Original text for Juliana Rabelo – English version for Cultura de Quadrinhos crew.
On November 21st and 22nd it happened in Fortaleza, Ceará, the convention [Des]enquadradas: Repensando e Recriando a Atuação Feminina no Mercado de Ilustração e Quadrinhos no Brasil (something like [OUT]OfBox: Rethinking and recreating the female action in Brazilian Comics and Ilustration Market). The convention was organized by Amanda Alboíno, Débora Cristina and Rute Aquino at the Porto Iracema das Artes School of Art.
I am immensely happy because I was invited as an artist and an art teacher. This post is to thank the invitation and to think about the convention results: all the very good stuff I saw and lived in these 2 days.
On first day we had a panel about the Female Graphic Art. Journalist Mariamma Fonseca (from Lady’s Comics site), brazilian former Franco-Belgian comic artist Ana Luiza Koehler and artist-mangá-teacher Blenda Furtado were in the panel. They talked about the importance (and relevance) of a female representation in art. From the discussion with the public, many beautiful sentences and lessons droped out as the necessity of a dialogue between art and women feelings, and the right that women have to be protagonists in many places and many ways.
The convention offered 12 free hands-on workshops, all with girls-teachers, and which had girls and boys participations. They talked about comic narrative, watercolor and pencils techniques, drawing styles, street art and much more. All of the workshops were very cool and promoted gender equality and women representation. So great!
During the convention it had an area called Feira do Mar, a place where indie publications and arts were sold. In the same place, there were 2 autograph moments: one with the brazilian indie comic star Sirlanney, presenting her book “Magra de Ruim“, and the second one with the Eisner-nominated colorist Cris Peter, and the book “O Uso das Cores“.
The other panels were unbelievable great. They presented strategies for internet publication (in Brazil, print a work is very expensive and agreements with publishers sometimes are not good enough, so the internet is a very good way, but it is very hard to get readers and keep on them), and talked about the insecurities of a girl has when she publishes anything and the criticism which comes from other man and even women. That was a really great moment because all the girls on the panel, as indie artist Lovelove6, the artists Nathália Forte and Natália Matos, the designer Cecília Andrade and street artist Negahamburguer, and the other artists who went to the convention (include myself) shared their ideias in a very nice way. Some of us had jast met in these two days, but we understand each other so closely that it was like we already knew each other. That was magic! And that’s a real sisterhood, and “girl-artisthood” and is awesome.
So, that’s my impression. You can understand more about the [Des]enquadradas convention in the links I put in this text. I hope next year we have more and it’ll be so much better!