Violeta – Corazon Maldito, the voice of the Chile | Review


Published on Oct 17, 2017


Play the steps that run between the streets of the villages in the chilean, they play the pennies that fall in front of a child prodigy with the guitar, playing the strings of the chilean in the History of the first world war, he plays a comic in warm colours.

The first work of the pair Virginia Tonfoni (texts) and Alessio Spataro (drawings) joust between the biography comic book and romantic story. In the end, the life of Violeta Parra is a beautiful story of tradition and revolution at the same time. Published by Bao Publishing, Violeta – Corazon Maltido is the story of a woman who has picked up the musical folklore of a people, chile's, that got lost after the contamination of the Spanish culture. A singer-songwriter who has never bowed the head in front of anyone, going as far as to install an exhibition of his tapestries and other works at the museum of the Louvre in 1964.

The volume of 136 pages, was published on the occasion of the centenary of his birth (October 4, 2017), thus recalling a chilean artist rediscovered too late.

Violeta opens with the story of his childhood, when together with his nine brothers dabbled between petty theft and songs for the road to be able to bring home some money. The small grows, until it reaches his brother, Nicanor Santiago, and from there began to perform in the premises, together with his sister Hilda. There he came to know a man that you love, Luis...

Virginia Tonfoni demonstrates a deep knowledge of the character of Violeta, so as to be able to turn it into a woman so detestable as sweet, depending on the time of the narrative. The family of Violeta, as well as her children and her husbands, make it stand out even more as a character perpetually active. Tonfoni, however, has decided not to speak at all to the music of Violeta, but wants to give voices to his actions, his travels, his thoughts. Every single corner of Santiago, Lautaro, and Chillàn (the town where the protagonist lived) moves and dance, but without any background sound. In over 130 pages, there are onomatopoeia, but only words. To accompany the whole, at the end of each chapter there is an extract of about four rhyming sentences drawn from his best-known songs, which close, as a song at sunset, a piece of the history of the singer-songwriter.

The designs are able to describe in full all the charm of the lands of Latin origin. Alessio Spataro uses his simple line that creeps in each white corner of the table, interlocking perfectly with all the elements in the field.

The “cineticità” and the frenzied movement are sometimes represented in the same drawing without lines of movement, as if there were multiple elements of the same type. An example of this is visible from the cover: the hands that play the guitarròn seem to be many more than two, and the fingers, squirt crazy on the strings, like little sparks.

You add a value narrative is the fundamental one: the use of only two colors, in addition to white and black, which are a warm orange brick and light grey. The first is used throughout the narrative as the fundamental color, representative of the heat of the music that comes from the heart of the Latin american country. The second, instead, is used only in very few cartoons, the ones where you see a guitar or another. This is the only visual track of sound that we can get: we highly recommend you read Violeta with his songs in the background. The communication strategy through a color well-defined and outlined, it has already been used in Foosball is a great success of Spataro, with the alternation between red and blue, typical colors of the foosball table itself.

Violeta is available from the 5th of October in all the comics and libraries.

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