New York, 1940. Navit, a young, penniless singer, inherits ownership of an old-fashioned girlie magazine: "Gentlemind." Combative, intelligent, and audacious, she sets herself up as the publication's new director and takes on the immense challenge of turning it into a modern magazine. Haunted by the memory of her lover who left for the front lines of Europe, she must confront the realities of an American society that is in its golden years, but remains highly patriarchal. A deeply touching story spanning three decades, relating the American dream from a woman's perspective!
Juan Díaz Canales was born in 1972 in Madrid, Spain. He started reading comic books very early on, before getting interested in cartoons. And that was that--he decided to make a profession out of it! At 18, he joined an animation studio, where he met Juanjo Guarnido, who soon became a great friend. Juan remained in Spain while Juanjo went to France to work for the Disney animation studios. But that didn't stop them coming up with one of this decade's greatest comic book projects, the future "Blacksad," a massively successful 1950s-style detective series. Meanwhile, Díaz Canales pursued studies in the fine arts, then, in 1996, founded a company called "Tridente Animation" with three other designers. This got him started working with various European and U.S. companies. He now divides his time between his screenwriting for comics and animation, and supervising TV series and feature film animation. Since "Blacksad," he's worked with numerous illustrators, including José Luis Munuera on his beautiful two-part series "Fraternity" (Dargaud, 2011). He's also taken on the continuation of the adventures of Corto Maltese in collaboration with Ruben Pellejero. His most recent work includes the ambitious "Gentlemind," set in New York and spanning three decades (Dargaud, Europe Comics in English).
Teresa Valero was born in Madrid in 1969. Passionate about animation and drawing from an early age, she struggled to pursue her studies in these areas in Spain. She finally received administrative training, before joining the Lapiz Azul studio in 1990, doing pre-production work for TV series including "Tintin" and "Rupert." It was there that she met Juanjo Guarnido and Juan Díaz Canales, with whom she soon became friends. Thanks to them, she also discovered the world of comics. Following her time at Lapiz Azul, she went to work for the Milimetros studio as a pre-production coordinator for series such as "The Pink Panther," "Babar," and "Madeline," as well as feature-length films ("Asterix in America"). In 1996, alongside Juan Díaz Canales, she co-founded Tridente Animation, where she continued her work in television and film. In parallel, she began to offer classes on storyboarding, animation, and narration at the University of Madrid. Her own work in comics would soon follow, with "Sorcelleries" (Dargaud) and "Curiosity Shop" (Glénat). Her most recent graphic novel is the ambitious "Gentlemind," alongside Juan Díaz Canales and artist Antonio Lapone (Dargaud, Europe Comics in English).