Friday, July 30, 2004

How many people are we, anyway?

That's not really a question that I would answer here, but brings some points I've noticed at this year's Comicon and the different way people are receiving our work. At least, different from what we're used to her in Brazil.

You see, we've been doing this for almost ten years, climbing our way into this hard world of comics (independent comics, I might add). The public (should I say small public ) who reads comics here have already the notion of who we are and the work we do, even if they have never seen it. So I could say we have some success telling our stories around here, for a lot of people have at least heard of them.

But my point is on another end of our long journey and is about our partnership and how we deal with this sharing of roles. I'm talking about our being twins and working together and the fact that almost nobody really knows who does what around here. It gets worse because we really do everything ourselves and sometimes the division of the work is not drawn by a very sharp line.

So, we had the same "problem" at the Comicon, mainly because of our new book, URSULA, that we wrote and drew. On the original version, we had separated the credits for the art by pages, so a careful reader would know which page had been done by which one of us. In the beautiful AIT version, there's no such thing. But that's not really a problem, right? Just ask and we'll tell you who did what.

The real issue, the new spin on that, refers on F‡bio doing Smoke and Guns and that it has been spread all over the place and people new that and asked for Smoke and Guns sketches. Not the problem also, by all means, all the interest in our work, even separate, is great. But we left the convention under the impression that people did not really know that I also can draw. Once it is not said on URSULA that we did both things AND F‡bio is the one who has another project on the way, the public would address him in a different manner, with that look of wonder and enchantment on their eyes. For me, well, people look at me just because I am that hot.

Well, soon enough everyone will see the things we did and have been doing in separate and will focus on our stories, which is the most important thing and the only one that really matters.

Back to them, shall we?

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Back in the game

Due to the crazy trip back home, with broken planes and accumulated work, there won't be a lot of writing time until we can get a lot of stuff out of our way. Lucky for us, we're buried in a lot of very interest, fun work, mostly, if not entirely, comic related.

But I'll just leave this week with a word of advise:

Believe in yourself. Work hard. Aim high.

It can happen.

next week: lessons from Eduardo Risso, the joy of working for other people and the dreams that came true.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The San Diego Comicon was a blast and we will tell you all about it in due time.

For now, all I can say is that our new comic, ROCK'N'ROLL, a big success at the Convention, is going to be avaible from, thanks to our good friend Brian. The down side is, there are only 35 copies of it. So hurry Up

Monday, July 19, 2004

Monday, monday.

Today, we leave to San Diego in a plane that will take us to Washington instead. Being as it is, we'll have to get on another plane, and that won't get us to San Diego either. I believe we'll land in L.A. What can we do?
Know the trip you're making so you can make the best of it. Make plans and think of the places you'll go, the people you'll meet. Prepare yourself to discover new ground and expect the unexpected. Maybe you're traveling to the Alps, and maybe you're only going to a comic book convention, it doesn't really matter. Every time you leave the house, your life can change. Just keep your eyes open o see it through and enjoy the ride.


And check out this link for more images of the next AiT projects, including Smoke and Guns.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Care for a smoke?
As some people have already noticed, Larry Young started spreading the word about the new books AiT is publishing, planning and doing in the next year and a half. Among various titles, one name can sound somewhat familiar.

Click here for the full list.

While you're on it, check Chris Arrant's nice words about Ursula.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Follow your dreams. No matter how hard, no matter how far, we are but dreamers and there's no poing living a life without dreams. It's like never falling in love and, for us, that just won't do.

We're here for the long run, loving every step of the way.

Monday, July 12, 2004


It seems July has already begun, comic book wise, even before we reach San Diego. We ran into a lot of artists who are currently doing big super-hero comics and we got to know somethings first hand about the super-hero business.

A good one is the return of Roger Cruz to super heroes. Look for an announcement of the book (from one of the big two) he will be penciling soon (I know but can't tell). He's a great guy, incredible artist, and has been able to improve in each new work he does. And he has an amazing talent to super people. Given enough time, he can deliver some of the best super-hero pages you'll find.

Ivan Reis, currently doing the best super-hero pages you can find today, will be in San Diego signing books and looking good alongside his friend and inker extraordinaire Marcelo Campos. He's a nice guy and his success is well deserved.

We met Greg Tochinni this week as well, but his schedule with his "THOR: Son of Asgard" artwork didn't allow him to make the journey to San Diego this time.

To finish this one, a word about Joe Prado. He's not a familiar name to most of the readers, but he's getting there. Expect some super pages from him anytime now. And expect him to be in San Diego with all the crazy brazilians (count the brazilian twins in), making this year's convention the brazilian convention.

Next step: change the official language in San Diego to portuguese.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Throw the last Bone.

Today, I read the last issue of Bone. I've been reading Bone since 1996 (it took a while for the wonders of Bone to reach the brazilian shores) and I have completely changed the way I understood comics after I discovered those three cousins, all lost in that strange valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Bone was the first comic in a very long while that was made because it's author simply couldn't live doing anything else. He had a job, a life, everything one could want, but he wanted something else. In a way, he wanted more than the rest of us. He wanted to make a difference.

He succeeded in more ways than I can hardly begin to describe.

We should all be thankful we lived in the age of Bone, where we could follow, every two months, the adventures of Fone Bone and his friends. I am still amazed how Bone is the most coherent-looking saga of today, where you can look at the first page and the last and barely see which was done first.

Thanks, Jeff.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

what did you already know and what did you learn today?

Tonight is the HQ Mix, the brazilian equivalent to the Eisner awards. Here things happen a little different, so, for starters, we already know who won what.


Simply because Brazil is a very big country, where is just not easy or cheat to travel around, so everybody from outside S‹o Paulo, the city where the awards are delivered, have to make plans to come, and they really can't afford to come if they didn't win.

This is the background to which we face the music down here. It's not easy, we don't make any money (well, maybe I can buy a couple of beer every other month with the money I make doing comics) but we LOVE COMICS. If we are still making them after ten years, it's just because we just could not live not doing it. And to be awarded for keep doing comics just for the love of it is always a good thing. Hence the importance of the HQ Mix. It's an award for people who love comics to be remembered, to be celebrated and to be respected.

Tonight, I'm selling my new comic book at the ceremony, I'm also selling the other comic book I did last year, and I'm also going already knowing that I won an award. I don't mind knowing. Would you?

Monday, July 05, 2004

Another week begins.

Sometimes, we have to stop and look around. We do not know what awaits us ahead, and we're not sure how we got where we are. We are scared. Then, we remember all that we have done, all that we have said, and how we became who we are.

The future is right ahead.

Let's go.

. . .

ROCK'n'ROLL is ready! We already sold copies during the weekend. Today, we'll sell more at a comic book related party which, if you ask me, is a great event to have when you just released a new comic book and need as many events as you can find to sell your book.

Friday, July 02, 2004

a blue note on the hot stuff

James Sime, owner of the Isotope in San Francisco, invites everyones in the area to check out the full-length blue-line preview of Ursula. And they are also proudly displaying the color guides to the cover of Ursula in a place of great honor on the Isotope wall.

This week I saw the blue line previews of the new comic book, ROCK'n'ROll, and they look beautiful. I just love blue lines. In fact, I love the entire process behind doing a comic book, from deciding you want to draw for the rest of your life, going through the story, the artwork, the designing of everything, the printing and the selling up until the pride you feel after all is said and done.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Face the music!
I'm putting this up so you can speak your mind about what you think of it. I'm really proud of this's cover, and know you all can see why.