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About the Festival

The Amadora BD – Amadora International Comic Festival is the main event on the Portuguese scene for comic lovers and is one of the most important events devoted to the so-called ninth art on the European level.

Its aims include the promoting of comic art and the other arts related to it (cartoon art, illustration and animated cinema, among others); the promoting of reading, particularly comics; the divulging of information about authors and works in Portuguese and international comic art; and establishing itself as a platform for reflecting upon, debating and developing activities connected to the universe of comic art.

Although it has activities in several different points throughout the city, the nucleus of the central programming of Amadora BD is held at the Forum Luís de Camões building, occupying about 4,000 m2, in a broad and democratic approach to the universe of comic art (specialists, enthusiasts, interested public and those who study the field). This space includes several different exhibition areas, devoted to workshops, conferences, debates, autograph sessions and a book fair with programming devoted to book launches and the promoting of the publishing market, among other parallel activities aimed at all ages: children, young people, adults and families.

In the most well-attended festival of comic art in Portugal it is thus possible to mix with authors and professionals of several different nationalities, visit Exhibitions, attend debates, launches and film projections, buy albums and have them autographed and participated in many other activities related to the comic strip.

Organization: Câmara Municipal da Amadora (Amadora Municipal Council)
Theme: Space, time and comics
Date: October 21 to November 6
Featured Author: Marco Mendes

21 oct
6 nov
Amadora BD 2016

Theme: Space, time and comics

Luís de Camões Forum

Central Nucleus of Exhibitions

Venues

  • Luís de Camões Forum

    Rua Luís Vaz de Camões (Brandoa)
    2650-197 Amadora
    Festival Reception: (351) 214 948 642

    Sun to Thu 10am-9pm / Fri and Sat 10am-11pm
    (open on public holidays)

    Exhibitions:
    • Space, time and comics
    • Lucky Luke, 70th Anniversary
    • Zombie, by Marco Mendes
    • Democracy, by Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa
    • Tex and Comics, by Pasquale Frisenda
    • National Competitions for Comics and Cartoon Art
    • Municipal Competition for Comics and Illustration
    • Portuguese Publishing Year

    Award-winners from 2015:
    • Crumbs authors' collective
    • Pappa in Africa, by Anton Kannemeyer
    • No One gets past Here, by Bernardo Carvalho
    • The Time of the Giant, by Carmen Chica and Manuel Marsol
    • Erzsébet, by Nunsky
    • Volta – The Secret of the Valley of Shadows, by André Oliveira and André Caetano
    • Loki – Agent of Asgard #6, by Al Ewing and Jorge Coelho

    Bedeteca

    Fernando Piteira Santos Municipal Library – Gallery Floor 2
    Av. Conde Castro Guimarães, nº 6 (Venteira)
    2720-119 Amadora
    (351) 214 369 054

    Tue to Fri 10am-6pm / Sat 10am-12:30am + 1:30pm-6pm
    (open on public holidays)

    Exhibition:
    • Fierce Transparencies: Underground Comix, Glenn Bray’s Collection

    Roque Gameiro House

    Praceta 1º Dezembro 2
    2700-668 Venteira (Amadora)
    (351) 214 369 058

    Tue to Sat 10am – 12:30am, 2pm – 5:30pm
    Sun 2pm – 5:30pm
    (open on public holidays)

    Exhibitions:
    • Limits of the Landscape
    • Surface of the Water: Helena Roque Gameiro (1895-1986)

  • Aprígio Gomes House

    Artur Bual Gallery
    Rua Luís de Camões nº 2 (Venteira)
    2701-535 Amadora

    Tue to Sun 10 am–6pm
    (open on public holidays)

    Exhibition:
    • Rico Sequeira's Private Comic Book Collection

    Casa da Cerca

    Contemporary Art Centre
    Rua da Cerca
    2800-050 Almada
    (351) 212 724 950

    Tue to Fri 10am-6pm / Sat and Sun 1pm-6pm
    (closed on public holidays)

    Exhibition:
    • 10x10, by Richard Câmara

Getting Here

Getting Here

Exhibitions Program

Luís de Camões Forum

Central Nucleus of Exhibitions
Rua Luís Vaz de Camões (Brandoa) 2650-197 Amadora
Festival Reception: (351) 214 948 642

Sun to Thu 10am-9pm / Fri and Sat 10am-11pm
(open on public holidays)

Exhibitions:

Central Exhibition: Space, time and comics

Exhibition Central
Curator: Eduardo Côrte-Real (IADE), Susana Oliveira (FA.UL) and José Neves
Scenography: Henrique Ralheta, Paula Dona and Aprígio Morgado

This exhibition aims to explore the evolution of Space and Time notions in Comics, as conceptual system, organizing them into three categories, which correspond to periods of a certain constancy in the existential paradigms: Classicism (Aristotle and Euclid); Modernism (Newton and Monk); and Contemporary (Einstein and Heisenberg); showing us its relation with other arts; especially with architecture, where there is a primacy of Space, with the drawings, plans, models and buildings; and Cinema, where there is a primacy of Time with the projection time of the movie establishing the time of the narrative.

