Carlos Ezquerra receives the Gran Premio de cómic aragonés in recognition of his career at the 2014 Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza

Spanish fans of Carlos Ezquerra campaign to honour him in his home town

Carlos Ezquerra receives the Gran Premio de cómic aragonés in recognition of his career at the 2014 Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza
Carlos Ezquerra receives the Gran Premio de cómic aragonés in recognition of his career at the 2014 Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza

Spanish fans of 2000AD and Battle artist Carlos Ezquerra, who died recently, are trying to move the council of his home town of Zaragoza toward realising plans to honour him by naming a street or space after him.

The campaign petition on Change.org complements other work to honour Carlos, which includes a GoFundMe campaign that raised over £4000 in his memory. Monies raised went to his widow, Conchita Ezquerra.

Launched by the Asociación Aragonesa de Autores de Cómic the petition to the City Council of Zaragoza notes the numerous voices within the world of Ninth Art, and not only from Aragon but also from abroad, who have paid tribute to Carlos. Among them, to name but one, the organisers of the Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza are dedicating a special edition of their Tebeíco to the co-creator of Judge Dredd – a project that has been welcomed with enthusiasm by both professionals and amateurs.

Las Fuentes, Zaragoza. Photo: Ben Binder
Las Fuentes, Zaragoza. Photo: Ben Binder

The association now feels recognition of Carlos work and influence needs to go further.

“Carlos Ezquerra is known in the comics world,” said a spokesperson, “and as a prominent personality in a discipline, he deserves that the recognition of his special contribution in this art.

Plans to honour Carlos Ezquerra has been discussed by Zaragoza’s city council for some time. The association is now calling on the Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza to make good on those proposals, and the petition calls for  a street or a space in Zaragoza to be named after him.

“It is never too late to value the work and the impact of his work,” say the association, who are not alone in wanting him honoured, with signatures in support from around the globe.

You can sign the petition, which is in Spanish, here on Change.org 

• The Organización del Cómic de Zaragoza has also announced an initiative to publish a Tebeíco del Salón special edition in December in time for its annual festival, paying tribute to Carlos – read the news item here

Read Joe Gordon’s tribute to Carlos Ezquerra

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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