Diego Jourdan Pereira is a Santiago-based comic book artist, digital illustrator, toy designer and art editor/restorer. He has worked for publishers and magazines from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Bolivia, England, Ukraine, India and other countries since the 1990s. He has created art for such diverse companies as Simon & Schuster Publishing, Felix The Cat Productions Inc., Mirage Group, Blue Dream Studios, Mongoose Publishing, Alias Comics, DC Thomson and Image Comics, among many more. Jourdan's art graced many household characters such as 'Felix The Cat', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'G.I. Joe', 'Transformers Animated', 'Astro Boy The Movie: Official Movie Prequel', 'Digger & Friends', and 'Ghostbusters'.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he moved with his family to Chile at age 13, where he grew up with American, Argentine, Chilean and French comic books. He had attended fine arts classes for children while still living in Uruguay and corresponded with several comic artists from South-America and the USA. Besides US and French comics, Jourdan also draws inspiration from Dutch and Flemish artists, especially Peter de Wit and Hanco Kolk.
He was a pupil of illustrator Mariano Ramos and the Chilean Disney artist Vicar. His first publishing experience was with editorial and textbook illustrations for Chilean publishers, while also venturing in self-published indie comics. He spent several months in the USA in 2006 when working as a game designer, and as a freelance artist for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' comics by Mirage Studios.
He has drawn comics starring Disney/Pixar characters for Boom! Studios in 2010 and 2011, as well as gag cartoons for the Australian edition of MAD Magazine. Between October 2010 and February 2011, Jourdan was present in the British comics magazine The Beano of D.C. Thomson with new gags starring 'Ivy the Terrible', a classic character created by Robert Nixon in 1985.
Also through D.C. Thomson, he has succeeded British artist Bill Ritchie as the artist of the 'Lord und Lauser' comic in the German girls' magazine Wendy in 2011. The company also assigned him to draw 'LEGO' comics, as well as covers and posters for WWE Kids, while he was also cover artist/illustrator for Moshi Magazine by Skyjack Publishing.
Lord und Lauser
He has done a page in Peru's Dedo Medio magazine with Javi Hildebrandt for three months in 2011, and was an assistant inker to Bob Weber Jr. on the newspaper feature 'Slylock Fox' from 2012 to 2014. Since 2012, he is restoring (reinking and recoloring) classic romance comic panels for John Lustig's online strip 'Last Kiss'.
He drew stories like 'Tojo's Time Machine' and 'The Wind-Up Club' for the Indian comics magazine Tinkle in 2013. In 2016, Jourdan started illustrating the comics section in the Scottish Sunday Post newspaper. This includes the features 'Oor Wullie' and 'The Broons', which were created by Dudley Watkins way back in 1936.
As a digital retoucher, he has worked on the US editions of Peyo's classic 'Smurfs' albums and on the Fantagraphics collections of Floyd Gottfredson's 'Mickey Mouse' newspaper strips. In December 2014, he won the Silver Morosoli Award, the highest Uruguayan culture, arts and sciences award, in a ceremony at the Lavalleja Theater in Minas, Uruguay.