In Review: Trujillø by Gustaffo Vargas

Trujillo by Gustaffo Vargas

I’m hugely grateful to artist Russell Mark Olson for introducing me to artist, animator and designer Gustaffo Vargas, who then sent me a copy of his short but perfectly demented self-published SF adventure title Trujillø.

Quite honestly, I wouldn’t be very surprised if you see much more of this incredible talent soon. Trujillø is an assured adventure grabs your eyeballs from the opening page, throwing you straight into tale of gang lords, drugs and betrayal, set in a dystopian future that screams its Mad Max homage right at you while being utterly new at the same time.

I mean it, though. As Russell noted to me in an email, Gustaffo is red hot. Just check out this spread from the book…

Trujillo by Gustaffo Vargas

While there were some rough edges to the script – being thrown into the deep end of an adventure is great, and Gustaffo quickly introduces key characters, but there were a couple of points where the plot lost a beat – the art on Trujillø positively zings, with stunning character design and superb storytelling.

It’s demented – in a good way!

I’d strongly urged you to track down a copy of this terrific comic – Gustaffo is at several comic events in the UK, or order a copy of direct from his web site.

• Gustaffo is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new 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’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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