Lucky Luke, 70th Anniversary

Curator: Pedro Mota
Scenography: Sofia Mota and Carlos Farinha

Amadora BD, in association with the Clube Português de Banda Desenhada (Portuguese Comics Club), joined in the celebrations of the seventieth anniversary of Lucky Luke, given that Morris was the first international guest invited to Amadora BD (at the first holding of the event in 1990) and consequently was of decisive importance in the internationalisation and credibilisation of the event.
He returned to the festival in 1992, the year when he was awarded the Honour Trophy, the highest distinction in the world of Portuguese comics. The anniversary is also marked by the world launch of a new adventure for Lucky Luke, “The Promised Land”, written by Achdé and Jul.

Featured Author: Zombie by Marco Mendes

Best Portuguese Album (ed. Turbina/Mundo Fantasma)
Scenography: Teresa Cardoso and João Nogueira

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album; contextualisation of the work; different creative processes; other artistic works besides comics; information about the author, Marco Mendes, who is based in Oporto and has worked in the autobiographical field in a unique manner.
Zombie is his first long narrative, a story that accompanies the protagonist's familial episodes, calling on the present and memories, and describes a certain urban life marked out by aimless wanderings, by precariousness (also in the field of work, a subject that is very present in this narrative), by a reflection on the society and community we are building or seeing built.

Democracy
by Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa

(Ed. Bertrand)
Scenography: David Rosado

Exhibition on the album “Democracia” (“Democracy”), which tells a captivating story about the origins of democracy based on classical historical sources -- and which has a lot to tell us about its future.
Alecos Papadatos and Annie DiDonna are responsible for the book Logicomix, the global bestseller that told the story of Bertrand Russell, at the same time casting light on a considerable part of the history of Mathematics and Philosophy. Now, along with Abraham Kawa, they have written this long narrative about the creation of the democratic system in an Athens dominated by corruption 2,500 years ago. Democracy, the heritage from which we descend, is here told with precision, bearing in mind the urgency of not allowing it to disappear.

Tex and Comics by Pasquale Frisenda

(Polvo Editora)
Scenography: Rui Mecha

Pasquale Frisenda (Milan, 1970) is a renowned illustrator and comic artist for the Sergio Bonelli publishing house (Italy) and who worked on “Ken Parker” and then “Magico Vento”.
In 2009, with a script by Mauro Boselli, he produces that which is considered to be his masterpiece to date, “Patagonia”, an adventure with the ranger Tex, to which he will return in 2013 with “The Secret of Judge Bean”. The fantastic work “Blood and Ice”, 2016, is his most recent work. “Patagónia” and “O segredo do juiz Bean” are published in Portugal by Polvo editions.

National Competitions for Comics and Cartoon Art
Municipal Competition for Comics and Illustration

The Municipal Competition for Comics and Illustration, which is open every year to students at the Amadora primary and secondary schools up to the ninth grade, as well as the National Competitions of Comics and Cartoon Art, are promoted by the Amadora Municipal Council and, this year, in a partnership with “Infraestruturas de Portugal” S.A. company.
Within the scope of this partnership the subject chosen for these competitions were the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of the Lisbon 25th of April Bridge over the River Tagus. As always, the works are on display at the Forum Luís de Camões.

Portuguese Publishing Year

Curators: Luis Salvado and Sandy Gageiro
Scenography: Ana Taipas and Susana Vicente

A few years ago no one would have been able to foresee such a development. Despite the crisis that has affected all areas of Portuguese life, the publishing of comics in Portugal has never witnessed a period of such intense activity. Over two hundred books were published between August 2015 and July 2016, added to by the publishing of many dozens of magazines and fanzines.
Just as was the case at the last edition, Amadora BD is presenting the main tendencies of the last publishing year, and is also casting a glance at what Portuguese authors are doing on the international market. Always with the main aim at the forefront of the exhibition: books for the visitor to read and enjoy.

