It was the prize for the wait. The seventh volume of “Captain Culin fried rasher of bacon” (or simply Capital Torrezno in his original form) came out last December after 4 years awaiting the evolution of that miserable & alcoholic bloke. And exactly one year after, the Spanish Ministry of culture has awarded its author Santiago Valenzuela, with the National Comic award (basically 20.000 € woho!).
The Microworld is getting bigger and “Plaza Eliptica” could be conceived as a turning point in the series Santiago extensively developed from 2003-2006 (although it first appeared in the 1992 Jarabe Fanzine), more of a summary or a late prelude that tries to answer all those doubts left throughout the previous numbers. A perfect way for newbies to enter the acid world of Capital Torrezno and for experts to recap and get excited as the Basque writer has promised to deliver more in the coming months….
An award which comes to recognize one of the most prolific series from the European comic scene from the past decade which has been criticized many times for being too complex and giving too much importance to the dialogues, but this is Valenzuela’s style, so if you are to read it, take your time, there’s a lot going on in this civil servant’s underground cosmos.