Cartoonist Enrique Ventura, key Spanish comedian artist, dies at 78 | Culture | EUROtoday

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The cartoonist Enrique Ventura, thought-about one of many elementary names within the historical past of Spanish comics and creator of works similar to Groaning within the desertdied right now, Monday, on the age of 78, as confirmed by the Evolution-Cómics publishing home, from the Panini label, on the social community X. The artist was additionally identified for his work for many years within the satirical journal Thursday and for the vignettes filled with humor and experimentation that he made along with his cousin, the late Miguel Ángel Nieto. Dozens of cartoonists similar to David Rubín, Cels Piñol or Juanjo Cuerda paid tribute to the creator in X as one of many sector's leaders.

Since its beginnings in publications similar to windlass, Crack o The Papus, Ventura regularly grew to become a reference for the ninth artwork in Spain, each for an irony that always bordered on surrealism, and for the fixed seek for innovation within the narration and illustration of his works. In addition to Grouñidos within the Desert —starring Groucho Marx and launched in 1979—, They go like loopy, Maremagnum, Indecent hysterias on TV o Smiles They additionally stay within the reminiscence of 1000’s of comedian followers and as examples of the expertise of the Ventura-Nieto duo. All since, after abandoning college research, they each launched, in 1971, the comedian Sam bit it there.

His works traveled to different international locations, from Italy to France, passing by way of Romania. And his thirst for experimentation led them to additionally contact different disciplines: cinema, animation, literature or video video games. And since 1997, two years after Nieto's loss of life, Ventura additionally started drawing cartoons for the newspaper The vanguard. That identical yr obtained the Grand Jury Prize on the Barcelona Comic Fair.

“The comic is a means of expression that is half passing into history. Soon the comic artist will find himself in some museum,” the creator famous in an interview with this newspaper in 2004. “Right now comics only work among older people. Kids prefer to spend money on a video. Let's not fool ourselves. We read comics because there was almost no cinema or television and they were cheap,” he added, in a prophecy that has been half fulfilled. What does stay is the precariousness that Ventura already denounced then: “We have to revive this world in some way, because today 80 or 90% of our colleagues are having a bad time: they have had to go into advertising or do anything else.” one other factor”.

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