Interview with Darío Adanti
Much has happened since, in 1997 came from Argentina Dario Adanti our country looking to break into the world of comics and cartoon, which has largely been met to the point of being considered one of the most innovative authors what the comic in Spain is concerned. Funny, transgressive and with some attachment to our culture but also to that of his native country, is now keen to help in Mongolia magazine that combines humor in its most satirical investigative journalism and political news. And for him, humor is essential.
- For all readers who do not know , tell us what makes Dario Adanti and sets their stories / pictures / cartoons of other illustrators , or put another way , which is the hallmark of Dario Adanti in their work ?
In my country , Argentina to those who are dedicated to this comic call us while here more often known as a cartoonist , and illustrator TBOS , I prefer to say that I am cartoonist , because that implies that in addition to draw , too tell a story , most humor comics do draw because we like to write stories. There are people who if defined as cartoonists or illustrators 'pure' , I prefer denominarme as a comic because the base of my job is to tell a story , that is, try to think first and then tell the story through drawing . As for my identity work when basically are two things, one , the fascination with popular culture or pop culture , mixed with a worship style and political overtones , since I love to read everything from politics, philosophy , film , novel, etc. and so obviously reflected in my stories. As for graphic design , what most characterizes me is the mixture of certain things from the comics of the 30s ( as Popeye , Crazy Kat ) with some underground culture more typical of the sixties onwards.
- According to his statements, you prefer to describe your mood as absurd genre, in the same way that in Spain there are also two geniuses of this type of humor (Miguel Gila or Tip y Coll) identifies his style with any of these 2 great absurd humor in Spain?
Of course, if I have my own style, in Spain there is a line of comedians that all who are dedicated to this have influenced us a lot, even those who like me, were not born here, such as, for example, Gila, Berlanga with Azcona, Tuesday and Thirteen, The chanantes and more recently, Miguel Nogueras. Generally in Spain have been and are very good comedians, so for me, engaging humor, and not be a fan of them is to be a little limited.
- When to develop thematic vignettes which are your favorites and why?
My favorite subject is usually the bizarre world led to the decline of daily life, for example, among my characters star is The Christ Child, representing the poor son of a god, who is now in crisis and that spent in the Old Testament much money, Budu master (sort of voodoo master) or man cat, a half-man half-cat character, which derives from an old urban legend that Argentina and children is considered something like here in Spain the bogeyman. Overall, I like to mix this with everything that represents human stupidity, because I believe that 60% of the things that happen, often are clumsy, both in human relations, power relations between them, etc..
- In a time of crisis such as we are, it seems that the task of making people laugh is a challenge, What motivates Dario Adanti to keep working every day to make people take a giggle when read his comics?
In times of crisis like this is when it is most necessary that people laugh, not only with the intention to forget their problems, but I consider important and even healthy, you also laugh at their own situation, their own problems or even those who are screwing things (banking, government). The mood at the end of the day, is a way of exorcising your own fears.
- What advice would you give to young artists looking to break into this world , or those young talent for drawing but can not live on that ) ?
The issue is complicated because although the crisis has affected all sectors , which has done most dust is undoubtedly the newspaper industry , which is declining ( many major media groups asked for credits time and this has meant that its debt is so large that the banks themselves are those that " ownership " of these papers ) so many who came from the media and were out of work we created separate ways , ( the Hibero , ElDiario.Es , Mongolia ) . I think for these new generations is important, first, to make fanzines , as I consider the fanzine has never been as important as now ideological , and second , to use and make the most of the opportunities given digital media, young people have born with them and knows perfectly manage and take advantage of these resources , for example , first publishing on the Internet and soon she grew hollow . Overall i would say the key is to look for their own independently to show your work, and most important, sought means to work with the least amount of people possible , the ideal is to get together with friends, colleagues or acquaintances but not are in the same sector , they can complement each other because there's always something you do not know and yes I know another , and vice versa , ie , work a little along the lines of a cooperative.
- You exercise of his profession in magazines what extent do you think the crisis may be affecting the consumption of these publications ?
