quarta-feira, 29 de junho de 2016

TERMINAL TOWER @ The Watcher and the Tower!




I define Inner Space as an imaginary realm in which on the one hand the outer world of reality, and on the other the inner world of the mind meet and merge. Now, in the landscapes of the surrealist painters, for example, one sees the regions of Inner Space; and increasingly I believe that we will encounter in film and literature scenes which are neither solely realistic nor fantastic. In a sense, it will be a movement in the interzone between both spheres. J.G. Ballard


A transformation occurs on the CCC Collection with the release of its 16th volume. If during 14 years we intercalated a literature book with a graphic one (usually with Rafael Dionísio's books and the comics anthologies), this editorial logic or even the distinction between those two formats is now overrun by the intrinsic nature of Terminal Tower by André Coelho and Manuel João Neto.

Terminal Tower's creative process between artist and writer is positioned outsite the traditional comic book logic, in which there is a script to be adapted to sequential drawings. In this case, having the premiss of a man seculded in a tower in a state of alert, the book was developed simultaneously by both authors.

With the tower as a starting point, Coelho developed some drawings from which narrative ideas were taken and potentiated new illustrations which in their turn ran the all the narrative indefinitions forming a creative spiral.

The book's central theme is a delirium triggered by paranoia, without making clear if the engage of the tower's mechanisms is real or if it lies in the mind of the isolated man, since nothing seems to work in this ruin of the future. It can be traced references to the derelict worlds of Enki Bilal, J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) and Industrial music – it's not by mere chance that both authors also colaborate in Sektor 304 project.

Released at the Comics Festival of Beja with an exhibition of the originals on the 31st May 2014 ... exhibition at El Pep Gallery (July) and in September at Treviso Comics Fest and October at Amplifest (Oporto) ...

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ISBN: 987-989-8363-27-5
144p. b/w + colour, 16,5x23cm
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PVP : 15 euros (50% discount to journalist and stores)
BUY @ CCC online shop, Sarvilevyt (Finland), La Central (Spain), Neurotitan (Berlin), Quimby's (Chicago), Dead Head (Edinburgh)...
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Feedback: Publicado en 2014, supone una muestra del cómic más experimental. Y tengo que decir que me hea impresionado mucho. Se trata de una obra fundamentalmente gráfica, donde el argumento queda sepultado y debidamente encriptado. Es un tópico posapocalíptico, pero eso es lo de menos: lo que abruma es el despliegue expresionista, el uso de la mancha y el blanco y negro, por momentos cercanos al Frank Miller más avanzado, por momentos inmersos en la abstracción pura. La técnica mixta enriquece el resultado final al incluir imágenes fotográficas, además de toques de color en algunas páginas. En la primera mitad del libro no existen personajes humanos: se trata de una naturaleza muerta, paisaje dibujado con trazos rabiosos y planos fotográficos, cuya paz muerta sólo es perturbada por una bandada de cuervos. A partir del capítulo tres aparecen humanos, dibujados con estilos variados, algunos quizá demasiado convencionales —sobre todo las figuras dibujadas a lápiz—, porque chirrían en un conjunto tan radical, pero tienen que aparecer para que el diálogo dé paso a un final hermoso y terrible. Terminal Tower es una joya The Watcher and the Tower

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