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Graphic Lit

from the February 2015 issue

Gabo: A Magical Life

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From Gabo. Memorias de una vida mágica. © Óscar Pantoja, Tatiana Córdoba, and Felipe Camargo Rojas. ©Rey Naranjo Editores 2013. c/o AMBook ( By arrangement with the Nicolas Grivel Agency. Translation © 2015 by Lawrence Schimel. All rights reserved.


Oscar Pantoja

Óscar Pantoja (1971) is a Colombian author and novelist. He was awarded the Alejo Carpentier Prize for his novel El Hijo and a national fellowship for short film by the Colombian  Ministry of Culture. He has created love movies and horror movies. He was involved in several writing and audiovisual projects and he currently works as a freelance writer for newspapers, publishers, and film. His most recent project, the text of a graphic novel about the life of Jorge Luis Borges, will be published in December 2015.

Tatiana Córdoba

Tatiana Córdoba is a young Colombian visual artist. She is a graduate of the Javerian University, where she currently also teaches plastic arts. She has worked as an illustrator for several projects including maloka, bacánika, revista, colsanitas, dinero, el malpensante, orsai. Her art has been shown in Colombia, U.S. and Mexico. When she is not working she fills her notebook with scribble, talks to her friends, reads, and occasionally, does gardening.

Felipe Camargo

Felipe Camargo Rojas (1988) graduated cum laude in visual arts from the Javerian University. Obsessed with the lack of communication within urban environments, he focused his first individual exhibition particularly on this topic.  During that occasion he also presented his first graphic novel, el señor solitario y la anciana incomunicada. He took part in various collective exhibitions. His main interests are painting, illustration, comics and editorial design. His comics have been featured on la Gacetilla de Robot and on Revista Larva. He was a guest at the Entreviñetas Festival 2012. His most recent project is a graphic novel about the legendary life of Juan Rulfo written by Oscar Pantoja.

Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel

Born in New York City in 1971, Lawrence Schimel has lived in Madrid since 1999. He writes in both Spanish and English, and has published over 100 titles as author or anthologist, in various genres and for all ages, including the poetry collection Desayuno en la cama; the graphic novel Vacaciones en Ibiza; and many children’s books, including ¡Vamos a ver a papá!, ¿Como se dice?, and Volando cometas. Una barba para dos (Spain, Dos Bigotes) is his first book of fiction for adults written in Spanish. His picture book No hay nada como el orginal (Destino) was selected by the International Youth Library in Munich for the White Ravens 2005 and his picture books ¿Lees un libro conmigo? (Panamericana) and Igual que ellos/Just Like Them (Ediciones del Viento) were selected by IBBY for Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities in 2007 and 2013 respectively. His other awards include the Lambda Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Spectrum Award. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages, including Icelandic, Maltese, Estonian, and Turkish. In addition to his own writing, he works as a Spanish-English literary translator.

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