Marcello Quintanilha is a Brazilian cartoonist/comics-maker/graphic-novelist working in Europe. With a career now entering its foruth decade, Quintanilha has developed an assured, original style that is employed to full effect here in the pages of Listen, Beautiful Marcia. Saturated tropical colors combine with clear concise delineations to convey the dramatic details as well as the emotional register of this complex, multi-layered saga that centers on a mother and her adult child in Rio. This 128 page, full color graphic novel was originally published by Ca et La in France, and went on to win the 2022 Angouleme Prize for best original album. It is has now been very ably translated – with nuance intact – into English by Andrea Rosenberg, and published here in the States by Fantagraphics, in a nice, sturdy, embossed, oversize hardcover edition.
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