“Children are not born with superstitions”, says Mauricio de Sousa

“The future for me is right this moment,” insists the 86-year-old cartoonist.

Photo: Caio Gallucci – MSP Promotion / Caio Gallucci – MSP Promotion

At 86, Mauricio de Sousa would not take into consideration stopping and even slowing down. Brazil’s most well-known cartoonist stated, “I really like what I do, I do not see it as work. I care for my well being to proceed what I do”.
After receiving acclaim on the final Bienal do Livro de São Paulo, he’s seen with a number of initiatives. While taking good care of the main points of his biopic, scheduled for a theatrical premiere in late 2023, Mauricio celebrated the reopening of the Mauricio de Sousa Produções studios for guests. “I really like the brief, witty conversations with the youngsters in addition to the emotional reminiscences of the grown-up followers,” he says.
She continues to be well-known for the not too long ago launched sequence of Turma da Monica on Globeplay and is contemplating with the workforce to create new characters stuffed with illustration. Seniors, individuals with disabilities and people within the know, even the LGBTQIA+ group, do not escape their radar. “Everything is taken into account with quite a lot of analysis and accountability”, he says, who likes to say that everybody learns from variations. In an interview with Nós, he feedback on how he approaches the theme of variety in his work.

Last yr, you talked about in an interview that you just had been contemplating making a homosexual character in Moniker’s Gang. Has that dialogue progressed?
For 63 years our tales have been remodeling and incorporating themes that are a part of Brazilian society There will come a time when certainly one of our publications for younger adults might have such a theme. An instance is the graphic novel “Tina – Respeito”, written by Fefe Torcatto, whose central theme is office harassment. and a buddy of his from the LGBTQIA+ group. Creating a brand new character is a fancy course of, involving a number of groups, and nice care is taken to offer correct data with none bias. We have spoken to 4 generations of followers, adapting our content material to every age group, at all times with quite a lot of analysis and accountability.

Do you consider contact delicate themes in comics? Does Turma da Monica Jovem permit higher experimentation on this sense?
Moniker Gang has readers of all ages. We are capable of converse in another way to younger kids, older kids, younger adults, adults… As we age, it’s attainable to deal with extra complicated points with due respect. Graphic novels, as a result of they converse to a younger grownup viewers, permit us to delve just a little additional into the finer factors. Turma da Monica Jovem permits us to method themes that are not current in basic tales, reminiscent of conflicts relating to research and future careers, budding love relationships, the expertise of dropping a pricey buddy, and the expertise of this grief in opposition to…

Still relating to the expectations relating to an LGBTQIA+ character in comedian books, I believe that on the time you and your son Mauro had been the goal of some biased feedback on social networks concerning the thought. Do you suppose that kids are extra open to variations and freedom of alternative than adults? The cause?
Children are not born with superstitions. They dwell properly with variations, play collectively and study from one another. I at all times study from them. I believe we are able to all study from variations.

“Our tales are reworked and incorporate themes that are a part of Brazilian society”, says Mauricio

Photo: Caio Gallucci – MSP Promotion / Caio Gallucci – MSP Promotion

You not too long ago stated that you just are finding out a solution to serve the getting old inhabitants. Characters like Tia Nena, Vovoka and Vo Dita are very totally different representations of older girls. Adults right this moment have many faces, do not they? Which ones do you need to embody in your story?
Vó Dita was impressed by my grandmother of the identical identify who gathered her mates in her home and instructed tales. Yes, older individuals are totally different from one another. The older the characters now we have, the extra totally different experiences we are able to painting. For instance, with my grandson Martin, Marina’s son, I really feel that I’m a a lot totally different grandfather than different grandchildren, as a result of these experiences have modified me. We even have two older characters, Joanna and João, that we’re creating and that ought to herald a little bit of this new technology of veterans.

Milena is an absolute success that has gained kids’s love for illustration and empathy. Do you think about it to deal with the battle in opposition to racism in a extra open method?
Bairro do Limoeiro is the world as I need it, so racism has no place right here. However, we all know that racism is, sadly, nonetheless a part of our actuality. It is feasible, sure, that Milena seems within the institutional content material or in a extra particular e book with themes that deal with the problem extra straight, as occurred with Jeremias, a personality created within the Nineteen Sixties even earlier than Monica. In the graphic novel “Jeremiah – Pele” (2018), he comes into contact with the world outdoors his household and encounters racism. It was a piece that had an exquisite reception, we gained Jabuti with it. And it might be became a film.

Are you pondering of addressing extra minorities or different themes associated to variety and inclusion in your tales?
Turminha is at all times rising and nonetheless has room for a lot of matters and characters! We simply launched Suely, just a little deaf lady who loves sports activities and can assist us convey extra data to the general public about Libras, Brazilian Sign Language, and different matters associated to the deaf group. At the Bienal, we launched Libras and a bilingual e book in Portuguese during which the Swahili hero brings to kids the basic story “O lobo e os sete cabritinhos”.

However, what’s the analysis technique of inserting totally different characters into the story?
Each character has its personal story. Andre, an autistic character, originated from a venture of the Mauricio de Sousa Institute to tell dad and mom concerning the signs of autism. Today, now we have a partnership with “Revista Autismo” and screenwriters who are a part of the spectrum and convey their experiences to the story. We are now creating the Sueli household, which I discussed earlier, with the assistance of Derdic, related with PUC-São Paulo, and speaking to individuals within the deaf group, at all times with nice accountability.

What is the distinction between being a father and a grandfather?
As a father I’ve had ten kids with whom I’ve discovered a lot from their variety. Grandchildren repeat a lot of what we study, however actuality, altering habits and progress open up new avenues for us to deal with. It is a brand new training stuffed with love and appreciation. It’s totally different… but it surely comes with honey.

What are your future plans? Do you actually need to do one thing that you have not executed but?
The future for me is right this moment. Later I’ll have a number of futures for extra concepts. It’s dwelling, studying and creating.

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