First and foremost, I am a Lisbon-based, Portuguese comics critic. I’ve been writing about comics since the early 2000s, and in 2004 I launched my Portuguese-language blog lerbd and have written regularly ever since. This is my English-language blog, and I’ll write mostly about comics, but also other creative territories where text and image may commingle.
I completed my Master’s (with a dissertation on contemporary French-speaking comics and memory) and then my PhD (with a dissertation on contemporary Portuguese comics and trauma). As a critic, I’ve collaborated with international platforms, especially The Comics Alternative and du9.org. And as an academic, I have a small number of articles, chapters (some co-authored) and reviews on several journals.
I’ve also curated a number of comics exhibitions (with a special penchant for alternative and experimental strands), both in my country and abroad, translated into Portuguese a bunch of comics (including the verbiose work of the likes of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, but also lighter and fun stuff), written a tv documentary on national comics, and did a lot of other odd jobs related to comics.
I’ve been teaching for 20 years, but in the last 10 or so I’ve been teaching in multiple schools subjects related to comics, animation, illustration and storytelling (i.e., history, theory and scriptwriting).
More recently, I’ve picked comics-writing once again (since my early 20s) and have been publishing short stories for the past three years on a regular basis, with a veritable small army of collaborators. I also write for animation, cinema and opera (libretti and lyrics). My first graphic novella, with artist Marta Teives, Os Regressos (“The Return”), came out in 2018 and has been translated into Polish (Timof, 2019).
In June 2019, a bookstore-gallery called Tinta nos Nervos opened in Lisbon. I’m one of the founders, the hirsute clerk and resident geek.
The portrait above was done by David Périmony, whom I’ve met when teaching in Amiens, France. The blog’s header was done by João Catarino, from a two-page story we did together. And its title is unapologetically stolen from a John “Ren & Stimpy” Kricfalusi interview.
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