Enter the world of comic artists it is not as simple as it appears, many times, it is necessary to start independently in order to grow. One of these ways is to launch your work on the Catarse website, a collective money-raising platform (like a cow), and then go into editorials.
In this list, we have separated some little famous comic artists for you to get to know better some comic books created in this way and their authors, getting to know each other’s work better. Many of them were nominated for the HQ Mix Trophy, a Brazilian award that aims to “publicize, value and reward the production of comics, graphic humor, animation and the like”, chosen by Brazilian artists and professionals, editors, journalists and researchers.
Meet 8 independent Brazilian comic artists
Marcello Quintanilha was born in Niterói, in 1971, and currently lives in Barcelona. He became a professional cartoonist as a teenager in the 1980s, drawing comic books of horror and martial arts for Bloch.
In 1990, he started publishing his comics in magazines such as, and. Quintanilha has already received an award at the Salão Carioca de Humor, at the Bienal do Rio, and Angoulême com, international success. Other comic books by the author are,, and.
Author of several independent and little known comics, Camilo Solano was born in the interior of São Paulo, in São Manuel. He has already been nominated for the Jabuti Award, with, the HQMix Trophy, with and, the latter alongside Thobias Daneluz.
Other of his works are,, (by publisher Veneta), in the Graphic MSP project by Mauricio de Sousa com, and, a story written alongside his debutant brother, Aldo Solano.
Shiko he is a graffiti artist, illustrator, comic book writer, screenwriter and director of short films. Born in the city of Patos, in the backlands of Paraíba, in 1976, he started producing his material as a teenager, and collaborating for independent magazines such as e.
He was also nominated for the HQ Mix Trophy as a revelation for the independent album, his best known works are, which became a short film produced by himself, and part of the Graphic MSP collection.
Bianca Pinheiro was born in Rio de Janeiro, but has lived in Curitiba since he was a child. Graduated in Graphic Arts and post-graduated in Comics, the author became a comic artist from the blog, in 2012, with her, which would be published two years later by Editora Nemo and would earn her the HQ Mix Trophy of New talent with the two volumes of this saga.
He has already released independent comics like e, with her husband Gregório Bert, in addition to another comic beside him published by Pipoca e Nanquim,. Bianca also participated in the Graphic MSP collection with e.
Born in Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, Luciano Salles became comic artist and illustrator at. Author of independent comic stories, such as and.
Salles has already been nominated for the HQ Mix Award for his works, and. His latest comic is also released independently in 2019, through help on the Catarse platform. Luciano has a blog, o, where he writes texts and announces his next projects.
Paulo Crumbim and Cristina Eiko
Cristina Eiko and Paulo Crumbim are married and act together in comics (that’s why they are on the list together), since 2010 they publish on the webcomics website, which tells the couple’s daily life and their adventures in a humorous way, they have had several editions of this saga launched in printed format and, in one of them, won the HQ Mix Trophy for “best independent publication”. Also participating in the Graphic MSP project with the story, had this HQ published in France under the name.
Born in Ohio, United States. However, he has lived in Brazil, in Bauru, since he was 6 years old, Ryan Smallman is the main illustrator of the site and specializes in its creative design department since 2017.
He is a novice in the comic book profession, launching his debut comic, independently in 2019 – and being nominated for the HQ Mix Trophy in the same year.
Illustrator and comic artist, Jefferson Costa is responsible for independent comics such as (volumes 3 and 5), (volumes 1 and 2) e.
Next to and Lillo Parra he wrote the stories and, the latter won the HQ Mix Trophy for “comic adaptation”, in 2013. His most recent work is, released by the publisher Pipoca e Nanquim. Costa also participated in the Graphic MSP collection alongside Rafael Pants with .