Diego Corbalán Hernández, artistic name Magius, has been awarded this Thursday with the National Comic Prize corresponding to 2021 for the work Spring for Madrid. The jury has chosen this work “for its formal and technical quality, the courage and richness of its plot proposal and its lyrical and surgical approach to problems such as political and business corruption.”
He has also highlighted that “in Primavera para Madrid, fiction and reality are mixed through superbly constructed and woven events and characters. A work in form, substance and edition, coherent, risky and, above all, honest ”. In a recent interview in the magazine Icon , Magius defined the work as follows: “It is based on and inspired by real cases of corruption, but not It is no longer a fictional story in which I have used my imagination a lot. Anyway, I think it has been really true and that people who read it will remind them of this or that case. It is a fiction that is difficult to separate from reality.
The award, granted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is endowed with 20. 000 euros and aims to distinguish the best work in this specialty published in any of the official languages of the State during the year 2020.
Magius was born in Murcia in 1981. He is an illustrator, cartoonist and screenwriter. He began editing fanzines in 1998 with the title DD / DT , which was followed by Black Methal, in 2001, which he edited as a compilation in 2012. Later he published others full of color such as Murcia, Clásicos Caninos or Hammon, vignettes that are full of symbolism and iconic elements. He has also used the pseudonym Yo-Perro for stories starring zoomorphic characters. The alias Magius is taken from the monk who illustrated several Beatos in the 10th century. His admiration for this miniaturist can be seen in many of the pages of his creations, not only because of the colors and themes, but also because his but also because his vignettes They are full of symbolism and iconic elements
The jury has been chaired by María José Gálvez Salvador, general director of the Book and Promotion of Reading. Begoña Cerro Prada, Deputy Director General for the Promotion of Spanish Books, Reading and Literature, has acted as vice president. As members, Jesús García Sierra, for the Association of Comic Critics and Popularizers of Spain; David Rubín, for the Federation of Professional Illustrators Associations (FADIP).