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    Rabioso: Director’s Cut - Alejandro Hernández

    In 2010 I was lucky enough to participate in the historical first issue of “The Gathering”. I wrote a two page story. I was in charge of penciling, inking and lettering it. I did it all. I can’t say I’m completely satisfied with the result, it looks a bit substandard now, but at the moment it was the best I could do with the tight deadlines and all that.
    Rabioso: Director’s Cut - Alejandro Hernández
    Alejandro Hernández

    As you can see, this is my handwriting, and that also includes the title design (“Stains Over Dirty Snow”). I used a lot of shadows and black areas to avoid backgrounds; that was by far the easiest solution at the moment. I couldn’t get the face of the nurse right so I covered that with a caption. I don’t know why, but it took me a couple of years to learn to draw women and even to this day I still feel my women don’t look as good as they should.

    I still managed to include my usual signature, an A mixed with a C, something that is present in every single page I’ve drawn in the past 3 or 4 years. It’s a little detail, always hidden somewhere, but always easy to identify. This little symbol has been inspired by John Cassaday’s signature (in his case a J with a C), and I always have fun trying to hide it in some of my panels. So far, no one has ever discovered where I place my signatures, and that means that most readers don’t pay enough attention or don’t have a good memory. Either way, in this and future pages of my work I’ll let reveal this and other little mysteries. Enjoy!

    Rabioso: Director’s Cut - Alejandro Hernández
    my drawing / mi dibujo

    Ayer jueves se inauguró “Rabioso: Director’s Cut” de Alejandro Hernández (Paranga) en la sala de Ddalo. Debo admitir que en realidad no conocía al artista, pero fue Hugo Alegre quien me animó a darme una vuelta por este espacio barranquino que tanto significa para mí y al que tantas veces he visitado en los últimos diez años.

    Llegué y quedé admirado por la coherencia de la propuesta y por los cuadros extraordinarios que nos remiten no sólo a artistas peruanos como Tola sino a muchos otros de talla internacional. Entre mis obras favoritas está la secuencia de cuadros que muestra la transformación de un ‘paciente cero’, en un inicio es el propio artista quien se retrata de manera ‘normal’ y luego va mutando en los cuadros siguientes hasta convertirse en un monstruo similar al que veríamos en una película de terror. Como comentaba con Pedro Casusol, esta ha sido una de las mejores muestras que hemos visto en Dédalo en los últimos meses.

    Además de conversar con Hugo y Carmen Alegre, también saludé a María Elena Fernández, Eduardo Lores, Gabriel Lores, Sebastián Lores y Mariana Lores. Me quedé conversando con Isabelle Decencière  y Mónica Cuba, quienes presentarán una muestra también en Dédalo el año que viene. También me encontré con Renzo Farje, amigo de la facultad de literatura de la PUCP, y conocí a Jorge Vargas Prado, ambos habían hecho una escala en Dédalo de camino a un recital de poesía. Aunque quise acompañarlos, pudo más mi pasión por los riquísimos chilcanos de pisco Larroca. Pero no me quedé solo, porque al rato llegó Hugo Salazar y nos quedamos hablando hasta pasadas las diez de la noche. 

    Este viernes el punto de encuentro fue en el Centro Colich, hablé con José Medina y con Julio Garay. 

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