Amadora BD ’16

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…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

The sharp angles of the Forte da Graça create high contrast shadows and defined planes, excellent setting for beginner and intermediate sketchers that want to study shading in their work. Os ângulos agudos do Forte da Graça criam sombras de alto contraste e planos definidos, um cenário excelente para desenhadores estreantes e intermédios que pretendam estudar sombras no seu trabalho. In fact, most of the town of Elvas is such a setting. The buildings are mostly utilitarian - grain mills, star forts and simple Alentejo popular architecture. The fort overlooks on the road…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traço '16, Elvas drawing festival's clever logo, designed by João Sequeira, manages to communicate both Portuguese and Spanish writing of the word traço (meaning line stroke, pronounced «trasso»), aiming for an Iberian audience. The four-day festival, that aims to become annual, successfully managed to gather sketchers, artists, illustrators, comic book authors, architects and designers, form both Portugal and Spain, in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site Forte da Graça. O logótipo do Traço '16, Festival de desenho de Elvas, criado por João Sequeira, consegue comunicar tanto a grafia Portuguesa como a Espanhola da palavra traço, apontando…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

The Graça Fort is a unique military architecture structure, built in the second half of the 18th century, under the Count of Lippe, as a means to secure the highest ground in the region, just north of the town. The strategic relevance of the Graça hill, where the fort was built, became evident about a century before, during the Restoration War, when the Spanish army bombarded the town of Elvas from the vantage point, some 60 meters above the town's castle. Its ramparts, moats and bastions are organized according to the star fort dutch model.…Read more
Road to the USk Symposium #3

Road to the USk Symposium #3

USk Manchester Symposium day -2 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia -2 The morning in Liverpool was spent revisiting some places from the day before, such as the Mann Island Buildings, designed by Broadway Malyan, or Bold Street, with Saint Luke's Church peeking from afar. Also, taking a tour through the city bookstores and comic book stores, always a must. A última manhã em Liverpool foi passada a revisitar alguns lugares do dia anterior, tais como os Edifícios de Mann Island, projecto da Broadway Malyan, ou a Bold Street, com a Igreja de São Lucas…Read more
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