He began his professional career in , at which he published his works in Supervolador, Misterix and Rayo Rojo. In Altuna went to Columbia, where he stayed until During that period he worked on scripts by Robin Wood, S. Almendro, I.

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June 9, Ficcionario - Horacio Altuna Quite often, sex and repression are part of the same equation. Freud said it nearly a century ago: the origin of neurosis is sexual repression. Some might say that there is still repression in our society. And in , Argentinian author Horacio Altuna decided to analyze this apparent dichotomy: unbridled sensuality and rigorous control, enjoyment and law enforcement.

Altuna created an alternative future. In this extravagant reality "there are first class citizens and second class citizens, the state controls everything and only a few manage to survive". The protagonist of "Ficcionario" is Beto Benedetti, an immigrant who lives and works in the second category area of City, an anonymous metropolis that represents the concept of the empty signifier.

This nameless city can very well be any city in the world. Altuna divided his graphic novel in 8 chapters. In the first one, titled "Loyal and submissive" Beto Benedetti experiences firsthand the impotence of being a second class citizen.

Frustrated and angry, he temporarily gains entrance into the prosperous side of City, and the contrast is brutal. Thanks to the spectacular artwork, is easy for us to see the differences between the two sectors of the metropolis. Page after page, Altuna shares with us a unique visual feast, creating rich and vibrant panels, full of details that reveal the true dynamics of this city; the Argentinian artist brilliantly captures the filth and the extreme poverty of the second class citizens.

This is made even more evident when some men steal the clothes and even the shoes from a recently deceased man.

In the slums, prostitution reigns supreme, and it is common to find live sex shows: in exchange for a few cents, couples fuck for the amusement of any bystander. Street sex is a frequent and recurring visual leitmotif in subsequent chapters. However, sick and tired of his captivity, the Immortal escapes and chooses Benedetti as his sidekick. What is better? To live luxuriously but enslaved or to be free and suffer in total poverty? For the Immortal, freedom is all that matters, but Benedetti finds comfort and luxury too tempting.

There is passion in the brothel scenes, but there is also peace and intimacy in the final sequence, when the Immortal plunges into the sea for the first time in his life. But time is running out, and his minutes of freedom are about to end.

The final pages are quite melancholic. But this is a love story that has more to do with catastrophe than optimism. The authorities warn the population of an imminent nuclear attack. They all flee in terror, running towards the shelters, but only a few have the authorization cards that will allow them entrance.

Benedetti helps his friend to find the girl he is in love with; in the process, they both witness how people act like crazy. All these images are portrayed by Altuna with great skill. You need to look carefully at each panel, trying not to miss any of these ironic, cruel and absolutely delirious images.

Finally, the authorities explain that all this was a false alarm. But the consequences are dire: thousands of dead and wounded are scattered everywhere. Benedetti, calm as ever, affirms that "with a couple of alarms like this they will not need to detonate any bomb".

Everything is accounted for, down to the last orgasm. This man is still alive, but in a matter of days he loses everything that identifies him: his documents, his apartment, his job. Although Benedetti tries to help him, in the end is impossible to win the battle against the system. This is perhaps one of the most shocking stories, and the ending is extremely moving. Finally, in "He comes and goes" we see what happens to second class citizens when they get older.

Without resources, without stable housing, they are forced to go from one temporary home to another. The state, of course, is patiently waiting for them to die. But in the case of Sebastian, a harmless old man, the results will be unexpected.

At first, Sebastian is reluctantly welcomed by Benedetti, who barely has enough room for himself in his tiny apartment. And no one can refute that statement. So Sebastian decides to hasten his death, accepting the offer of a popular euthanasia firm. It is always important, even if we only do it in fiction, to try to answer the questions posed by the Argentinian author.

Nosotros, como sociedad, cargamos con un fuerte legado represivo. Pero las consecuencias son evidentes: hay miles de muertos y heridos regados por doquier.

El escrutinio abarca incluso la vida sexual de Benedetti. Aunque Benedetti hace lo posible para ayudarlo, al final la batalla contra el sistema es imposible. Sin recursos, sin vivienda fija, son forzados a ir de una vivienda temporal a otra.

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