'Tony Destructo'.

Fernando Gabriel Sosa is a comic book artist, editor and animator from Córdoba, Argentina. He is a driving force behind the local Córdoba comics scene and the initiator of Latin-American collaborations like Barricada Comics and Wi-Fi Digital Press. He has furthermore provided artwork to several short-lived US indie comics series and to clients from several European countries. Since 2010 he is the artist of the webcomic 'Tony Destructo'.

Early life and education
Fernando Gabriel Sosa was born in 1974. While in his teens in 1992, he was already contributing cartoons to Julio Olivera's humor magazine La Cañada. He studied graphic design at the Instituto Superior Mariano Moreno in Córdoba (1991-1992), then continued at the Figueroa Alcorta School of Fine Arts (1995-1997) and learned 2D animation and digital editing at the Center of Computer Sciences (2000). Sosa completed his education at the Film and TV School of the National University of Córdoba (1999-2003), while serving under director Sergio Pedroza in the animation team of the animated series 'Orson' (2000-2001) at Garabato Animaciones. His short live-action movie '47 El Muerto' (2000), set during the 1970s military dictatorship, was highlighted with a special mention by the National University of Cordoba.

Indie comics scene
Sosa's passion however remained comics and cartoons, but with the professional Argentine comic book industry at an alltime low in the 1990s, the young artist had to seek refuge in small press publications and fanzines. He became a member of the Independent Association of Córdoba cartoonists (A.H.I. Cba) in 1999, and launched his own fanzine El Mostro Comics. He ranks the comics artists Alberto and Enrique Breccia, Hugo Pratt, Francisco Ibañez, Dante Quinterno, Jean Giraud, Joe Madureira, Jorge Zaffino, Ariel Olivetti, Richard Corben, Tanino Liberatore, Simon Bisley, Bruce Timm, Carlos Meglia and Albert Uderzo among his favorites.

Professional career
Following his formal education, Sosa began working as a professional illustrator, animator, comics artist and graphic designer. His long-term collaboration with the national newspaper La Voz del Interior began in 2002, and for many years he illustrated the paper's juvenile sections Chicos.cor and Zona de Juegos. He additionally made cartoons and drawings for the political daily Diario Alfil and the children's section of the free newspaper El Diario de Bolsillo, and worked for Listos Para Jugar, an educational children's magazine from Posadas, Misiones. For Editorial Perfil he has been doing the coloring for the reissues of Dante Quinterno's classic comic 'Patoruzú'.  In 2008 he ventured into adult erotic art, presented on his own website by the FLAA Nation company. Fernando Sosa also provided the illustrations for 'Néstor, Momentos de un Argentino' ("Nestor, an Argentinean story"), a comic written by Emiliano Mastrolia about the life of former President Nestor Kirchner. Sosa has since then provided illustrations to several party magazines.

Koni Konfidential by Fernando Sosa
'Koni Konfidential'.

US comics
Sosa joined forces with other creatives and operated through Sapienstoonz Producciones from 2005 to 2011. Internationally, he has been represented by agencies and production studios like Glasshouse Graphics, Space Goat Productions and Caricatures Now in the USA, Agence Undergram in France, and since 2018 by Joaquin García's Radebu in Barcelona, Spain. Most of his US comic book work has appeared through smaller indie labels and digital comics portals. For Arcana Comics, he illustrated 'Koni Konfidential' (2012), a comic book about supernatural mysteries at a Honolulu high school, written by Mark Poulton. He also drew for Freazie White, Jr.'s 'KnightPriest' (2010) at Mega Comics and was co-artist with Merbitt of 'Fleischer' (2012), a 'Superman' parody written by Edward Gross and Leon McKenzie for Bluewater Productions. All these productions were however of short duration, and lasted only one or two issues. Sosa's work on the "music infused, action-packed comic book series" 'G.C.D. The Demo Comics' for 125 ink and 'Joe Doogan, Zombie Hunter' for Panday Comics presumably never saw print at all.

Comic art by Fernando Sosa Comic art by Fernando Sosa
'Fleischer' and 'Joe Doogan, Zombie Hunter'.

In 2010 he began working on the webcomic about the criminal 'Tony Destructo' with New Jersey-based scriptwriter Tony DiGeralamo for The Webcomic Factory. Since 2018 he works for American Mythology Productions as an artist and colorist on new stories with 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and 'Wendy the Good Little Witch' for the 'Casper & Wendy' comic book. He also restores the art of older stories with the characters which were published originally by Harvey Comics in the 1940s and 1950s.

Other foreign productions
Sosa's art has furthermore appeared in Mexican newspapers, in a series of children's books for the Jewish community in Brazil, and in kids books for the Dutch market (through Striptekenaars.nl). For a client in Italy, he worked on the humorous online pornographic comic 'Miss Joan' (2009), although most of the online episodes are credited to a certain "SAM".

