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Virus tropical / Powerpaola ; translated by Jamie Richards.
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ISBN:
9781937541231
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : 2dcloud, 2016.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Spanish by La Editorial Común.
Abstract:
Powerpaola's Virus Tropical uses a series of vignettes to transform the simplicity of middle-class family life into a thought-provoking narrative that would have been inconceivable prior to Colombia's sexual revolution. Focusing on the lives of a family of women in the eighties through the nineties, Powerpaola's tale highlights the excitement, danger, and struggles of a country in the midst of radical change.
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Powerpaola's North American debut traces the lives of young women during Columbia's violent drug cartel warfare era of the 1980's-90's.

"Powerpaola has a gift for expressing an entire world with a thin black line, building up textures and details that are a joy to get lost in. In Virus Tropical , her memories of a unique family life are so vividly portrayed that you feel like you are living through all the laughter, joy, tears and door-slamming right along with her. It's a treat of a book."-- Sarah Glidden , author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Powerpaola's Virus Tropical uses a series of vignettes to transform the simplicity of middle-class family life into a thought-provoking narrative that would have been inconceivable prior to Colombia's sexual revolution. Focusing on the lives of a family of women in the eighties through the nineties, Powerpaola's tale highlights the excitement, danger, and struggles of a country in the midst of radical change.

Powerpaola was born in 1977 in Quito, Ecuador, and, at a young age, moved to Cali, Colombia. Years later, she and her friends founded a collective space of expression, Taller 7, in Medellin and was granted a scholarship to develop her art in La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she adopted the name Powerpaola. She is currently working on an animated adaptation of Virus Tropical and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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Powerpaola was born in 1977 in Quito, Ecuador, and, at a young age, moved to Cali, Colombia. Years later, she and her friends founded a collective space of expression, Taller 7, in Medellin and was granted a scholarship to develop her art in La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she adopted the name Powerpaola. She is currently working on an animated adaptation of Virus Tropical and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Powerpaola's family is a frayed patchwork of tension and love in this debut from the Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist. The members steal one another's chocolate, move to Colombia from Ecuador, pierce their ears, and sob along to telenovelas. Passive-aggression runs rampant, a simmering stew of squabbles and endearments. This is all well-trod ground, as far as autobiographical comics go, but the details ring true, and this heartfelt honesty enlivens every page. The sisters are snotty, the mothers are overbearing, the fathers are foolish, but isn't that messiness the very meaning of family? Visually, Paola delights in contrast: areas of heavy texture (hair, floorboards, fabric) are set against empty, open shapes. This gives the book a wonderfully worn-in appearance, reminiscent of Jennifer Hayden's recent and similarly successful autobiographical comic, The Story of My Tits. Though it could use a little pruning, this is a fond look at family and friendship that benefits from keeping both of its feet firmly planted on the ground. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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