Art by Rafael Coutinho

Find out more about Brazilian comics, for free!

Art by Rafael Coutinho
Art by Rafael Coutinho

A special free lecture by artist and Festival organiser Rafael Coutinho on Independent Comics in Brazil takes place later this month at the Embassy of Brazil in London.

Brazil’s comics scene is livelier than ever. Festivals are flourishing across the country, and Brazilian artists and scriptwriters are gaining an international reputation.

Rafael Coutinho has been at the centre of these developments. The son of the satirical cartoonist Laerte, the subject of the 2017 Netflix documentary Laerte-se, Rafael has published a number of acclaimed comics and graphic novels that explore São Paulo underworlds, including Cachalote (2010, with Daniel Galera) and Mensur, which was nominated for Brazil’s prestigious Jabuti Prize in 2018.

Cachalote by Rafael Coutinho

Art from Cachalote by Rafael Coutinho
Art from Cachalote by Rafael Coutinho

He is also the curator of the Des.Gráfica festival of independent comics, zines and graphic arts held annually in São Paulo.

Working with some incredible Brazilian comic creators like Wamberto Nicomedes on projects such as Return to Planet Earth, I’m curious to find out more about the comics community there and will be heading to the event on 28th March. I hope to see some of you there!

This event is free to attend, but please do reserve your place in advance through EventBrite.

• Independent Comics in Brazil – Lecture and Discussion – 6.00pm – 9.00pm Thursday 28th March 2018, Embassy of Brazil in London, 14-16 Cockspur Road, London – Click here to book your free ticket on EventBrite

Check out Rafael’s art and comics samples here on Cargo Collective | Instagram | Twitter

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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