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Gender Male
Location Borba, Portugal
Introduction I'm a Portuguese comics critic. I contributed to the magazines: Nemo, Quadrado, Satélite Internacional, Splaft! and the catalogs of the Porto, Lisbon, Amadora comics conventions (Portugal), The Comics Journal, The International Journal of Comic Art (U.S.A.), L'indispensable (France), European Comic Art (UK). I also wrote the preface to one of the latest editions of Guido Buzzelli's book I Labirinti (Italy). I co-curated a Buzzelli exhibition in Lisbon and an exhibition of my original art collection in the Beja Comics Convention (Portugal). I wrote twenty three entries in the book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (UK). In 2012 I was invited to the seminar Aesthetics of Contemporary Comics in Oslo (Norway). In the last half dozen years, I came back to where I started: i.e.: writing for Manuel Caldas.
Interests The arts (my favorite painters are Rembrandt and Chardin, my favorite sculptor is Donatello), but my main interests are alternative comics from all over the world and those kinds of works that are on the fringe of the art form.
Favorite Movies Greed by Erich Von Stroheim, Young Mr. Lincoln and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by John Ford, L'Atalante by Jean Vigo, Umberto D by Vittorio de Sica, Brief Encounter by David Lean, El and Viridiana by Luis Buñuel, A Man Escaped by Robert Bresson, The Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni, Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard, Stromboli and Rome Open City by Roberto Rossellini, The River by Jean Renoir, Tokyo Story and Late Spring by Yasujiro Ozu, Sansho the Bailiff and Life of Oharu by Kenji Mizoguchi, Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa, The Apu Trilogy by Satiajit Ray, Husbands by John Cassavetes, Taste of Cherry by Abbas Kiarostami.
Favorite Music Leçons de ténèbres by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, De la Belezza by Claudio Monteverdi, The Plaint and Dido's Lament by Henry Purcell, Haendal's Saraband, Saint Mathew's Passion and the B minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach, String Quartet Op.135 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Serenade No.10 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, Turangalîla Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen, La Légende d'Eer by Iannis Xenakis, most things by Arvo Pärt, Time Lapse by Michael Nyman. I also like Jon Hassel's Fourth World, Kamikaze Ground Crew, Paolo Conte, Djivan Gasparyan, Lula Pena, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Travadinha, and, above all, La Divina Maria Callas.
Favorite Books Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes, Sonnets by Luís de Camões, The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust, Précis de Décomposition by E M Cioran, Campos de Castilla by Antonio Machado, Poems by Constantine Cavafy, The No-One's Rose by Paul Celan, Metamorfoses by Jorge de Sena, Poesia Toda by Herberto Helder, Livro Sexto by Sophia de Melo Breyner