Dark Fables | From Comics to Films

Dark Fables | From Comics to Films

Alberto Vazquez
Mon 29 Jan 2018   -  Sun 04 Feb 2018
_ Venue: Lower Hope Park Church Gallery

This special exhibition gathers Vazquez‘s both graphic and audiovisual work together. It presents how the artist adapted his comics and illustration books into animated films.

The collection will display early sketches, illustrations and posters. There will be also original comics and several storyboards showing the process of adapting the books to animation films as part of the exhibition. Further, clips of animation development made by Alberto’s right hand amigo and animator Khris Cembe and cuts from the films will be part of this first ever complete exhibition into the work of the Spanish artist.

The work of Alberto Vazquez takes from traditional fairy tales and fables to adapt them to contemporary points of view with strong political and ecological echoes. The protagonists in these stories are animal characters in a fantasy planet that seems quite similar to the human world we live in.

Alberto Vazquez have changed Spanish modern animation with his distinctive artistic style that doesn’t look like anything made before in Spain. With a dark sense of humour, Vázquez’s films show an innovative approach to translating the techniques and devices from his original comics to animation.

The exhibition is part of an overall retrospective in the work of Alberto Vazquez, which includes masterclasses, workshops and film screenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

* Alberto Vazquez and Khris Cembe, director of animation of all his films will attend the opening in Edinburgh, followed by the screening of Vazquez’s European Film Academy nominated feature film Psiconautas

Private view: Sunday 28th January at 18:00;  screening at 19:00


Animation director, illustrator and cartoonist. His books and comics have been published in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea and his illustrations have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world.

He has written and directed short animation as “Birdboy” , “Unicorn blood”or “Decorado”based in his comics. He just finished his first featured film “Psiconautas”, whose is director, scriptwriter, art director and based on the graphic novel of the same name by the own Vázquez.

His works have won three times the Goya Awards (best animation film and best animation short film twice) and He has won over 100 awards in international events such as the Festival of Annecy, Platino Awards, Chicago, Foyle, Silver Meliés or Expotoon. His works have been exhibited in prestigious festivals worldwide as Cannes, EFA Awards, Toronto, Annecy, Clermond-Ferrand, Animafest Zagreb or Slamdance.