Alfonso Zapico, a skinny, shy and socialdemocrat (as he describes himself) Spanish northener from the lands of Asturias has just been awarded with the Spanish national comic award for his “Dublinés”.
The award is more about about the buzz than the monetary part (which isn’t bad in itself … 20.000€) and reinforces the figure of Alfonso as one of the most talented artists in the current European comic panorama. 2 years ago he won the “new artist” award category @ Barcelona’s Comic Salón and this new mention should certainly open many doors for him.
Dublinés is not the graphic adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners but more of an exploratory tale trying to understand how and why James got to write his works. You’ll get to dive into Joyce’s life, his conversations, adventures and moments of sadness.
“Not another graphic biography”… as Alfonso is willing to portrait the author in the most intimate way underlining his influence on various vanguard movements. He had previously published Joyce’s route, a comic about his voyages around Europe when investigating on Joyce’s life and which he used as a preparatory work for “Dublinés”.