Coré, Coke, Lukas & Pepo: “I demand and explanation!”

Condorito by Pepo

Condorito by Pepo

Pepo’s Condorito, Core’s El Peneca, Lukas’ Bestiario, Coke’s Topaze magazine, and more.
Exijo una Explicación: 200 Years of Graphic Narration in Chile” at Santiago’s Bellas Artes Museum leads Chileans down an illustrated memory lane…

 Usa la herramienta de traducción para leerlo en Español… 

 Expressions such as ¡Plop! and ¡Exijo una explicación! (I demand an explanation!) became part of everyday speech in Chile through the pages of the Condorito comic,
Verdejo, the well known "roto Chileno" character by Coke

Verdejo by "Coke"

the work of artist René Ríos Boettiger, better known as Pepo (1911-2000). Condorito first appeared in 1949 as a response to the 1942 Disney animation “Saludos Amigos” that Pepo felt unfairly represented Chile. The anthropomorphized and very Chilean little condor is still a beloved figure today, and current editions of the comic are available at any newspaper stand.
The Bellas Artes Museum is currently running a large exhibition of the country’s most popular comics that provides an interesting review of two centuries of Chilean politics and  social  commentary. Chileans will enjoy revisiting old memories, and foreigners will appreciate the pointed view of Chile by Chileans themselves.
Topaze magazine featured political satire by illustrator Coke
Political satire by “Coke”
 Jorge Délano, better known as Coke (pronounced “CO-kay”), is remembered for his “Verdejo” (vair-DAY-ho) character that represents the “roto chileno” figure in Chilean literature and culture, as well as for the political satire that he incorporated into the pages of Topaze magazine (pronounced “to- PAH-say”), which began in 1931 and ran through 1970 and later reappeared as a supplement of the La Tercera newspaper from 1989 to 1996. It was known (and loved or hated) for its sharp political satire and came to be known as a “barometer of Chilean politics.” 

The exhibit includes an ample selection of illustrations by 56 artists, including the well known Lustig (Pedro Subercaseaux), author of the Federic Von Pilsener character; Coré (Mario Silva Ossa), who illustrated the El Peneca magazine and the cover of the country’s most popular reader, the Silabario Hispano Americano), Lukas (Renzo Pecchenino), whose many works include his Bestiario and a lifetime of illustrations of Valparaíso, Jimmy Scott (Santiago Scott Reyes), whose has regularly poked jabs at Chilean culture and politics for decades), and many more.

The exhibit will run through January 11, 2009.

Museo Bellas Artes
Parque Forestal s/n, Santiago de Chile
Phone: (56-2) 633-472


4 responses to “Coré, Coke, Lukas & Pepo: “I demand and explanation!”

  1. Ha-ha-ha… I have to make the first comment…
    I just clicked on the “translate to Spanish” button and it gave me a laugh.
    As a translator (yes, among other things) I am very wary of machine translators and have been generally impressed by the quality of the translator incorporated in the WordPress software… but the Chilean illustrator known as “Coke,” a common nickname for Jorge, comes out translated as “Coca Cola,” even when I put it in quotes! ¡Nada que ver pues! Así es que si estás leyendo esto en español, sepa que es un error de la maquinita ¡y no es otro “gringuismo” pues!

  2. First of all, this blog is great! I just discovered it and all the posts are excellent. Secondly, I never knew “Plop!” came from El Condorito…I’m really excited to go to this exhibit.

  3. Hi Abby-
    Thanks! Glad you like the blog! And yes, you should definitely go see the exhibit- ¡Te quedarás ¡Plop! de impresionada!
    So you’ve noticed how frequently people say “¡Plop”! Check out the Condorito comics- at least half of the strips end with him giving some smart comment and the other person falling over backwards so that we only see their feet in the air with the comment “Plop”!

  4. Pingback: Chilean Glossary / Glosario Chilensis « Cachando Chile: Reflections on Chilean Culture

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s