I worked for the portuguese publishing company Edições Devir as a Communication Designer for four years.
I executed production work for monthly comic books, Trade Paper Backs and Original Graphic Novels, in such areas as comic layout, lettering, translation, design, marketing, reader’s mail, brochures, catalogues and webdesign.
During this time, I worked with thousands of Marvel comics pages, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Punisher, Ultimate Universe, among others.
I have also had the privilege working with titles from several other publishers.
From DC - Batman, Justice League, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Superman.
From IDW - 30 Days of Night.
From Dark Horse - Hellboy, Sin City and Freaks of the Heartland.
From Image - Tomb Raider , Spawn and Witchblade.
I still work with Devir as a freelancer. I'm lettering Walking Dead's TPBs from volume 7 onwards.
In the second half of 2012 I started lettering for Levoir. This publisher has been launching several colections of TPBs from Marvel and DC super-hero comics, each one of them focusing in a particular Marvel or DC hero or team of heroes. This collections have been made by a small group of professionals, and I shared the lettering job with my friend Rui Alves.
Some stories were pretty old, with dozens of ballons by page. Some books were hard to produce, because portuguese language has longer words than english. This was a challenging gig since the books came out every week and sometimes there were just 4-5 people working on the project.
I have worked on 70 books (160-200 pages per book) in 3 different collections for Levoir.
I'm producing regular works for a small independent portuguese publisher named Polvo.
My work includes "Hän Solo", a book from the aclaimed portuguese author Rui Lacas. No, this is not a Star Wars related comic book, but a story about a dutch boy named Hän, living in Lisbon, that moves to Madrid, all alone, after a heartbreak.
I've also had the joy to work in "Três Sombras" by Cyril Pedrosa. This was originally published by the french company Delcourt, in 2007. This is such a beautiful book that I recommend it to everybody, even if one doesn't like comic books.
I also did the lettering for 2 books of "Largo Winch", which were published in Cape Verde - my first work to the african continent.
I have also helped in a couple more books with the page layout.
For ASA I have made a few lettering works as a freelancer.
I have had the privilege of working in one of the best comic books launched by this company: Mort Cinder – Os Olhos de Chumbo, from the argentine master Alberto Breccia, with the words of Héctor Oesterheld.
This was a book that took some time to be perfected, having many pages to be worked on, but I took some pleasure in seeing my name associated with the finished work. The original lettering was somewhat a weakness of the work, but I wasn’t allowed to alter it.
I have also made the lettering for two different albums of Marsupilami, a collection that the publisher co-edited with a newspaper. These were two books that have negatively marked my career as a letterer, having had several serious problems involving their production, even though they were out of my jurisdiction.
For the publisher Gradiva, I did the lettering to Will Eisner's John Law, Detective: Um Homem Condenado.
The funny thing about John Law was that I thought I was only going to do the lettering, but the publisher wished to translate some of the onomatopoeia. Also I’ve had to include some graphic text and newspaper images in portuguese. All this I did in Photoshop, because it was part of the image. So, forty “Tiff” images of the eighty pages were altered. It was a titanic job, but a very pleasant one.