One of the most touching Brazilian kids’ movies of the past few years, “Turma da Mônica – Laços” (Monica and Friends – Bonds) was inspired by the acclaimed eponymous graphic novel, which had a woman as co-creator. We are talking about Lu Cafaggi, a Brazilian comic book artist who started her career in 2009, and since then she has been illustrating successful rich stories.
Lu Cafaggi is part of the Brazilian Authors Series, an initiative of Brazilian Publishers — an industry project fostering the exports of Brazilian editorial content by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
Born in the city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, Lu began posting her illustrations online in 2009, and in the next year she created a blog: Los Pantozelos. It was there that Cafaggi published her first works independently with a friend. In 2011, she released “Mixtape” (Mixtape), a collection of four mini-comic books that were designed as cassette tapes and included “comic book poems”. In such work Lu addressed her relationship with music.
In 2013, Lu and her brother, Vitor Cafaggi, were invited to create a new comic book story for the Monica’s Gang series. The result was a trilogy composed of “Laços”, “Lições” (Lessons) and “Lembranças” (Memories). Addressing more sensitive and less humorous themes, the stories led the series created by Mauricio de Sousa to a more mature stage while keeping its original charm. In 2015, Vitor and Lu won the 28th HQ Mix Prize in the “Best Youth Publication” for “Lições”. The first volume of the trilogy was adapted for the screens in 2018, and a sequence is coming soon.
In June 2020, Lu Cafaggi used her talent to give life to the “Amor em Tempos Modernos” (Love in modern times) series of works exhibited at Casa Fiat de Cultura. Using watercolor and digital painting techniques, Lu illustrated love stories set in this moment of social distancing. The artist continues posting her amazing works on her Instagram account.
About the Series: Brazilian Authors
In order to stimulate knowledge about Brazilian contemporary literature, Brazilian Publishers, an industry project fostering exports of Brazilian editorial content through a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), created the series “Brazilian Authors”, which brings information about current national writers.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is a result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber – CBL and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of the nation’s publishing houses.