translated from the Spanish by Adrian West
Paco Roca is an author and illustrator born in Valencia in 1969. He first worked as an illustrator for Kiss Comix in the early 1990s. His graphic novel Arrugas, excerpted here as Wrinkles, has won numerous prizes in Spain, including the National Comic Prize. In 2011 a feature film based on the novel won the Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Screenplay Adaptation. Roca's most recent work, El invierno del dibujante, is an homage to a group of rebellious artists who struggled to found the groundbreaking magazine Tío Vivo, asserting themselves against the exploitation and censorship endemic in Franco's Spain.
Adrian West is a contributing editor at Asymptote. His translations include the long poem cycle Alma Venus by Pere Gimferrer and Büchner-prize–winning novelist Josef Winkler's Natura Morta and When the Time Comes. His essays, translations, and short fiction have been published in numerous print and online journals, including McSweeney's, 3:AM, and Words Without Borders. He lives with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.