sexta-feira, 1 de julho de 2016

QCDI #3000 [press-release] ... @ Seite Books

ASTRONOMERS LOOK AT THE STARS BUT THEY ONLY SEE THEMSELVES

IT IS 1851 AND THE 18TH BRUMAIRE IS OUT. IN IT KARL MARX SAYS THAT, WHEN PUSHED FOR A MOMENT IN HISTORY, WE LOOK FOR SIGNS OF GHOSTS, AND CANNOT HELP BUT COME BACK IN TIME SEEKING THE SAME POSES, THE SAME SENTENCES, AND THE SAME IMAGES OF GRATENES. THE ALIEN BELONGS TO THE FUTURE AND IT IS THE REVERSE OF THE GHOST, A PROJECTION.  EVEN WHEN CAPILTALISM IMAGINES ITS ALIEN OUTSIDE OF IMPERIALISM AND RESOURCE EXPLOITATION, THERE IS LITTLE HOPE: THE ACTUAL IMAGE OF THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL WILL ARRIVE TO LATE. JUST IMAGINE IF THEY'RE OUT THERE, WATCHING US RID TOWARDS SELF-DESTRUCTION... HOW EMBARRASING.



Last Spring, Clube do Inferno had two new book releases, both with Chili Com CarneQCDI #3000 and Maga.

QCDI #3000 is published under Chili Com Carne’s giant-sized comics anthology series QCDA. Previous issues of QCDA already showcased work of Clube's members — André Pereira in issue 1000 and Hetamoé in issue 2000. This new volume, however, is entirely dedicated to Clube do Inferno and its authors André Pereira, Astromanta, Hetamoé and Mao

As a collective, they bring an added layer of meaning to the anthology, including a subtitle to our set in the front cover: Fear of a Capitalist Planet.


As in the preceding QCDAsQCDI #3000 is composed of four four-pages stories enclosed into different paths between the fantastic, the political and the oneiric. Dragons, policemen and misshapen pizzas populate the iconography of this project, developing an idea previously explored in our exhibition Lightning Riding Waves of Fire in El Pep (2014): that we are living in the post-catastrophe. We’ve placed ourselves as outsiders, in the future, in a parallel reality, to retrieve alien, but not alienating perspectives. 


QCDI 3000 was presented last May 30th at XI International Comics Festival of Beja, and can be bought online at Clube do Inferno's or Chili Com Carne's shops and at Ediciones Valientes (Spain), Quimby's (Chicago), Fat Bottom Books (Barcelona), Seite Books (Los Angeles)... 

Meanwhile, you can check these cute teaser trailers:




This edition got support from IPDJ and Wormgod
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Best Graphic Novels (Portugal) by Pedro Moura in Paul Gravett site: QCDI 3000 is actually the third volume of an ongoing project to highlight new, young comics artists who are willing to push the envelope of the art of comics-making. This particular issue is concentrated on a collective called Círculo do Inferno, a little like the Hellfire Club, and they’re no gentlemen either. The authors are Astromanta, Hetamoé, Mao and André Pereira (...). This oversized, tabloid-like anthology presents four-page pieces by each artist, not necessarily narrative: Astromanta presents a sort of science fiction essay on precariousness; Hetamoé crunches shojo manga with post-Marxist politics via high fantasy tropes; André Pereira creates a seemingly light story that actually focuses on the current political-economic crises of Portuguese society (with absolutely brilliant page compositions); and Mao brings together two distinct narrative tracks, an unclear palace intrigue and the slow progress of an oozing pizza-monster (but also an exercise in experimental composition). Weird, creative, dynamic, indeterminate in their moral but surefire in their humour and politics, this collective has not only produced top-notch contemporary comics that go well beyond classic genres and forms, but also provide much food for thought, and not only about comics themselves.

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