The illustrator who fascinated George Lucas

The Horror and Fantasy Film Week opens the exhibition ‘Euskadi Fantastikoa XVI’, dedicated to the Biscayan illustrator Sarima, an author who was lucky enough to have the director of ‘Star Wars’ select one of her drawings.

QThe creator of one of the most important fantasy sagas in history noticing your work is no small feat. But that is what happened to the Biscayan illustrator Marisa López, who signs with the artistic name of Sarima. Not surprisingly, the filmmaker George Lucas, responsible for Star Wars, looked at the work of this author, specifically her illustration The Counselour, collected in his book Moonlight: Magic Fables, and later exhibited on the website of the museum that Lucas has in Chicago.

Sarima is the guest artist in the 16th edition of Fantastic Basque Country, an exhibition organized by the Horror and Fantasy Film Week that seeks to showcase Basque talent who imagines fantasy worlds with their brushes and which was presented yesterday at the Victoria Eugenia Club room. The exhibition can be visited until November 13 at the Central Library of Donostia, at which time it will make the leap to the CBA in Irun, from November 23 to December 9.

Jorge Madejón has been in charge of curating Fantastic Basque Country XVI and among the works selected for the exhibition is, of course, The Counselour. Sarima, originally from Bilbao, is a digital illustrator, graphic designer and teacher; he is dedicated, above all, to editorial illustration and his fantasy worlds include beings from Basque mythology, as well as elves, witches, fairies, fauns, sorcerers and warriors, among other magical creatures. She has also been the art director of the magazine Imaginary and has designed characters for video games. “What impresses me the most is how she brings her characters to life,” explained Madejón, who highlighted the “realistic” character of the Bilbao’s works, a “reference within fantasy” that has won awards such as the Illustration of Mallorca Fantástica.

Around thirty illustrations by the artist are shown in the exhibition. The installation presents a tour of his work through different rooms and opens, precisely, with the most representative of his career. In this place, for example, the work Raven, a work “with a beautiful character” that they considered using as a poster. In turn, some of the illustrations created for the novel are exhibited The son of the traitor, by Pedro Urvi; and of course, The Counselor. “It is an illustration that fits into the universe of George Lucas,” said the curator.

After this introductory area, another dedicated to Moonlight: Magic Fables, a book as well as illustrated, also written by Sarima, edited by Dibbuks in 2011 and which focuses on various mythologies, including the Basque one.

Likewise, there is also an area dedicated to the work he has done with Urvi, a writer of fantastic literature who is gaining weight. In fact, the English translation of the aforementioned The son of the traitor, first part of the saga The Path of the Ranger, is giving many joy to its creators because it is among the first numbers in book sales on Amazon. “Sarima’s work is gaining great relevance with it,” said the commissioner.

The last section of Fantastic Basque Country XVI is dedicated to miscellany, that is, it is a space where you can find both his work as a cover for magazines and books.


Chronic rivalries | Criticism When the ball goes away

Often when furious fan The ball usually goes to him in the most exciting games. They tend to coincide with derbies, those that are played in the city itself, where football colors demarcate affections, drives, ways of being. For the movie The Secret in Their Eyes of Juan Jose Campanella we learned how to hunt down the rapist and murderer of an unfortunate young woman thanks to the unshakable faith that soccer arouses. You can change your life, you can get divorced, become a teetotaler, or worse; You can even change your sex and go from being Aurelio to being called Vanesa María. But what he will never do is change teams. That never.

We don’t like to resort to Eduardo Galeano, so much of the taste of leftism sport, in football matters. But we cannot resist writing the phrase of the Uruguayan who opens this book: “And I am left with that irremediable melancholy that we all feel after love and at the end of the game“. That of love is left to the taste of the consumer after the marriage. But it is true that there is the black bile of football. Finish a game, especially a derby, and win or lose your team beats one the palliative nostalgia that dissolves defeat or achieves the melancholy of victory and what it brings of remembrance towards the warm fire of yours (those who are and those who are missing).

The multipurpose journalist Jordi Brescó gathers in Chronic rivalries ten pieces dedicated to ten European derbies that run through Genoa, Prague, Belfast, Glasgow, Istanbul, Hamburg, Belgrade, Sheffield, Nicosia and Stockholm. They are not exceptional derbies, except for the classic Celtic-Rangers, Genoa-Sampdoria or the fiery Fenerbahçe-Galatasaray and Red Star-Partizan from Belgrade.

