A personal favourite here at Eight Editions, Lucas Varela is an Argentine illustrator and graphic artist who specialises in comics and graphic novels. Born in Buenos Aires in 1971, he went on to study graphic design at the University of Buenos Aries, and was first employed as a designer and graphic artist on Argentina’s biggest newspaper, Clarín, in 1996. Two years later, while still employed at the newspaper, Lucas co-founded the comic book fanzine Kapop with Roberto Barreiro, publishing six editions over three years (1998-2001). In 2010, Lucas Varela was signed to illustrate Robert Shrimsley’s weekly ‘National Conversation’ column for the Financial Times. It has proved a successful partnership, with Varela’s sharp wit and irony adding a satirical dynamic to the visuals. Commercial illustrations aside, Varela’s own distinct comic book style is that of a universe teeming with images of pink(ish) monsters, slithering, invasive worm-like creatures, vomit, and horned, bare-breasted women. He now lives in Angouleme, a small town in south-west France, where he is an artist in residence at La Maisons Des Auteurs. There he has been able to concentrate on developing new comic book projects, including the album ‘Diagnostics’. As always, Varela's latest work sounds intriguing, and surely can only continue to contribute to further cement his already formidable standing as not only one of the foremost comic book artists in Argentina, but as a global master of the genre.
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