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Shelf Porn Saturday | Moonshadow and manga from Mexico

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves belongs to Derly Fernandez from Monterrey, Mexico, who shows us his collection of books, graphic novels, manga and more.

If you have comics, graphic novels, action figures or other related collectibles you’d like to show off here, send me a write-up and some jpgs at jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here’s Derly …

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My name is Derly, I live in Monterrey N.L. Mexico and I have a small collection, mainly because it’s hard to find comics in here. We live currently in the third biggest city in the country and we have ONE comic book store (God Bless friends with family in the U.S….and Amazon!). ¡ONE! My wife and I are moving to another city in a few months, so I wanted to show you my collection before packing. My main interest is Tezuka and Magic the Gathering novels. I got the Moonshadow poster a few years ago and El Eternauta is a beautiful comic that a friend got me from Argentina (there is a English version? I hope so, it’s a GREAT comic and more people should read it). And obviously, Sogeking riding the Dragon from DBZ is just awesome (even when the figure is so small).

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That’s a very nice collection!
I like how you read a little bit of everything like me!

I like Magic the Gathering Novels too, but they’re impossible to find here in Portugal!

El Eternauta! Nice! Have you read the sequel? Awesome story and art, and very powerful given the sad political context.

I am so coming to steal your MTG novels.. i used to the have the originals, The Arena!! and now I can’t find them any where.

El Eternauta! I finished re-reading it only a few days ago, what a wonderful book. For those who haven’t read it (it’s unfortunately not available in English) it’s a 300+ page science-fiction story (originally published between 1957 and 1959 in weekly installments) by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López about a group of people in Buenos Aires dealing with an alien invasion. It’s truly an amazing book. (There are a few sequels, not all of them by the original authors, but this first version is the best one of all.)

Derly, I suggest tracking down a new edition that was published in Mexico by Editorial RM, which restores (for the first time in over 50 years) some of the bridging material between installments that had been removed in previous editions. The reproduction is not 100% crystal clear (a problem common to many editions of Oesterheld’s work), but this is the first time a book reprints El Eternauta in the way it looked when it was originally serialized.

I wonder where did Derly found Buddha in spanish, if someone knows please tell me. Haven´t found it anywhere and I´d like to have like that to borrow it to non-comic readers.

El Eternauta! Fantastic stuff! I quite like the Breccia “re-drawing”, and if you read Eternauta II as a metaphor for the military dictatorship (and consider that Oesterheld was one of the “disappeared” and probably didn’t even write all of it), it’s truly awe-inspiring that something like that was even published.

El Eternauta is the greatest comic ever published in Latin America (and probably in spanish language too!), it’s a pity it was never translated to english.

For those wondering, I’ve also seen editions in french, italian (a country where the comic is also considered a classic) and brazilian portuguese. So if you don’t know spanish but know one of those languages, you can always try those.

If you DO know spanish, however, this is the edition to get:
http://www.historieteca.com.ar/Novedades/editoras/eleternautavintage.htm

It contains the whole story with bridging sequences (that were excised from the old collected version) and even the extra chapter that had been published in a magazine on regular, full-page formar (the comic was serialized on half-page format) and hence is not usually reprinted on the collected editions.

Josh, here is Buddha in spanish, athough probably not the same edition:
http://www.amazon.es/Buda-n%C2%BA1-Trazado-Osamu-Tezuka/dp/8439504691/

(That is just the first volume, I saw ten at amazon.es!)

Thanks for all the kind comments, I’m a long time lurker in Robot 6, so I was veeery nervous when I sent this

@Josh: Sadly, I don’t own BUdha in spanish, so far the only ones I have in spanish are: Astroboy, Princess Knight and Treasure Island, I’m hoping to buy a few more spanish manga in the next Mty convention(one of the few places where I found them easily) If you want to know what has been translated, Tezukainenglish.com has been a great help for that:
http://tezukainenglish.com/bm/translations/translation-spanish/manga-spanish/index.shtml

@Pedro, Rodrigo: Thanks for the heads up. Sadly its very hard to find a copy of El Eternauta in here. ¿Maybe is easier to find in Mexico D.F.? I’m gonna search for it when I live there :D

And now I’m wondering: Why there is no english version of el Eternauta? At least we should see a kickstarter for it

Muchisimas gracias Pedro y Derly!

Purple Bear is ALLERGIC to cameras! I hope you at least had an epipen available

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