Bahistorieta 4 is here: for those who love comics, drawing and writing

Anahí González Pau
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“You have to leave behind the old concept that comics are only for children.”

The phrase belongs to Guillermo Arena, one of the organizers of the Bahistorieta 4 festival, which will take place on December 3, 4 and 5, from 15 to 21, in 2 Museums (Sarmiento 450) with free admission.

The event, in its fourth edition, will bring together great masters of this art such as the screenwriter Diego Agrimbau (winner of national and international awards), the Argentine cartoonist “Lito” Fernández (with a vast professional career), the journalist Andres Accorsi (specialized in comics) and the prominent cartoonists Horacio Lalia (he worked with Breccia and Oesterheld) and Ezequiel Capelo Lalia.

The activity, organized ad honorem by five local cartoonists and creatives, is sponsored by the Culture Department of the Municipality, the UNS and the Association of Southern Artists and aims to spread and promote this art that in our country does not reach to be as massive as in the US or Europe but which, for some time, has been gaining renewed momentum.

“We seek to show people what the comic is: an art for all genders and ages,” said Arena.

“We want more people to get closer to the comic, the comic or the manga, which is the oriental comic, and to see that there are many people, girls, boys and adults drawing and scripting,” he said.

Arena, who studied at the School of Visual Arts, returned with joy and enthusiasm his passion for the comic strip (he had put it aside for a while) and will be launching two volumes of his series The Last Nefelim at this festival: And evil is between us and The blood of the past.


The Arena saga: script and drawings of his authorship.

“I have an important collection of comics, I love the European and the US, of classic superheroes, but I have a special love for the national comics because I was trained and took as an example great teachers such as Mandrafina, Breccia, Alcatena, Lalia ”, He remarked.

He assured that although in Bahia there is no field for the development of this art, it is possible to grow and develop in the federal capital and mentioned that there are many people who publish in US publishers, both scriptwriters and cartoonists, although it is not easy. enter this market.

“Just now there is a kind of new move and that gives me hope that times of change and improvements for the comic will come,” he stressed.

Those who are interested in participating can make their reservations from tomorrow through Facebook / bahistorieta. The space to participate in the workshops and other activities is limited.

On the other hand, he stressed that it would be important to incorporate into schools, as a subject, this art so complete that it combines drawing and literature.

“There are history books made with comics. There are kids who learn history this way. Educational plans should contemplate it, disseminate it and generate a job offer for those who love this art, ”he said.


The saga of Felkar.

He pointed out that the common point between cartoonists and illustrators is that they both use the same tools: knowledge of light, shadow, perspective and composition; and in some cases, they have a good command of digital knowledge.

Among the differences, he pointed out that the illustrator works from a story, an editorial or political or social note, or simply makes a certain drawing upon request. For his part, the cartoonist either receives a pre-established script or elaborates it, and in both cases, sticks to it.

“There are scriptwriters who tell you what to draw square by square and there are others who give you some freedom,” he said.


Fanzine made by Satti, Mella, Angelicchio and friends.

The organizers are Guillermo Arena, Francisco Felkar, Angel Satti, Juan Mella and Rocco Angelicchio, who are from Bahistorieta 2, except Felkar, who has participated since the first edition.

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