Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

The work on the Valencia metro accident, National Comic Award


Cristina Durán Costell, Michelangelo Giner Bou Y Laura Ballester Beneyto They have been awarded the National Comic Prize, endowed with 20,000 euros, for the graphic novel Day 3, a work that has managed to "from the respect" the chronicle of the accident of the Valencia metro in 2006, which left 43 dead and 47 injured.

As reported Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, this graphic novel, published by Astiberri, has also managed to reflect this “social drama” with a narrative in which “emotion, graphic excellence and the use of powerful metaphors are balanced visuals. "







In this comic we have decided to tell the story of others always with respect ”


"We are social animals and we like to commit ourselves to our life and environment, in this comic we have decided to tell the story of others always with respect," he told Efe Giner after hearing the news from the hospital where they are operating their partner, also Cristina Durán winner. For this reason, he has confessed, he is “very eager” to finish the operation to tell him, although both were aware of the possibilities they had to get this award, since it was in the pools of critics and comic experts.

For the realization of the award-winning graphic novel, whose first edition is from 2018, the authors were based on Laura Ballester's research, reflected in the book Fighting against oblivion, the long road for the victims of the Valencia metro (2015). Day 3, as a project, it has also won the 2016 Ciutat de Palma de Còmic Premi. In the words of Giner, Day 3 The comic "is a great medium" to convey this type of social events and dramas.

Archive image of the couple of illustrators Cristina Durán Costell and Miguel Ángel Giner Bou

Archive image of the couple of illustrators Cristina Durán Costell and Miguel Ángel Giner Bou
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Cristina Durán Costell (Valencia, 1970) has a degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Valencia and was an Erasmus scholarship at Middlesex University in London. In his university days he was part of the Crane Team, creator of the fanzine No Parking I call CRANE. It is part of AC (Comic Book Collective). Since 1993 he is professionally dedicated to illustration and comic in his studio, LaGRUAestudio, which he shares with Giner Bou.

For its part, Michelangelo Giner Bou (Benetússer, Valencia, 1969) has a degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos de Valencia (UPV) in the specialty of Drawing and obtained a collaboration grant in the subject of Space Representation Systems. He is also a professor of the master's degree in Design and Illustration at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Valencia (UPV) and ESAT (Higher School of Art and Technology), and is president of the Professional Association of Illustrators of Valencia (APIV). In 1993 he created, together with Cristina Durán, his own studio, LaGRUAestudio, where he has worked as a screenwriter and illustrator since then.



The comic is a great way to convey this kind of social events and dramas ”



By last, Laura Ballester Beneyto, graduated in Information Sciences, since 2006 he has been an exhaustive follow-up of the accident of the Valencia metro, a work for which he has received the Premi de l'Ateneu Cultural de Torrent in 2012, the Turia Billboard prize for the best contribution journalism in 2014 or the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award from the Patraix Neighbor Association. He has worked at El Punt, in local radio and television media, in addition to the Paleta d'Ocres cooperative, specializing in environmental, cultural and health issues.







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