Interview with the brazilian cartoonist Carlos Amorim.
Interview conducted by Natalia Forcat from Brazil (24.01.2011)
Firstly I´d like to thank you on behalf of CNC website -Cartoon News Center– for accepting this interview, thank you, dear Amorim!
1) How and at what age did you start your career to become a professional? In your opinion future generations will have the same problems to start in the profession?
I started publishing my work in the weekly Pasquim, Rio de Janeiro in 1984. I have published editorial cartoons and later I worked as designer, working in direct writing. I believe that today it is easier for beginners, because with the Internet everyone can publish their works without relying on the opinion of the editors.
2) How was working in Pasquim? Do you could briefly explain the importance of this humor newspaper for Brazil?
I began my career at Pasquim (a humorous newspaper) in 1984 and go out at 1990 (Pasquim is over in 1992). For me it was very important, therefore was the only way to get information on what it is humor drawing. About of the importance of the newspaper, I believe that it was the last really remarkable periodical in the history of the Brazilian graphical Humor. Others newspapers and magazine tried but all of them had disappeared in few years.
You were elected the Cartoonist of the Year on Brazilian website Bigorna http://www.bigorna.net/, as a tribute to your career and the whole of your work. In addition to this well-deserved award, I would like you tell us about other awards in Brazil and worldwide.
I believe that I have receive prizes in Brazil, Cuba, Japan, France, Serbia, Macedonian, China, Italy, Uruguay, Portugal and Germany but I can’t nominate one by one L.
4) You're almost like a “one-man orchestra” of the humor: you write, make cartoons, caricatures, comics and still finds time to manage the site Charge Online http://www.acharge.com.br . Could you tell our readers how did the idea of Charge Online and how it is administered?
The creator of the Charge Online is the Mariano, who is also a cartoonist. Last year he asked me to help the site staff. The idea is always to value editorial cartoons that, from time to time, suffer with the enemies of the liberty of speech. We have only published editorial cartoons that in the website work as the chronicle of the Brazilian political, economical and social life. Some collaborators are invited, others are selected, but all they are editorial cartoonists.
5) I'm sure our readers would love to know his work related to soccer, because there is many Brazilian soccer's fans around the world, certainly anxious to see your work about that. What is the site where we can see your work related to soccer?
I make sports cartoons since 1989, at Journal dos Sports in Rio de Janeiro. I was some years without producing anything but since the last World Cup I return to draw. The readers can follow the day-by-day of the Brazilian soccer (unfortunately just in Portuguese) in www.amorimcartoons.com.br
6) Finally, what message you would like to send to our readers and cartoonists of Azerbaijan?
Best wishes to all of them, and that they continue to show a highest level of quality in hundreds of Cartoons Contests that I have the chance to participate through all these years!