The Graphic MSP Jeremiah - Skin, written by Rafael Pants and designed by Jefferson Costa, with editing Sidney Gusman (by Mauricio de Sousa Produções) and published by Panini Comics, was the winner of the most important literary award in Brazil, Jabuti 2019, in the category Comic Stories.
The delivery ceremony took place on the night of November 28, at the Ibirapuera Auditorium. The work addresses racism in childhood and adulthood. In this year, Jeremiah - Skin was also awarded two HQ Mix trophies, such as Special edition and Youth Publishing.
“Conceição Evaristo, as honored. Lázaro Ramos as master of ceremonies. Jeremiah as the best comic book. Jabuti has never been as black as in 2019. I shivered, ”said Jefferson Costa, explaining the thrill of the conquest.
Rafael Pant was also elated. “What an honor for the Jabuti Award to have honored the story of a black boy discovering the world and its inner strength. This is a new world, in which old ideas will be abandoned. Starting with Bairro do Limoeiro, where childhood and love inspired and will inspire children from Brazil and around the world ”, he declared.
Editor Sidney Gusman reported another aspect of the importance of the award: “It is the first tortoise in the history of Mauricio de Sousa Produções, and shows how much representativeness matters. Jeremiah - Skin helped to change our company from the inside, and I hope that it reaches schools all over Brazil ”.
It was also the first Jabuti by Editora Panini. “We are honored and very happy to take home the most desired award in Brazilian literature. Offering publications like this only proves that we are on the right path to present the country's diversity to the public ”, said Panini Brasil Marketing Manager, Marcelo Adriano da Silva.
This was one of graphic novels most awaited nationals of 2018. It was the 18th title of the prestigious seal Graphic MSP, which debuted in 2012 and became a reference in the segment, bringing together the best of the national line in comics produced by the most diverse artists, in styles as bold as they are beautiful.
In a bold but necessary reinterpretation, as highlighted by Mauricio de Sousa, in his preface, Rafael Pant and Jefferson Costa give life to a strong, hard, emotional story, in which Jeremias will deal, for the first time, with prejudice because of color of your skin. The plot is filled with pain, overcoming and hard learning.
Much of what Jeremiah and his parents live in Skin it came from the personal experiences of Rafael and Jefferson, which makes the work even more special. The beautiful and emotional text on the fourth cover is signed by rapper Emicide.
The extras in the edition bring ideas, studies and sketches of the characters' visuals and the various stages of the design and color process, which Jefferson Costa does entirely in digital. Cover studies, a history of the characters and the authors' biography complement the material.