante de ser culturalmente dominada por Lisboa, e apenas a um pulo a noroeste do centro da cidade, a Amadora orgulha-se de ser um forte pólo cultural autónomo na Área Metropolitana, e o festival de BD é um certame de longa história, mostrando autores, exposições e obras de banda desenhada tanto nacionais como estrangeiras há já 26 anos.

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While stockpiling there on comics for the coming winter, I bought Vampiros, a graphic novel about a Colonial War commando dealing with their own terrors on an undercover mission to Senegal. It was ilustrated by Juan Cavia and written by Filipe Melo and, by chance, the latter was in the venue signing books. Being the talkative type, the queue went for ages, as he gave all his fans equal attention. But it was worth it, because while Filipe sketched his elaborate autograph in the black endpaper, I got to sketch him, daydreaming about his own characters in the jungle. Great exchange!

Enquanto açambarcava BD para o inverno vindouro, comprei o Vampiros, uma novela gráfica sobre os soldados de um comando da Guerra do Ultramar lidando com os seus próprios terrores numa missão clandestina ao Senegal. Foi desenhada pelo Juan Cavia e escrita pelo Filipe Melo, que, por sorte, estava lá a autografar livros. Sendo do tipo que gosta de conversar, a fila demorou, já que ele deu igual atenção a todos os seus fãs. Mas valeu a pena, porque enquanto o Filipe desenhava o seu elaborado autógrafo na folha de forro preta, eu pude desenhá-lo a sonhar acordado com as suas próprias personagens na selva. Boa troca!

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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