'Humor Petiso'.

Diego Parés is an Argentinian cartoonist, who started out contributing to a variety of alternative and adult-oriented comic magazines during the 1980s and 1990s. He has become notorious for his often controversial and biting humor in the magazines Fierro and Barcelona, like in his oddball comics about Mr and Mrs Riso, and in his political satire in cooperation with Esteban Podetti. The readers of the daily newspaper La Nacíon however know him for his hilarious and accessible cartoon series 'Humor Petiso', which has also found its way abroad.

Work for magazines and newspapers
Born in 1970, Diego A. Parés published his first drawings at age 14 in CantaRock, a music magazine published in Argentina between 1983 and 1988. In 1987 he got his degree in Plastic Arts from the Rogelio Yrurtia School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. Between 1987 and 2006 his humorous comics and cartoons appeared in adult magazines like Humor, Sex-Humor, Humi and Gente, as well as the children's weekly Billiken. He has also contributed to the newspapers La Nación, Clarín (as well as its youth supplemnt Juegos del Verano) and Page 12, and since the 2000s to the comic magazines Barcelona and Fierro. He is furthermore known for his game pages in the magazines Genios and Jardín de Genios.


Mini comic strip for Maldita Garcha.

Fanzines
Parés himself co-edited the tiny underground fanzine Maldita Garcha ("Damn Garcha") with his brother Pablo Parés (1978), who later became well-known as a director and producer of horror films. Published between June 1991 and November 1994, the six issues caught the attention of the mainstream media despite their minuscule format: the comics fitted in the palm of one's hand. Both brothers were later also contributors and co-editors of Darío Adanti's ¡Sueltème!, a fanzine of which five issues were published between 1995 and 1999. Other regular contributors were Esteban Podetti, Pablo Fayó, Dani the O, Emiliano Migliardo and Pablo Sapia.


'Correrías del sr. y la sra. Rispo'.

(Comic) books
Since the 1990s, Diego Parés has illustrated several books, of which the guide book 'Literatura Latinoamericana para principiantes' ("Latin American Literature for Beginners", 2002) by Florencia Abbate and Califa Oche's "find-the-object" book 'Super Búsquedas' (2005) stand out. A compilation of his comics for Humor magazine was published in the book 'Buscando a Charly' (1993). The author received much praise for the clever comedy and lively characters in his comic strips about the odd Mr and Mrs Riso, which have appeared in the magazine Barcelona. The series has been compared by the Argentinian comedian Esteban Podetti to 'Little Lulu' and 'Popeye', "but then with penises." The slapstick and at times vulgar humor of 'Correrías del sr. y la sra. Rispo' was first collected in book format in 2007, and then again in 2011.


'Monsterville'.

Another collection of Parés' work for Barcelona appeared under the title 'La Esperanza fue lo Último que se Perdió' ("Hope was the last thing lost", 2013). With scriptwriter Jorh he additionally created the children's comic 'Monsterville' (Domus, 2008), about a group of monsters who are terrified by three little kids who live in their castle. A selection of the artist's personal drawings and doodles was released under the title '500 Dibujos' in 2013.


'Soy Tóxico'.

Soy Tóxico
By the time Diego's brother Pablo and his writing partner Daniel de la Vega had become well-known directors with the "American gothic" film 'Jennifer's Shadow' (2004), they began working on a post-apocalyptic zombie film set in South America. The project never saw the light, but the script was used by Diego Parés for a comics project instead. Parts of it were published in Fierro magazine in 2008, but this project remained unfinished as well. Diego's imagery in turn inspired the directors duo to create the vintage style low budget film 'Soy Tóxico' ('I Am Toxic', 2018).


'Chumbo, el Hombre Elefante'.

Syndicated work
Diego Parés in the meantime established himself as one of the most notable syndicated cartoonists of his country. He often works together with the Argentinian humorist Esteban Podetti (a.k.a. Podeti). Besides comic stories for Fierro magazine, they also make cartoons and features with political satire for the Télam press agency. The two men also created the daily strip 'Chumbo, el Hombre Elefante' ("Chumbo, the elephant man", 2012-2013). Parés is perhaps best known nowadays for his humor cartoon feature 'Humor Petiso', which made its debut in the pages of La Nacíon on 19 December 2010. By request of his editor Juan Brown, the feature served as a more accessible counterpart to the more intellectual and experimental cartoons and comics of Liniers, with whom Parés shares the page. Parés therefore uses well-known themes and gimmicks like castaways, prisoners, beggars, couples and offices, but gives them an original, absurd and contemporary twist in his mostly single panel but at times sequential gags. Sometimes the cartoonist expresses his personal opinions in his strips, but in general the humor is universal. This has also made Parés' cartoons suitable for distribution abroad; it is for instance a regular feature in the Facebook cartoon network 'Cartoons for Breakfast', an initiative of the Dutchman Hans Lijklema. A first book collection called 'Humor Petiso - Las Mujeres y los Niños Primero' ("Small Humor - Woman and Children First") was published by Edhasa in 2015.


'Humor Petiso'.

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