I have a new book out, it’s called QCDA and it’s a BIG ASS COMIC BOOK, as you can see by that pen next to it.
QCDA is a gigantic comic book (16.5 x 11.7 inches).
It’s 16 pages of pure comics by Me, Zé Burnay, Rudolfo and André Pereira. The perfect comics for all the rogues and misfits out there.
Only 7$ + shipping.
I’m in this. Hope u guys like it.
I wish I didn’t have to reblog this right from the cover, which looks so washed out, but I’d rather join the reblog chain than make a new one. QCDA has been out for a month or so, and I read it a few weeks back.
André is part of Clube do Inferno and a bff, but this time he chose to do things differently. Rather than do the work while discussing it with us throughout, he only showed it once it was finished. I have a few notes to write about this and I hope they’re not too personal.
First of all, there’s a page right there explaining what QCDA could mean, so it doesn’t really matter. All you need to know is that this a supersize anthology by the ringleaders of the new wave of comics in Portugal. And they deliver. They do it in different ways and I expected a lot from this book, so I have mixed feelings about it. They relate both to how I feel about the “local scene” and how I feel about these styles, which have become relevant to me, if only because of propinquity.
For some reason people remain allergic to talking about their own work (hopefully not for long). André’s story is the centerpiece to this book, and he says it is supposed to feel like a Smiths song, or, in other words, like the end of the teenage romance, and the beginning of the end of the world for many human beings. It’s a pony love story, but played like an epic. This is not cheap, artful complexity, and if you’ve been paying attention, André has played the distant narrator from the very beginning. Something happened in his life that energized his art, and it put a much larger heart at the center of his work. Now, if only he could put some effort into that lettering—
Rudolfo’s story is also about a breakup, terribly emo and intentionally hard to read, like sending someone a love letter laced with poison. I like it and I endorse all of the attempts he’s made to harden and expand his style. It does look like it was dropped halfway, expressing lack of confidence, disappointment, or a sudden shift towards a different direction. Whoever edited the book thought it was appropriate to cut his story with André’s, which is totally unheard of and truly unprofessional.
Burnay and Afonso’s stories are very different. They are not experimental nor genre-breaking, in fact they are the exact opposite. They express confidence and consistency, like they could own the whole book if they were allowed to. So give them a chance sometime.
I hear they’re not going for a second, but I think they should. I don’t know what they’re up to, except for André. He’s finishing “Safe Place”, a beautiful piece I peeked into a few days ago.. I was mildly high because I had been smoking a few hours back, André was sitting next to me, but the window was open, letting in a cold breeze; this was playing. As I went through the story, I felt really compelled by the slow rhythm of the story, and began to realize how the story’s idea related to my own life. I hope everyone gets a chance to read it. I wish he do could this one with us, but he’s got a chance of a wide release, and I hope he takes it.