‘Marianela‘, the work of Benito Pérez Galdós written in 1878 and that more adaptations have lived in other formats such as theater, cinema, opera, television series, illustrated children’s books, soap operas or radio serials, has in the illustrated album ‘Nela’, made by the Canarian author Rayco Pulido (National Comic Award for ‘Lamia’ in 2017) his passage to the language of the cartoon.
The day January 8, at 6:00 p.m., the aforementioned work published by the Astiberri publishing house in 2013 occupies the attention of the Las Ranas Comic Book Club of the Insular Library which, coordinated by Luciano Díaz, has been developed in an ‘online’ version since the outbreak of the pandemic and only for members registered in said club. The registration process for new users can be done by requesting the mail [email protected] Obtaining the membership card of said library, a requirement for the loan of books, through Bica, Absysnet, catalog of the libraries of the Canary Islands. In addition, you must also apply to be a member of the Las Ranas Comic Club.
Rayco Pulido has known how to keep the pulse of Galdós’s original novel. Both the descriptions of the psychological body of his characters – “the quality and delicacy in the construction of Marianela’s voice transmits truth, oozes life and becomes the support of the rest of her interlocutors”, Maintains the cartoonist–, as the critical analysis of life in rural Spain in the 19th century –environment, superstition, usury, illiteracy, false charity, feudalism and ecclesiastical influence– are faithful to the essence of Galdós’s creation. Evils that, to a lesser or greater extent, continue to prevail in contemporary Spanish society.
‘Nela’ was considered one of the 25 Spanish graphic jewels of the 21st century according to the cultural supplement ‘Babelia’, of The country.
As the comic specialist Eduardo Guillén points out, “thanks to his experimentation with vignettes, Pulido perfectly maintains the essence of the Galdosian work and, in addition, contributes part of his soul with his pencils, clean and simple, but full of beauty thanks to the treatment color or, rather, the absence of it: The entire work is drawn in a majestic black and white, which is only interrupted by sequences with ocher that frame dreamlike passages, full of mysticism ”.
Rayco Puldoi was born in Telde in 1978. With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, he alternates teaching with his work as a cartoonist. In 2004, after participating in various competitions and exhibitions at the regional level, he began to publish long comics, first as a cartoonist, later as a full author. His first three works in comics, all edited in ‘De Ponent’, are ‘Happy Ending’ (2004) with a script by Hernán Migoya, ‘Sordo’ (2008) with a script by David Muñoz and ‘Untitled’. 2008-2011 (2011), as full author.
‘Nela’ (Astiberri, 2013), a comic adaptation of the novel Marianela, by Benito Pérez Galdós, is followed by ‘Lamia’ (Astiberri, 2017), with which he wins the 2017 National Comic Prize and, together with David Muñoz, has just prepared an updated edition with different extras of ‘Sordo’ under the Astiberri label, while the film version of this comic directed by Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas, with Hugo Silva, Aitor Luna, Asier Etxeandia and Imanol Arias is being edited. in its cast, which is pending release.