Clearly that is affecting , but more than the crisis, are two things: the first, the disenchantment of the people towards the press, since the population is growing more aware that apart from the mainstream media are bound to be targeted hand and foot, and second, the denial of the press to certain social movements such as the 15 -M or the marches to surround the congress, that for most of the country's newspapers seemed to be nonexistent , not spoken this, the press refused and gave no news about it, while in other parts of the world what was happening at the time was cover of a newspaper. This I think has meant that many people are disenchanted with the regular press , and has also promoted the creation of new alternative newspapers like La Marea at, ElDiario.es or Diagonal (one very activist left-wing newspaper). If to this we add the belittling of the culture that is carrying out the PP government that is not interested in local culture and despises, it is harmful , because it leads to many new generations do not have access to culture or teachers have the motivation , the will or the salary necessary to motivate them. It is important to encourage the culture in this country , the culture is what makes your country is known and has a place in the world.
- In a few days , in the theater Calderón in Madrid we see you and some "colleagues" his profession at the" Havana Club: Stories that count ", for those who do not know, what will be the event and what do they want ?
It's a very interesting series of events dealing with journalism , media, also have some dedicated to cinema and this year will be focused on press cartoonists. I will be the master of ceremonies, and guests will be Angel Idígoras, José Manuel Puebla, Jesus Zulet and Gllego and King , are all types with great craft, carrying press many years and have lived in this period of transition , which also there was a flash of the press ( the same that is now declining) and not only that , they also have lived the history of Spain every day and have had to reflect in a cartoon , have given birth to many means (Thursday ) and have also seen the death of another as Papus, and it is people who can give us many interesting anecdotes (there have been cases of cartoonists threatened ) , some amusing , and well aware of the "scene" of the Madrid press as is much talk of the Madrid scene in terms of music , drugs , etc., but there was also a very important press movement spoken of less and they have lived close . Also see plan drawing on improvisation and most importantly , try to have a fun time with them .
- In its year career, which has been a few, tell us some situation, some fact that you have marked specially.
I have lots of anecdotes, the struck me, and that made me really how much of this trade was for example, when I started posting on Thursday, my grandfather went into a coma and died a short time, so I had to go to Argentina and take care of everything related to the funeral and wake, yet also had to make a hole in my head to tell a joke through a cartoon, because my job demanded it. I also happened to be in New York sick of having to draw gut and stuck to the toilet (laughs) are situations in which people do not stop to think about jokes or funny stories, but you must do whatever the circumstances that cause you live, your profession and that's what feeds you.
- One of his quotes says: "When you actually split in half , is inevitable as concerned citizen review " in this sense , is for you the comic a form of protest about this " raw " reality that affects the health , education and culture?
The problem is that while in the United States and France are seeing and reformulating a lot of uses for the comic that has not been raised , such as educational or informational use and are realizing that it is a very direct way of communicating and engaging , here in Spain there are still some prejudice against comics, which are seen as something of tales for children , which is not because comics about anything and everything . From stories to entertain up ways of teaching , therefore , would be foolish not to use all the possibilities of the comic to tell everything that happens and everything that is affecting you . When I arrived here in Spain , felt that he could not comment on today , how would I comment on something that happened here did not even know who was the interior minister ? although they knew some history because I love the story and was interested in what happened in the Civil War and during the Franco regime , I needed a base , so I focused in on Thursday especially in the mood but without paying much attention to reality , but when we started in Mongolia many of my classmates were unemployed and mortgage problems , plus my wife and my friends are from here and there comes a time when you're already so wet from all that what happens around is reflected in what you do
- In general, his profession is to create humor through illustrated stories, sometimes work is criticized , they are taken such criticism with humor ( as humorist who you are) and you are urged to continue working in the same online?
Depends on the mood problem is that there is always a victim, whether they are driving drunk, fat, politicians, ie, there will always be someone who can be affected, and as a comedian you have to take that risk , but the time, you have to start from the basis that if you do not want to offend anyone , you can not do humor, so it is best to ignore all the criticism because if you do not finish mareándote and doing nothing. I generally hear who is on the people I respect , for example, Alvaro Pons , Jordi Costa, Marcos Ordonez, I like reading your reviews I take very seriously what I say and what I have in mind when making my work, they are highly educated people, without any prejudice and not criticized for not criticizing , what do you say objectively.
- Say that humor has one and is easy transgress limits ...
Thus, the issue of the limits of humor pisses me off enough, the humor is a way of telling things but it is a fiction, and do not understand why to make novel or epic but I have no limits if you want to mood and there are limits that you can not pass, why nothing happens if you make a fictional terrorist attack, get people crying and you qualify as great, and if you make a humorous story about a terrorist attack and you call attention claiming that "no limits"? I think it depends on the tone of humor is used to convey what people want and how they want to convey.