BEF dedicates “El Instante Amarillo” to his girls

Bernardo Fernández presented a graphic novel dedicated to his daughters
Photo: Demián Chávez/EL UNIVERSAL
08/05/2017
12:29
Querétaro, Mexico
Rocío G. Benítez
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20 years ago, Bernardo Fernández, BEF, noticed that comic books for little boys, like the ones he used to read while being a child, were disappearing, and if people weren't interested in creating stories for boys, even less for girls.

That's why, 20 years ago, BEF started a project dedicated to his little girls, a graphic novel called “El Instante Amarillo” (The Yellow Instant), which will see the light during the Comics Convention of Queretaro (Conque) 2017.

The novel, based in 1990, revolves around a 13-year-old girl that suffers from bullying, she's doing terrible at Math, and to top it off, her parents are getting a divorce. Immersed in this hostile environment, in which she knows she 's not the typical “princess” every little girl wants to be, she takes some extra classes and her teacher gives her the assignment of reading Frankenstein.

“That's the starting point of it all, at least the questioning of her identity about who she really is and because, on the other hand, she discovers in Frankenstein, which, in 2017 will turn 200 years old since it was first published, a precious metaphor to adolescence.” says the graphic novelist to EL UNIVERSAL Querétaro, who visited the city to kick off his exhibition: “The books of BEF” in the City Museum.

There are no comic books for little boys anymore, even less for girls, and since I'm a father to two little girls, I wanted to create a comic book for them, which is a little more aimed at teenagers”, he told us.

The title “El Iinstante Amarillo" comes from the Sylvia Plath's poem “Three women”.

The official presentation of “El Instante Amarillo” took place last May 7th at the Conque.

 

 

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