Winner of Jabuti, the comic artist Marcelo D'Salete reaches international market with the title Angola Janga
After winning the Eisner Award in July with the comic “Cumbe” (2014), Brazilian comic artist Marcelo D ‘Salete was awarded the Jabuti Award in the comic category with “Angola Janga” (2017). The work was published in France and Portugal, and has contracts signed for placement in the United States and Poland. Organized by the Brazilian Book Chamber, the Jabuti Award is the major and most expressive recognition of the publishing market.
“Angola Janga – uma história dos Palmares” (Angola Janga – A history of Palmares) (2017) tells about old houses of fugitive slaves known as Palmares and located in the Serra da Barriga, a Brazilian region of the state of Alagoas. “The book is part of an attempt to go beyond the character of Zumbi dos Palmares, and tell the story of several other characters who were important in this story, such as the Ganga Zumba, Ganga Zona, and the governors, among others”, explains Marcelo.
To produce the comic, he undertook several historical researches on the slave period, Colonial Brazil, and the conflicts among Portuguese, Indigenous, and Africans brought from Congo and Angola. “Understanding a little more about these characters is important to understand the diversity inside Palmares, the strategic attempts at autonomy of these people, and the proximity and direct connection among Brazil, Portugal, and Angola. Some battles that were happening in Angola had a direct impact on what was going to happen to Brazil, since many of these Africans came here”, adds the comic artist.
“Cumbe” (2014) was born in 2004 during a course on Brazilian history focused on the black population. The work brings stories about enslaved Africans, their culture, and their customs. The comic was published in Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, and the USA. Learn more here.
During his career, Marcelo published “Noite Luz” (Light Night) (2008) in Brazil and Argentina with urban stories involving a nightclub and “Encruzilhada” (Crossroads) (2016), which approaches violence, young blacks, and discrimination in big cities.