Flodder by Fernando Sosa
In 2015 Sosa provided a test page for a new Dutch comic book based on Dick Maas' 1980s 'Flodder' movie franchise, written by Wijo Koek, but he had to turn down the assignment.

Barricada Comics
In 2007 Fernando Sosa initiated the the independent Latin-American comics group Barricada Comics, for which he served as editor, supervisor and contributing artist. The eponymous anthology series collected stories by South American and Spanish authors, and was available as eBooks through DriveThru Comics. Among the many contributing authors were Mariano Abuh, César Acevedo, Juan Alarcón, Sergio Alvarez, Pedro Belushi, Ceasar, DaniZar, Adrian Forni, Alfredo Gerez, Guillo-O, Ruben Davilla, Martin Gimenez, Víctor González, Kewois, Sebastián Lucqué, Sergio Martinez, Gustavo Moriena, Juan Paz, Guillermo Romano, J. Antonio Rubio, Jennifer Rubio, Carlos Scherpa, Sebastián Weis and Pablo Zambrano. Barricada Comics also released the zombie graphic novel 'Mortal Zombie' by Moraneus and Mario C. Carper, the post-apocalyptic 'Heroina' by Pedro Belushi and Guillermo Zerda and the 1940s superhero anthology 'Golden Age World'. The UK publisher Markosia released the group's zombie comics anthology 'Z-Time' (2012) in print format.

Wi-Fi Digital Press
Barricada's activities eventually evolved into Wi-Fi Digital Press, which was established in 2009 by Sosa in cooperation with the Puerto Rican editor Javier Acevedo (a.k.a. Javier Sama) and the Spanish scriptwriter Jaime Collado. Wi-Fi Digital has released horror and zombie anthologies ('Brujas', 'Zombierama') and comic book series like 'Heroina' (by Pedro Belushi and Guillermo Zerda), 'Carla Alba' (by Fyto Manga), 'Mate Cosido' (by Carlos Scherpa, Leandro Romera and M.C. Carper), 'Johnny Caronte, Zombie Detective' (by Javier Collado and Tony Sandoval), 'Rottentail' (by David Hayes and Kurt Belcher), 'James Zomb' (by Nando Vicente) and 'Elven' (by Nando Vicente). Wi-Fi Digtal Press also serves as an agency of American, European and Asian-influenced comic book creators which provide creative services to the entertainment industry. Some Barricada/Wi-Fi Digital Press productions were published in print by the Cordoba-based publisher Yammal, like the 2016 'Zombierama' anthology. Sosa managed to get a 'Zombierama' magazine on sale in newspaper kiosks with the help of Editorial Ideas Vivas, whereas such publications would usually be only available in specialized shops.

Other activities
Fernando Sosa participated in the 2010 Expotoons festival with the animated short 'Aerolito', which was also represented in the documentary 'Todotoons'. He served as editor and graphic designer for the local rock magazine Al Abordaje (2014-2016) as well as the digital humor magazine Maria Bizca (2013), which is named after the 1970s comics character by Julio Olivera. Through Barricada Studios, Sosa works as animator and director of video clips, most notably for Nuevo Animal Records. He is furthermore the producer and host of the radio show 'Feed Back' on the Córdoba radio station FM Galaxy 97.3. In 2018 he took part in the TV show 'Entre gallos y Medianoche' for Córdoba's Channel 12. He had a graphic humor segment with live cartooning and animated video about politics and the general news.


'Casper & Wendy' by Fernando Sosa.

Cultural management
The artist is furthermore a a driving force behind the Córdoba comics scene, and a promotor of the comics medium in general. He took part in the organization of the city's 2014-2015 Comicazo comics fair, the 2015 "Day of Humor" in the Cultural Center Córdoba and the 2016 Kidcómic festival in that same centre. In 2012, Fernando Sosa was the representative for a bill of protection and promotion of national cartoon art, which was presented in parliament by Deputy Victoria Donda and widely publicized in local media. One of the results was the traveling exhibition '100 x100 National Cartoon', which gave an overview of 100 years of Argentine comics its characters and creators. It was exhibited in 2017 at the ComicCon Argentina, the book fair in the city of Carlos Paz (Córdoba) and at the Casa de las Culturas in Chaco.

Since 2014 Fernando Sosa is the only Argentine member of the National Cartoonists Society. He takes part in several international expositions and festivals, like the cartoon exhibition about the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in Urziceni, Romania, the 2017 ExpoComic event in Chile and the Santa Cruz Book Fair. A retrospective show for his 14 years of cartooning for the newspaper La Voz del Interior was held in the National Library of Congress in 2016.

Comic art by Fernando Sosa

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