Crumbs authors' collective (Kingpin Books)

Best Album by a Portuguese Author in a Forign Language
Scenography: Susana Lanceiro and Joana Bartolomeu

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album; contextualisation of the work; different creative processes; other artistic works besides comics; information about the authors.
This small unusual-format pocket edition brings together short stories by nineteen authors from among the extremely recent generation and by authors who have already published in book form. Crumbs is completely in English and was designed as a portable showcase for Portuguese comics at international fairs, and is the result of a broad view that shows the wealth of registers, the plurality of lines and voices and the intensity of a creation that is not confined to schools or uniform movements.

Pappa In Africa by Anton Kannemeyer

Best Album by a Foreign Author (Ed. MMMNNNRRRG)
Scenography: Rui Horta Pereira

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album; contextualisation of the work; different creative processes; other artistic works besides comics; information about the author.
This collection brings together short stories published in the magazine Bitterkomix, all of which drive the reading to a harsh but essential analysis of the way we relate to each other and the role that power takes on in those relationships.

Daqui Ninguém Passa
[No One gets past Here]
by Bernardo Carvalho

Best children's book illustration - portuguese author (ed. Planeta Tangerina)
Scenography: Ana Taipas and Susana Vicente

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album; contextualisation of the work; different creative processes; other artistic works besides comics; information about the author.
The Planeta Tangerina publishing house has stood out as publishers, but also as a pole that creates books in which the image has an essential role. Its publishers are also the authors of almost all the works it publishes, and Bernardo Carvalho, an illustrator, has already worked on a considerable list of solo publications. Daqui Ninguém Passa is an album in which the narrative grows as one turns the pages, a truly interactive book without the need for a screen.

O Tempo do Gigante [The Time of the Giant]
by Carmen Chica and Manuel Marsol

Best Children's Book Illustration -- foreign author (Ed. Orfeu Negro)
Scenography: Catarina Pé-Curto

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album; contextualisation of the work; different creative processes; other artistic works besides comics; information about the author.
The Spanish illustrator Manuel Marsol has a vast, award-winning production and a particular leaning towards working from (or simultaneously with) major texts, some of which are a part of the canon of universal literature, such as Moby Dick. With a text by Carmen Chica, and with pictures by Marsol occupying the whole of the large-size pages, this is an album about time and the way we relate to it, often being distracted by the illusion of the future.

Erzsébet by Nunsky

Best Drawing for a Portuguese Album (Ed. Chili with Carne)

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album and information about the author. Erzsébet marks the return of Nunsky, a Portuguese author whose biography is little known, thus stimulating the urban myth about his creative existence. In the nineteen nineties his stories left a mark in Portuguese publishing, particularly in the field we call independent, but it is a long time since he published a work of his own. With this book, a story based on the Countess Ecsedi Báthori Erzsébet – a Hungarian noblewoman from the seventeenth century – Nunsky made a mark on the Portuguese comic publishing year.

Volta – o Segredo do Vale das Sombras,
[The Secret of the Valley of Shadows]
by André Oliveira and André Caetano

Best Script for a Portuguese Album (Polvo Editora)
Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album and information about the author.

André Oliveira has written scripts for dozens of comic artists, standing out as a prolific author in an area, that of writing scripts, that is so often short of experts. He is involved in several publishing projects and has been a tireless dynamic influence of the Portuguese comics scene, almost always working in partnership.
The drawing is by André Caetano, and Volta explores memory and redemption in an atmosphere crossed through by mystery, by contrast between the rural and the urban and by suspense.

Loki – Agent of Asgard #6,
by Al Ewing and Jorge Coelho

Best Foreign Album by a Portuguese Author (Ed. Marvel)
Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album and information about the author.

Retrospective exhibition: creative process for the album and information about the author. Jorge Coelho is one of the Portuguese comic artists who have been achieving recognised success working for the giant US comic industry.
With this episode of Loki – Agent of Asgard, he took advantage of the representation of a villain in order to accentuate some of the lines that characterise his work, insisting on the expressive blacks and on the dark images, always confirming the reason why he continues to have success on such a complex market.

