Comics Enriched Their Lives! #2


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Thursday, January 11, 2007


I started reading comic books that were published in the 1980s, when I was about 20 years old, and they all dealt with repression in Franco’s Spain. These were comic books that were published in Spain. At the time, they were sort of the equivalent of the underground comics in the Sixties in America. They were very anarchic, very against the system, against the establishment, and a lot of them dealt with the situation of postwar Spain. There was one in particular that influenced The Devil’s Backbone more than Pan’s Labyrinth that dealt with an orphanage in postwar Spain; that was called Paracuellos [by Carlos Giménez, 1981].

Guillermo del Toro, in an interview from the Austin Chronicle

This one is too easy, I know, but this series needs to live on as more than just a cheap ploy to lure unsuspecting readers from a barely related (at best) “blog-a-thon”—if only so I can sleep at night. Sometimes you have to go to blog with the post you have, not the post you want to have.

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One Response to “Comics Enriched Their Lives! #2”
  1. D_W_ says:

    I saw this great article about the sketchbook from Pan’s Labyrinth in The Guardian late last year. It has a nice slide show of some of it’s pages;
    http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1949245,00.html
    I wonder if this sketchbook will get published in some form? Perhaps it’s something for Picturebox to consider?