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Z: Visions of a Putrefied World

Z: Visions of a Putrefied World

The first encounter with this graphic novel is a violent and disturbing image. A soldier with a skull instead of a face is laughing after cutting off another’s man’s head. The victim looks more as a member of the Hare Krishna movement than a criminal. The man who was executed is falling and his lost

SUEÑOS ROTOS: SOFÍA: Illusions That Become Real Nightmares

These days, we tend to consider boredom as a kind of disease, something that we have to avoid at any cost. It is common to hear phrases like: “boredom is the mother of all vices.” Boredom is the result of “having too much free time,” therefore being bored is being lazy, unproductive, indifferent. “There is

Images that Can Be Touched: Patricio Betteo’s CINCO

Our first contact with the world is through sensation. We first experience and feel. We see, we smell, we touch, and after that, we translate the sensations into thoughts, into words that we can communicate to others and to ourselves. We first experience the world, and then we create a language to understand it. Although

Breaking Boundaries with CUERVO ELÉCTRICO

In a world where the Internet has been exceeded and technology has a decisive influence in human behaviour, in a place not very different from our world, a heroine emerges. Gaby, better known as Cuervo eléctrico, is a woman who can find information in the most hidden places of Nervo, a gigantic network. Nervo once

Instants, Musical Notes, and the Colours of SALON DESTINO

Everyone wants to be loved. Everyone wants to feel that fire that burns our emotions and makes us feel unique, the owners of a great treasure. And for a moment, we really have a treasure: an instant where we feel that the whole world lies in our lover’s arms, that brief moment where time avoids

A Family Picture: The Art and Words of LA FAMILIA MEXICANA

In one of her poems entitled “Family Reunion,” Sylvia Plath wrote these verses: “A whirpool leers at me, Absorbent as a sponge; I cast off my identity And make the fatal plunge.” This words caught my attention and made me think about how the family, despite our personal opinion, plays an important role in the

The Illusion of Remembering: Enrique Bonet’s LA ARAÑA DEL OLVIDO

La araña del olvido is a graphic novel written by Enrique Bonet and published by Astiberri in 2015. This graphic novel is based on a true story, telling of the journey of Agustín Penón. Penón was an American journalist with a Spanish background, who travels to Spain, to investigate on the death of the poet

The Poetics of Mental Disorders in Modern Graphic Novels

In the last twenty years, comics and graphic novels have become more complex and have developed a language that expresses more about problematic issues such as mental illness. Even though we have many previous references to insanity and the sociopathic in characters like The Joker, in Batman: The Killing Joke, or Rorschach, in Watchmen, these

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