Saturday, November 10, 2007

Forum Fantastico Day One

Headed over to the university yesterday for my first panel, a Marvel panel, a la Cup O' Joe. The panel right before mine was a Q&A with the lead singer/songwriter of Portugal's most popular metal band, Moonspell. I guess he's a very highly educated guy with a few philosophy degrees and the band is known for their intellectual lyrics about Lovecraft, Tolkien, and all kinds of other literary references, which is what he was there discussing. Once I took the stage, I didn't know what to expect, and was actually a little nervous, but it turned into a very interesting panel as the Portuguese fans asked all kinds of questions about art, continuity, characters ages, rumors and Cap's death. Felt just like a panel I would do at a con back home, so I guess wherever you go, fans are fans. I thought it went well and hope the people who came and particpated had as much fun as I did.


After that, it was portfolio review time, and I looked at the work of about maybe 12 Portuguese artists. There was a wide mix of styles and ability, but two people really stood out. It really reinforces my belief that there is so much untapped talent here just waiting to be discovered.


After the con, which ended at about 10PM, we all headed out for dinner and I finally had Bacalhau, traditional Portuguese salted cod fish. It was amazing!! Accompanied by "punched" potatoes and black-eyed peas with onion and cilantro, it was a meal to die for! We also had linguica to start us off, and Sagres beer to wash it all down, which only added to the experience!


About nine of us headed down to Lisbon's party district, Barrio Alto, after that... and when they say party, they mean PARTY! It was unlike anything I've ever seen, just people hanging out and drinking in the streets across three or four blocks. Great caprihnas, cool people, good times! Pics and stories of our late night adventures soon...

7 comments:

Joshm said...

Sounds like a great time!

amb* said...
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amb* said...

Well... as for me and my boodies present, we had a lot of fun! I think that everyone liked your honesty and, even if you were nervous at first, the conference was a very well achieved pleasant evening.
Hope you have still time to visit more of Lisbon, that is one of the most beautiful cities of the world (eheheh). And don't forget to listen to our more caracteristic music genre "Fado"! Ask Rogério or Safaa, they know where to go to ;)

Escalla said...

Bairro Alto!
And i'm glad you could enjoy some of the typical ingredients of the portuguese night

Ven said...

I see you got hooked on my uncle's caipirinhas.
We'll have to stop by his bar again next time you're in town.

Hope the flight back home goes well and we'll definitely chat soon.

Take care!

Hugo "Ginmau" Froes said...

I managed to catch you presentation on Saturday where you spoke a little about the industry and the portruguese artists you're working with. The world is really small, becuase I allready knew Joao :) I must say that the presentation left me quite motivated to present my work. My current portfolio is mostly as a colorist, but I'm hoping to get my pencilling portfolio more up to scratch :)

Kid's World said...

Look at me with the orange bag! It was really nice to meet u CB!