The third edition of the Ibero-American Cities graphic novel prize was presented this Friday with the aim of making this region "manifest in all its diversity and in all its richness".
This was stated to Efe by the coordinator of culture of the Union of Iberoamerican Capital Cities (UCCI), Raquel Martínez Gómez, who also explained that to achieve this they will seek to translate the next winning work into Portuguese, while a project to do so remains in place. also to indigenous languages.
On the other hand, he explained that the prize came up looking to collect the "value" and "creativity" of the creators of the region around the cities.
In that sense, Martinez pointed out that comics do not have to be centered on cities but on things that happen in them, such as gender violence, migration, cultural heritage or the issue of housing for young people.
On this, he highlighted that in the previous editions of the award very rich testimonies of the creators were collected and how they see the cities in which "problems are generated" but also "solutions are presented".
After the participation of 40 people in 2017 and 25 in 2018, for this new edition the organization decided to change the bases because "the graphic novel is a genre that gives a lot of work", explained Martínez.
Taking that into account, in addition to the growth of comic books in Latin America, he pointed out that in 2019 they expect about 80 participants.
Regarding the people who have contested so far, the coordinator stressed that in the organization they lived as a "beautiful" thing the participation of many women after having a prejudice that the comics were more masculine.
In 2018, the winning work was Las Ciudades que Somos, by the Argentine feminist collective Chicks on Comics.
The book is composed of travel tickets to different cities and each chapter tells a story in those places told by different women.
Caro Chinaski, one of the authors of the winning work, told Efe that obtaining the prize was "spectacular", especially considering that in 2018 the collective celebrated 10 years.
"It was a bit like a gift, it was very rewarding," he said.
In the face of the 2019 edition, the author said that she and her classmates will present themselves again, although at that time they will do it individually.
While the deadline to submit the project is in August, Chinaski said he has not yet decided on what his graphic novel will be about.