RELACJA Z HUMOR AT THE FALLS W BRAZYLII
"Planet Water" cartoon contest in Humor at the Falls Cartoons Exhibition was
held from 26-30 November 2003 in Foz de Iguaz˙, Brasil, just in the three
frontiers of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The invited cartoonists were
staying at a fabulous five stars hotel surrounded by jungle and butterflies,
located very close - a ten minutes ride- from Foš de Iguass˙ (Brasil),
Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay)- just across the
bridge- and very close from the incredibly giant Cataratas del Iguaz˙
Iguaz˙ Waterfalls) shared by Brasil and Argentina.
We had a great time meeting with the most famous and talented Brazilian
cartoonists and comics' authors, as JAL ( ACB-Brazilian Cartoonists
Asociation leader and organizer of the event), Angeli, Maia, Gepp, Santiago,
Henfil, Lailson, Gualberto Costa,Pryscila, Rodrigo Rosa, Laerte, Allan
Sieber, J˘ Oliveira, Ricky Goodwin, Albert PiauÝ, Orlando Pedroso and
Ziraldo. There were also cartoonists invited from another countries like
Tomy from Cuba, Tunda from Uruguay, Carlos Nine and Ana von Rebeur from
Argentina and Gilbert Sheldon (USA) - "Freak Brothers" and "Zap" author - now
living in Paris, France,with is talented wife, a cartoonist and litterary
agent herself, Lora Fountain.
There have been another interesting lectures and workshops, as: "Humor
cinema", "Cartoons Festivals in Brazil"; "How I became a cartoonist" by
Ziraldo, "Alternative fanzines", and " Acadamic Research on Graphic Arts",
given by professors of brazilian Communications School as Valdomiro
Vergueiro and Sonia Luyten( expert in japanese Manga , married to Joseph, a
Dutch expert in "cordel" folk brazilian literature). JAL and Fred ( ACB)
and Ana von Rebeur (FECO Argentina) gave a lecture about Cartoonist
Organizations ( what they do, what they should do ), in which we realised
that we must joint efforts to make bigger things.We met the founders of O
Pasquim, the mythical satirical brazilian magazine that defied censorship
during the Military Government, relaunched again in these times of
democracy. The director of the magazine, Ziraldo , uses his amazing
popularity gained in 50 years of being cartoonist, to speak the importance
of racial tolerance.
The opening ceremony was opened by Rogerio Romario ( organizer) , the State
Governor Roberto Requiao, Foz City Major, and Minister of Torurism who
annouced and gave the awards. Following, Caruso twin brothers
cartoonists┤band - Chico and Pablo-made songs called " musical cartoons" ,
with Bin Laden , president Bush, and all brazilian presidents. Members of
Brazilian Caricaturists Association made caricature of the assistants while
cartoons were projected on the walls . We ended in a climate of comradeship
sharing anecdotes about bossa nova, cemmeteries of the world, macumba
rituals, Turkish cartoons festivals and Fabriano papers, while singing old
songs till 3 in the morning.
We were given T Shirts with the logo of the exhibition ,and the most amazing
thing was that the guest cartoonists were paid for being there.
The exhibition was shown in a huge convention center, with custom made
panels for the ocassion.
They┤ve received ( via e-mail) 2742 works from 72 countries in a record
time of three months in advance .The jury selected 300 cartoons, some
apotheotical, some very funny and some showing overwhelming compassion.
The Jury decided to award the ones who would give the most sinthetic idea
of water as a precious element that should be saved and taken care of . The
selected participants will get a catalogue with 25 selected cartoons.
Under the motto " Where there is humor , there isn┤t terror" - imagined by
celebrated cartoonist Ziraldo - it was clear that the goal of the exhibition
is to change the image of the region ,suspected of having a neglectful
customs system that overlooks explosives smuggling from the duty free city
of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, just across the bridge.
Anyway, Iguaz˙ Falls is one of the strongest turistic attractions in South
America , and this magnificent exhibition is a perfect excuse to visit such
a fantastic place .
The idea of using a humor festival as a touristic magnet or for promotion
of a certain region is a one that should be followed everywhere.
We were shown around, and we strolled inside the Birds Park (Parque das
Aves) a giant aviary of birds from all the world, and with "tucanes" who
like to undo your shoes┤ laces. We also had a Light and Sound night show at
giant Itaip˙ Dam on Paranß river.
We were amazed at the view if the Iguaz˙ Falls , and we had lunch in a
restaurant in the bank of Iguaz˙ river, from where we left, one by one, to
the airport, hoping that the promise made by the Minister of Tourism will
be fulfilled : that this cartoons contest will be part of the provincial
annual touristic shedule .We got a lot of attention of the media, and the
event was in the cover of regional newspapersand by several TV channels. We
are eager to be there again next year. And , fellows , keep in mind that is
one of the few festivals in which you send your works by e-mail ( no post
expenses) and in which you get rich prizes!
The winners are :
1- Yurij Ochacovsky - Israel (Russian) $ 10000
2- Santiago - Brasil $ 5000
3- Turcios - Spain (Colombian) $ 3000
4- Flßvio Luiz - Brasil $ 1500
5- Rucke - Brasil $ 500
Congratulations to them all, and please put a "Five hearts/ five smiling
faces" rate in our list of international cartoon.
The first prize shows a strong image of a brown dry round world with a water
well on top of it. a man peeping inside . On the bottom, you see a bucket
hanging from a rope, like ita has went all through the other side of the
world looking for water in vain.
Second prize shows a lamb trying to drink from a stream in a wood , while a
war tank with a menacing wolf inside points at it . ( Santiago did a better
work of Moses diving the Red Sea hurrying up a woman who is delayed in the
middle of the path happily picking up shells from the floor)
The were lots of lifesavers, Noahs arks, water drops, piggy banks with water
( one was winner) , fishes with gas masks, and fishes trying to drink the
last drop from a bottle of mineral water falling from a river. Ther was a
good cartoon of delirious Luigi Rocco ( Sao Paulo , Brasil ) work of an
indian chief re- reading with a puzzled expression " Hot to make rain in 10
classes", surrounded by indian killed by a rain of Victorinox flickknives.
Or the beautiful raindrops with bar code by Heringer of Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Once again, cartoonists from all the world agreed that the biggest obstacle
in developing our art is that it is not yet considered art , or part of the
culture of one┤s country. There fores, they have top workd on anything else
to live, beacuse they cannot malke a living on cartoons ( except in cases as
Xiraldo, who togeteher with two other cartoonists sold 20 million public
school textbooks in the last years) .This results on the forced exile of
thousand of cartoonists from their native countries to countries where
cratoons are considered an arte, and payed likewise, as are France, Italy
and Spain. Together, we will work to give cartoons the cultural place it