Bedeteca

Municipal Library Fernando Piteira Santos — Floor Gallery 2
Av. Conde Castro Guimarães nº6 (Venteira) 2720-119 Amadora
T: (351) 214 369 054

Tue to Fri 10am-6pm / Sat 10am-12:30am + 1:30pm-6pm
(open on public holidays)

Exhibition:

Fierce Transparencies: Underground Comix, Glenn Bray’s Collection

Curator: Pedro Moura
Scenography: Carlos Farinha
On view until december 10, 2016

On view until december 10, 2016 Exhibition of the magnificent private collection owned by Glenn Brey, who was a witness to and a driving force in the underground comix movement, and which includes works from a whole generation of authors. This exhibition presents some of the original art from one of the most important chapters of the history of modern United States comic book art and which would be decisive in the social transformations of this art in America as well as being influential internationally.
The exhibition contains works by Bill Griffith, Bobby London, Gilbert Sheldon, Jay Lynch, Jim Osborne, Justin Green, Kim Deitch, Manuel Spain Rodriguez, Rick Griffin, Robert Crumb, Ron Cobb, Rory Hayes and S. Clay Wilson, showing some of the publications of the time, anthologies and retrospectives, as well as Portuguese titles that published some of these works.

Aprígio Gomes House

Artur Bual Gallery
Rua Luís de Camões nº2 (Venteira) 2701-535 Amadora
T: (351) 214 369 059

Tue to Sun 10 am–6pm
(open on public holidays)

Exhibition:

Rico Sequeira's Private Comic Book Collection

For the visual artist Rico Sequeira being a collector is a way of being in his art. He collects, among other things, original comic book drawings that were a part of several of his projects and served as inspiration for him. This exhibition presents his private comic book collection, which includes original plates from the twentieth century by several different American and European authors.
Tio Patinhas, Flash Gordon, Felix the Cat, Batman, Anita Diminuta and Superman are some of the names present here. At the exhibition there will also be the presenting of some sculptures of his from the series "onomatopeias" (onomatopoeia), works which cross through the universes of comic books, graphics and sculpture.

Roque Gameiro House

Praceta 1º Dezembro nº2 (Venteira) 2700-668 Amadora
T: (351) 214 369 058

(open on public holidays)
Tue to Sat 10am – 12:30am, 2pm – 5:30pm
Sun 2pm – 5:30pm

Exhibition:

Limites da Paisagem [Limits of The Landscape]

On view until December 11, 2016

This exhibition carried out within the scope of the Triennial of Architecture, takes its starting point from the dimension of the landscape in the practice of architecture, and results from a call for proposals to architecture studios with project practice and works carried out.
Participating in it are the architects Manon Mollard, Nuno Cera and the Plan Común Studio.

Flor de Água (Surface of the Water)

By Helena Roque Gameiro (1895-1986) – Aguarela and Artes Aplicadas
(Watercolour and Applied Arts) Helena Roque Gameiro
(1895-1986) On view until February 26, 2017

This exhibition presents for the first time a retrospective view of the work of the painter Helena Roque Gameiro, not only as a watercolour artist, but also as a master teacher for several different generations. It is organised over five different nucleuses, and we intend to study her and identify her as a person and as an artist. We know, however, that this is only an approach.
How did you see her? And now how do we see her?

Casa da Cerca

Contemporary Art Centre
Rua da Cerca 2800-050 Almada
T: (351) 212 724 950

Tue to Fri 10am-6pm / Sat and Sun 1pm-6pm
(closed on public holidays)

Exhibition:

10x10, By Richard Câmara

On view until January 17, 2017

A sixteenth-century literary work inspires a classic comic book from the twentieth century, which in turn gives rise to an exhibition project that questions it in the twenty-first century. Richard Câmara explores visual memory in order to evoke or negate the narrative nature of images, taking inspiration from the adaptation of the Portuguese epic Os Lusíadas, drawn by José Ruy, and published in the mid nineteen eighties, in order to carry out 10x10.
Its timeless, colourist and abstracting nature invites one to rediscover this and other narrative sequences, in an endless combination of drawings projected on slides with no predetermined order.

Tickets

    • 3 Euros

    • • Public

    • 2 Euros

    • • Residents in Amadora

    • • Students

    • • Youth card holders

    • • Seniores (+65)

    • Free

    • • Under 12

    • • Schools and social solidarity institutions of the city of Amadora

    • • Press and Comics professionals (duly accredited)

    • • Workers of Amadora Municipal Council

    • 10 Euros

    • • Pass (every day)

21 oct
6 nov
Amadora BD 2016

Featured Author: Marco Mendes

Luís de Camões Forum

Central Nucleus of Exhibitions

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Central Nucleus of Exhibitions

Luís de Camões Forum
Rua Luís Vaz de Camões (Brandoa) 2650-197 Amadora
(351) 214 948 642


Sun to Thu 10am-9pm / Fri and Sat 10am-11pm
(open on public holidays)