Tonight, the Mallorcan cartoonist and illustrator Bartolomé Seguí presented his new book. And the rows of chairs at Rata Corner were filling in no time. „Boomers“ tells of a group of longtime friends who get together some 30 years after they last met. After all, the best thing is not to be young. The best thing is to think back years later to the time when you were young. Thus the motto of the book.
“I like to tell everyday stories where seemingly nothing happens and the story is built on conversations between friends,” comments Tomeu Seguí. Conversations marked by a deep sense of humor and self-irony.
For Boomers, Tomeu brought characters back to life that he had drawn in the late 80s. The stories appeared in a prestigious comic magazine in Barcelona, then they just disappeared. Ernesto, Lola, Héctor, Rita and César are all in their sixties, now. Boomers, like the author himself.
Actually a rather derogatory term for this generation. But used affectionately by Tomeu. And indeed, the feedback to Boomers is consistently positive. Apparently the issues covered are in fact intergenerational.
The protagonists often sit together and reflect on the passing of the years. But they also talk about the uncertainty of the future. And they share their longing to enjoy the years they have left in a world that has changed significantly.
Bartolomé Seguí grew up in Palma. And together with Gabi Beltran published Historias del Barrio. Touching coming-of-age stories from a place and time not that long ago and yet far away from todays old town.
If you couldn’t make it tonight, there is another presentation in Palma tomorrow at Univers del Cómic.