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Al corro de las palabras 28-01-2013 I have just completed the illustrations for Al corro de las palabras, beautiful haikus by Antonia Rodenas. Anaya will publish the book in April 2013.
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A Blow to Intellectual Property 28-01-2013 From 2004 until 2007, the multinational insurance company Santa Lucia utilized without permission my book cover illustration for Magenta, la petita fada by Jaume Escala, to publicize its policy Seguro Combinado del Hogar (Combined Home Insurance) by manipulating the image, erasing the title of the book but leaving there the names of the authors who filed the lawsuit. After a long judicial process, finally on October 17, 2012, at the MERCANTILE Number 3 courthouse in Barcelona, the honorable Yolanda Ríos López, Magistrada-Juez de refuerzo, decided against the authors, considering that the multinational had utilized the drawing for non-commercial purposes (more than 4 million copies distributed in leaflets, folders and other media). She also argued that the publisher, not the authors, should have sued, contradicting the publisher’s testimony, and misinterpreting that a signed contract among the parties concerned only gives the editor the right to publish the complete work in book form, the rest of the rights of image use is property of the authors. This demonstrates her complete lack of knowledge of the Intellectual Property Law.

She ruled that the company indemnify the authors with a ridiculous sum for moral damages.

This is yet another flagrant example of the growing defencelessness that authors suffer. It demonstrates the ignorance of this country’s judiciary system, its contempt for intellectual property and once again shows that the powerful dominate justice.
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2012 National Culture Award 28-01-2013 I received the Premi Nacional de Cultura Còmic 2012 for my career as an illustrator and for the illustrations in La Croada dels nens (The Children’s Crusade) by Bertolt Brecht.
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Exhibit at Lagostore in Barcelona 28-01-2013 Opening: January 24 until 28 February 2013 at Lagostore, Via Augusta 10, Barcelona. An exhibit of my work with pieces from the Ségou series.
Update on my current work 16-10-2012 I have just begun to illustrate a new story with lovely poems by Antonia Rodenas for the Sopa de Libros collection in Editorial Anaya.

Finally, painting. Children are the principal theme of my work. Girls and boys who look inquisitively, tenderly, at us, with pain or surprise, who question us, intimating the adults they will one day become. There is always some detonating force that pushes me to paint. There’s always a child who wants to be portrayed, who wants expression through my brushstrokes. This creates a dialogue between us. I paint this look at this moment in time as my homage.
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