Brescó has written rather a free, between sports and traveler. The reader will travel to the city on duty through the hot landscape and the fiery peasantry that derbies provoke on the urban animal’s skin. In Genoa, opposite Sampdoria (the team of modernity, fashion and even the young), Genoa offers the pride of being the oldest team in Italy. More than being interested in Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, of this English city, a paradigm of ordinary people and of the industrial depression (reflected in the film The Full Monty), what has interested us to know is that the primitive foot-ball had its cradle here and that also here is the oldest football field in the world: the Sandygate Road.

In Prague, the Slavic tradition of Slavia is opposed to the so-called Spartak Spartans. From Belfast we were completely unaware of the vivid duel between the Protestant teams of the Linfield and the Glentoran (the Cliftonvile is here the timid representative of Catholicism). However, Belfast is nothing more than the little soul branch of one of the most outstanding derbies in the world, the so-called Old Firm, between Celtic Glasgow and Rangers. We knew from references to the modest FC Sankt Pauli, associated with anti-fascism and anti-racism. It has many ideological brotherhoods outside the city-state named after the great opposing team: Hamburg. It is in fact the club that attracts the most fans and the one that has never been relegated in the Bundesliga. But 2018 marked the year of disgrace and Hamburg went down.

In Stockholm, in the so-called “twins derby”, the unpronounceable AIK and DIF compete for being the team that was founded earlier in the same year 1891. For their part, in Cyprus, the rivalry between Omonia and Apoel is resolved in Nicosia, the only European capital literally divided by the green line that delimits the Greek Cypriot country from the Northern Republic of Turkey. Omonia is a split from Apoel that occurred when the players of the first they refused to condemn the communists in the Greek civil war. That is why the Omonia shelters the radical left and the Apoel (acronym for the Athletic Football Club of the Greeks of Nicosia) is associated with fascist and anti-Turks. In turn, Omonia 1948 would be born from another split from historical Omonia, which the pure splinters reproached for its commercialization.

Other derbies already mentioned are part of the charm of the roars in the stands and their telluric impulses. The “eternal derby” between Red Star and Partizan Belgrade does not distinguish too much, basically, their most radical fans. Both of them They are Serbian ultranationalists and homophobes. Both were founded by Tito’s partisans and both have been closely associated with the military and provost of the former Yugoslavia. Finally, of the “intercontinental derby” in Istanbul between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, we will say that here it is also decided which rebirth reaches more over Europe and Asia in each of its stadiums. Curiously, in Istanbul the record is held by the followers of Besiktas and their anti-government Janissaries grouped in the Çarsi rock: in 2007 they reached the supersonic 192 decibels.


The voices of princes George, Charlotte and Louis melt the networks – Eme – 05/10/2020

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In the midst of the turbulence that the British royal family for the scandals caused by two of its most striking members, the prince Andrew, Son of the Queen isabel II, just like him Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the three heirs of the Prince William and the Duchess Kate of Cambridge to show the world the human, tender and familiar side of the English monarchy.

On the morning of this Saturday, October 3, the official account of the kensington palace shared a video that lasts approximately two and a half minutes, in which for the first time the voice of George, Charlotte and Louis together.

The reason for the video was so that the three children of the Dukes of Cambridge they would each ask the scientist a question David Attenborough, whom children admire for his work with nature and scientific dissemination on television, making him one of the best known characters in the world for his activities. In fact, this recording was produced during the recent visit of David to section Anmer Hall of Kensington Palace, which is inhabited by the family since 2011.

The arrival of his idol to his own home made the princes very happy, a moment that was recorded in a snapshot that days later was shared on Instagram, on that visit, David went to present exclusively to the dukes and his children his new documentary “A life on Our Planet”. However, they also performed the dynamic that is disclosed so far, in which the Prince George he asked “What animal do you think will be the next to go extinct?” what Attenborough He responded that he hopes that none of them will and invited them to defend the care of nature.

For her part, the only girl of the heirs, Charlottehe told David that his favorite animals were spiders so he wanted to know if he liked them, so DavidHe effusively answered yes and explained why they were necessary for the animal world. Finally, it was the turn of the youngest of princes, Louis, who, grabbing the leaves of a bush and with a tender voice, asked Attenborough “What animal do you like?”, To which the scientist bluntly told him that monkeys were fun for him.

This video is the first in which the three heirs to the throne of the United Kingdom participate, so in less than five hours since it was published, it reached more than three million views. As to David Attenborough, unseated Jennifer Aniston as the person to reach the million followers fastest in Instagram after opening your account, which occurred on September 24, 2020.